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  • Judy Decker
    Dear Art Educators, Patty Knott posted this site to Getty list (recommended by Education World) SmARTkids OVERALL GRADE: A+
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 9, 2003
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      Dear Art Educators,

      Patty Knott posted this site to Getty list (recommended by Education World)

      SmARTkids
      OVERALL GRADE: A+
      http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/smartkids/index.html
      Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Parents

      I have added a link to it on:
      http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/for-kids.htm


      CONTENT: A+
      This site from the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago was developed
      to help students ages 7-12 to "discover ways to look at, think about, and
      respond creatively to art."

      AESTHETICS: A+
      SmARTkids uses Flash technology to present the site in a bright animated
      format that children ages 7-12 will enjoy. Users have the option of changing
      the background color of the site. Flash Player is required and can be
      downloaded from the site.

      ORGANIZATION: A+
      The site is organized into four major sections; Look and Share, Art
      Detective, Art Speak and Artist Studio. Links to each are located on the
      main page and navigation through the site is intuitive. There is also a link
      to the handy site map in the upper left corner of the page.

      REVIEW: A+
      SmARTkids offers kids and adults new ways of learning about art. The four
      main areas of the site each give a different way to think and learn about
      art. The Art Detective is a game that allows youngsters to choose the right
      labels for some of the artwork in the Smart Museum. Think and Share offers
      ways to make sense of artworks by exploring a sculpture, learning what makes
      a painting or photograph or how artists tell a story through art. Children
      can visit the Art Studio for a look at how photographs are developed, read
      an interview with and artist and tour an artist studio. Art Speak teaches
      children the language of art. This illustrated glossary gives a simple
      definition, pronunciation and offers an open-ended question and a link to an
      online journal to help children organize their thoughts. Additionally there
      are hands on activities that can be printed and completed offline, a
      teacher's section with ways to integrate the site across the curriculum, a
      parent's section with
      ways to use the site with their children and an artwork of the month page
      that features one artwork from the museum's collection with focusing
      questions and a related activity.
      http://www.educationworld.com/awards/2003/r1003-29.shtml


      Judy Decker - Ohio
      Jdecker@...
      Incredible Art Department
      http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/
      http://www.incredibleart.tk
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