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Playing around in 3D museums from Smithsonian and Google

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Lately the digital galleries we visit have gotten a little more real.  3D scanned images allow us to get really up close and personal and around every bend. Recently launched, Smithsonian X 3D presents a variety of 3D collections. The objects are viewed in the sophisticated Explorer browser that allows incredible opportunities to manipulate, measure, […]

Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian

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Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer, even when you are not around to guide them? If you have any contact with your students or parents, or if you have some kids of your own, consider sharing the Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program as […]

NGA Images Database launches (with Open Access Policy)

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Yesterday, our National Gallery of Art made the following generous announcement that will be of interest to teachers and learners across the disciplines. The National Gallery of Art announces the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection at http://images.nga.gov. This repository […]

OMGigapixel!: Google Art Project launches and it’s beautiful!

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In collaboration with seventeen of the world’s great museums, Google now takes its Street View indoors and allows to visit more than 400 rooms, examine the work of over 385 artists, and view and compare more than 1000 works of art. Here’s an introduction from Google developer Amit Sood and Sir Nicholas Serota of the […]

Touring: Museum and tour apps and what they may mean for learners

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This morning my husband and I visited the Late Renoir exhibit at our Philadelphia Museum of Art.  While enjoying the audio tour led by two distinguished curators, I wondered if the museum also had an app for that. I wondered, if beyond those temporary exhibits we regularly tour, if our museum offered tours of the […]