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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


ArtsConnectEd

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 13, 2003 by Teacher Education
Overview: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center created this
interactive site to allow different learning styles to be influenced by art. The
art gallery allows visitors to create their own online gallery of their
favorite pieces, while the Playground lets users interact online and create a
variety of different types of artwork. Students will enjoy the interactive art
activity in "Another Look" in the Look and Listen part of the Playground.
Explore online or download the TEachers' Guide. Besides the Ballery and
Playground, there is information for teacher's classroom, a library, an
archives, a site tour, and site search feature.
Learning Goals: The goal of ArtsConnectEd is to make arts education timely, engaging,
interactive, and pertinent for both teachers and students of all ages.
Target Student Population: Pre-K through adult arts education students and teachers, children and parents
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.
Type of Material: Collection, simulations, reference
Recommended Uses: K-12 students can interact directly with the resources and animations found at
this site. Teachers and student teachers can design lessons, online
investigations, and research projects around several different parts of this
site.
Technical Requirements: Several of the interactive experiences at this site, especially in the
Playground, need special applications or plug-ins for one of the following:
Shockwave, Flash, QuickTime, or Cosmo VRML. Direct links for downloading these
are available from this site. Each interactive item is clearly identified with
what plug-in it needs.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This rich, visual, and versatile site features PreK-Adult interactive activities
that allow different learning styles to be influenced by art. There are
combined art collections, libraries, and archives from the Walker Art Center and
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Full-color digital images of works of art,
audio and video samples, and textual information are presented in organized
sections. There are more than 80 online lesson plans and curriculum units for
K-12 teachers, reflecting the newly instituted Minnesota Graduation Standards
and the National Content Standards in the Arts. There are online activities for
all age groups that range from simple exercises on color and scale to complex
3D environments. The link to ArtsNet Minnesota contains four thematic
curriculum units developed with arts educators throughout the state, entitled
Environment, Identity, Inner Worlds, and What is Art?. Related arts education
links and resources are also included. The content is updated regularly.


Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: As integration, interdisciplinary studies, and technology continue to evolve in
the K-university arena arts simulations, collections, and references packaged
like this site does, offer support for visual literacy within the entire
curriculum. Having immediate access to concrete arts examples for the
development of a class project, a research investigation, written report, or web
page can stimulate the flow of more creative ideas for both students and
educators. The interactive learning activities are diverse and designated for
age appropriateness.


Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Netscape or Internet Explorer are the recommended browsers. The site is easy
to navigate and well designed for locating the different resources. There are
clear and specific directions for accessing the range of examples on this site.
The About ArtsEdConnect link from the main page leads to the For Best Viewing
link that includes the recommended hardware, browsers, and direct links to all
necessary plug-ins necessary for viewing every item within the site. There is
also a powerful search engine within the site. The zoomable image features
within the ArtsConnectEd site are driven by Live Pictures Image Server
Enterprise Edition. The Live Picture Servers Universal Viewing technology allows
users to zoom into multi-resolution Flashpix images and examine them in detail.
There's no need for client software or plug-ins, and it works with standard Web
browsers.
Concerns: None.

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