Artifacts Teach 2.0 contains nearly three times as many objects as the original. Numbers, however, are not the most important aspect of 2.0; variety is the key. We have added tools, dresses, curios, pottery, textiles, religious icons, art and toys to the on-line Artifacts Gallery. From an adobe brick mold through a Mickey Mouse ring, to a traditional Zuni pot, Artifacts Teach 2.0 covers a wide spectrum of artifacts that can engage students in almost every K-12 classroom quickly and easily.
Access to the objects in Artifacts Teach 2.0 is nearly instantaneous. Gone is an extensive sign-up and login experience. Now, just enter your email and choose a password and you have the entire Artifacts Gallery at your disposal. Scroll over the thumbnail image of any object and a short description appears. Click on the thumbnail and a larger, digitized version appears that you can manipulate easily for examination and selection. At the same time, context support materials – short essays, descriptions, written and photographic examples of people employing the artifact, and excerpts of interviews with those who impart the object’s story – are some of the value-added materials that are available the moment you login. Further, these context support documents can be downloaded and printed for use in your classroom. Objects, context support are readily available for you to insert in your lesson when and where you desire.
Building a lesson on Artifacts Teach 2.0 is quick and easy three-step process: “Choose it” – “Name it” – “Save it” and your lesson is ready. You can build a lesson that contains from 1 to 5 artifacts from the gallery. Once you have saved your lesson, you can retrieve it at any time, modify it by adding or removing objects, and save it for the future. Your lesson is safely and securely stored in your account, and remains there as long as your account is active. No need to recreate a lesson for each period of the day, or from semester to semester.
Artifacts Teach 2.0 features an abbreviated methods course called The Artifacts Academy. Professional, public school teachers from 1st grade through High School present artifact-based lessons they have utilized in their classrooms. They discuss approaches, implementation, student response and effectiveness. These are “How To” videos that provide “real world” information about teaching with artifacts. Further, Artifacts Teach 2.0 provides standardized questions aligned with grade level and discipline for teachers to use. Each set of questions is downloadable for reproduction and use in your classroom.
Artifacts Teach 2.0 is now accessible on iPads and android tablets. “2.0” utilizes the latest photogrammetry technology to produce the digital images which are then stored in the “Cloud,” ready for retrieval when and where you need them. As the “Bring Your Own Device” classroom has evolved, so has Artifacts Teach 2.0.