When it comes to science education, Google Arts & Culture is brimming with possibilities. Previously known as the Google Art Project, this vast, interactive archive contains high-quality images, videos, and 360-degree views of artworks from around the world and across a huge array of partner institutions. You can even find fun virtual experiments and games to try.
The Artist’s Perspective
Visual art can be a great tool for engaging students of all ages, and can help build context and understanding across a range of subject areas, from history to language arts to the natural sciences and math.
With such a broad set of tools, however, it’s helpful to have a guide. Below, you’ll find several links to activities and resources for using Google Arts & Culture with your students. Then we’ll outline a few exciting experiments and digital tools on the platform that you can use to design your own lessons and activities.
- You can check out reviews from educators, a list of pros and cons for the platform, and more on this page from Common Sense Education.
- Pick up 15 quick ideas for history teachers looking to integrate tech into their lessons using Google Arts & Culture in this post from Peacefield History.
- Find suggestions for immersive learning on the platform (including AR/VR) from EdTech magazine here.
Experiments and More
Here are a few examples of tours, games, collections, and interactive activities in tech, math, science, and engineering — all conveyed through the arts.
|Seven Science Museums Around the World||space exploration, engineering, natural history, robotics||video, audio, Street View||This page collects mini virtual tours of inventive science museums around the world.|
|Blob Opera||AI, machine learning, music||audio, video||Drag and pull these singing blobs to create harmonies, songs, and more.|
|Giraffatitan Dinosaur: Back to Life in 360 VR||natural history, biology, geology, dinosaurs||AR/VR, video||Watch a dinosaur come to life in this video.|
|Museum of Engineering Innovation||engineering, medicine, biology||interactive, virtual exhibits||London’s Royal Academy of Engineering shares 20 online exhibits and more.|
Learning Art with Science
On the flip side, tech can give us tremendous insights into the arts and humanities, from hearing a painting to filling crossword puzzles with images.
|Play a Kandinsky Painting||art, art history, biology, psychology||audio, music, painting||What if you could hear color? This interactive uses machine learning to attempt to convey artist Vassily Kandinsky’s synesthesia.|
|Color Explorer||color theory, visual art||painting||Dive into the massive trove of art, searching by color.|
|Puzzle Party||art, art history, collaborative learning||painting, puzzle||Work together digitally to create great artworks as a virtual puzzle.|
|Visual Crosswords||art, history, visual reasoning and thinking||video, interactive||Learn about art history, movements, and more by moving images in these visual crossword puzzles.|
How do you use Google Arts & Culture in your teaching and learning? Sound off in the comments!