A Different Way to Create a Digital Portfolio or Presentation
** I have changed my review after using it in class.**
This tool is a good organizational device for visual learners. It helps them think about where their evidence fits into the larger whole. It's also a different way to present information, and student appreciate variety.
Boxes can be somewhat customized by users, but they are all pretty similar. It's not a tool I would overuse because the boxes end up all looking pretty similar.
The homepage allows users to view boxes created by others, but I wish there was an all-star page or something. I'd like to show my students excellent examples, but they are all sorted alphabetically or by school instead of by quality.
There are copious tutorials and help screens for teachers.
Ultimately, I can't recommend Museum Box because it is too expensive. Teachers can create a class account for around $100. Some U.K. schools have access to the site already. Users can try Museum Box, but they must pay for an account if they want to save their trial. I wish it gave users limited access for free.
How I Use It
Museum Box allows students to organize information (in the form of pictures, documents, videos, sound clips, etc) by placing it in boxes. These boxes can be further sorted into layers.
I would use this tool to have students build portfolios of their writing skills. Each box could contain evidence of a particular skill (informative writing, revision strategies, etc). Students could put evidence of each skill in different boxes. Also, each box could then contain an explanation or reflection of how their evidence proves mastery of the skill. Students might also include audio files explaining their reasoning or links to further evidence.
The Museum Boxes could then be shared on a screen in front of the class or shared as a link. The box displays as a three- dimensional cube. As the user clicks on the cube, it can rotate among the six faces of the block to show the different evidence. Students could use this as a presentation device instead of PowerPoint.
I haven't tried it yet, but I could see students using this tool as a way to gather evidence for a research project, too. It would be a great way to help students visualize how to gather evidence for specific points/paragraphs. They could put their topic sentence on the "front" face of their cube. Supporting quotes, evidence, and examples could be on other faces. Explanations of their evidence could also be included in the box. It would be a way for visual learners to see the structure of their paragraphs and essay.