Visiting museums can be a wonderful complement to classroom lecture and discussion. Many museums have developed high-quality web sites that offer valuable educational content, and by perusing the web site prior to a visit, teachers can ensure that the trip to the museum will be a success.
Here are some ideas about how to make the most of the a real museum visit by taking a virtual visit first:
- Visit the site and review its content.
- Decide which parts will be most relevant to your students.
- Find out how quickly the site loads onto the computer to ensure that you can avoid downtime in the classroom.
- Assess whether the information on the site is most relevant at the start of a subject unit or later in the course. And, make sure to schedule the museum visit at the right time.
- Use the online review to instruct students about behavior at a museum.
- If possible, contact museum staff and find out if they will answer online questions from students prior to or after a visit.
- Encourage students to explore the web site as a prelude to an in-person visit and to figure out which sections of the museum they wish to visit.