3D Digital Artifact Collection

Teachers and Technology

In the Spring of 2016, Education Week conducted a national survey of classroom teachers concerning their opinions about and use of technology in the classroom. The results are very interesting. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 70 percent felt that technology enriches the classroom experience for both students and teachers
  • A majority believed that technology helps facilitate learning

In addition, the survey showed that the top three roles technology should play in the class room are:

  1. To provide a variety of learning tools or modalities
  2. To make the learning experience more engaging
  3. To differentiate the learning experience

Here is how the digitized artifacts at Artifacts Teach meet each of the expectations for technology in the classroom.

  • 138 digitized artifacts ranging from drop spindles and candles molds to 20th century children's toys, textiles, tools and Civil War objects provide the widest variety of learning potentials for teachers in a student-centered, teacher-led environment.
  • Artifacts engage students immediately at levels of higher order thinking. "What is this?" "Where have I seen it, or something like it before?" These are all questions that immediately emerge in a student's mind when an artifact is presented to a class. Both of these questions access prior knowledge, the first step in higher order thinking.
  • Utilizing artifacts automatically allows for differentiation. Students engage with and analyze objects based on their own personal experience. They do not have to read well. They do not have to write well. They do not have to be fluent in a specific language or an expert in a particular discipline in order to participate actively and effectively. Because students engage personally with objects, artifacts naturally differentiate within any class and any lesson.

Artifacts Teach is easy to use - three mouse clicks and you have a lesson. Artifacts Teach provides background and context support for each and every artifact in the gallery. Artifacts Teach can make the positive impact you desire in your classroom as you begin this new academic year.

Artifacts Teach - anytime, anywhere, any student.


  • “Every object has a story to tell if you know how to read it.”
    – Henry Ford
  • “Dealing with objects is a great way to teach the different steps involved in analyzing different kinds of materials. With just a little background, you can get students to engage with entirely new materials in extremely fruitful ways.”
    – Anita Nikkanen
    Harvard University
  • “Using objects helps students develop important intellectual skills.”
    – John Hennigar Shuh
    Curator, Nova Scotia Museum
  • "Whenever I used objects in my EFL classroom, I was surprised by how many questions I would get. I was especially excited when students who usually sat quietly were tempted to ask a question based on my object.”
    – Jenny Wei
    Specialist, National Museum of American History
  • When we examine the parts, we get a new perspective on the whole. There is nothing like holding a dinosaur bone, or the smell of cedar baskets…”
    – Burke Museum
    University of Washington, Seattle WA
  • “Every object has a story, right? Actually that’s a bit limiting. Every object has multiple stories.”
    – Rob Walker
    designer of Significant Objects and How They Got That Way

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