Amit Sood - Google’s Group Marketing Manager - is the brain behind the Google Art Project. In this Ted Talk he presents the project, talks about how it came about and why access is important to him.
Chances are that you are already familiar with the project, even so it’s still worth a listen (hey, it’s less than six minutes of your life!) to hear him talk about how the project is not designed to replicate the museum-going experience, but to supplement it.
There is an education section, that includes a “Look like an expert” section, which asks questions of the ‘visitor’, leading them to look more closely at the artwork and consider it within the larger context of art history, genre etc. Essentially, it offers guided learning in much the same way museums do (or could/should). The possibilities seem endlessly exciting; the integration of other open source content from around the web (youtube, iTunesU, podcasts, google books, etc.), as well as the links to relevant online resources and collections that already exists.
Does anyone know of any examples of schools/museums/universities etc using the collections function as a teaching tool or assessment tool?E.g.:
- Asking students to put together an annotated collection as a virtual exhibition?
- Putting together a collection as a ‘reader’ for a course os that students can get up close and personal?
- Seen examples of innovative collections or uses of the Google Art Project?