Gone are the days of dusty slides, dimmed lights, and the sound of a shuffling projector. The digital shift has drastically changed how we study art history. Slides are now high-resolution images. Museum visits are bolstered with virtual tours. Thirty-pound textbooks are reborn as online databases. Naturally, these changes have generated tons of new resources -- not just vast databases, but also curricular resources to build lessons and engage students. So, like looking at an impressionist painting, let's stand back and make sense of it all.
A comprehensive, interactive tool like Google Art Project is a great jumping-off point since it features a huge database of high-resolution images along with virtual museum-mapping technology. Khan Academy's SmartHistory offers hundreds of video talks that get kids thinking critically. And, while we don't want to undermine the value of real-life museum visits, the app for the Museum of Modern Art, the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and San Francisco's Asian Art Museum offer tons of valuable content without the hassle of traveling. It's the next best thing to taking a selfie with Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.
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