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App of the Week: Engage kids in the world of art

February 15th, 2016

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Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.

MetKids

What’s It Like?MetKids is a kid-friendly gateway to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The site features three major sections: “Map” lets users explore an interactive cartoon map of the Met, clicking red dots to learn more about the artwork and yellow dots to learn about visitor spaces in the museum. Each red dot lets users view a work of art in detail, and they can click “Listen” (to learn more about the work in a a child narrator’s voice), “Discover” (to read more background information), “Imagine” (to imagine what the artwork might mean more broadly in its original context and today), and “Create” (where kids can create their own art related to the work they’ve just explored). There’s also an “even more information” link that kids can tap to enter the Met’s website for grown-ups and explore the work in even greater detail.

Price: Free

Grades: 1-6

Pros: Great videos and a fun interactive map help kids get oriented to the real-life Met and its artwork.

Cons: Some kids may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content; it’s hard to keep track of what you’ve already visited.

Bottom line: A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.