Virtual Visit of the National Gallery in London An etwinning project

Authors: Elena Modesti (Italy) and Victoria Serban (Romania)

About the Project

Two partners school from European countries are going to take an online tour of London and virtually visit the National Gallery. They are going to learn about the permanent collection, visit the several rooms divided in different historical and artistic periods. They are going to learn about world wide famous painters.

Aims

Pupils will improve their English skills, their ICT skills and critical thinking. They will learn about Art, famous painters, beautiful paintings. They will use specific lexis about Art and learn how to describe a picture/painting. They will prepare presentations of some artworks in the Gallery. They will learn to give feedback and comment on each other's work in a positive way. Since they will present and comment as well, they will develop communication skills. In their own classes they will learn to work together with others in a team while creating their presentations.

Work Process

In each class pupils will be divided in groups of four. Each group will describe a list of paintings, say who are the painters, when they lived, why they are famous. Their descriptions will be collected in a presentation using Power Point, Prezi or other digital tools. They can also use www.fotobabble.com, a tools that allows students to upload a painting of the Gallery and record presentations about it. The presentations will be published in TwinSpace and each school will comment on other's presentations. The pupils will be the museums guides and present different aspects of the permanent collection in the Gallery. They will work in teams under the cooperative learning method and will be given different roles within their group. The project will last until the end of the school year.

Resources

Website of the National Gallery, worksheets (i.d. , Power Point, Prezi, www.fotobabble.com, www.biteable.com (a tool for making videos), Twinspace, Forums

Expected results

The schools will have an ebook where the presentations will be collected and shared with each other. There will also be added some videos by the different groups in which the pupils play the roles of the museums guides and describe the paintings and say important information about the painters.

Assessment

The students’ comments; Feedback (A series of questions, for example: What did you enjoy most about the activity? What did you learn from this activity? Would you like to do something similar in the future? Was there anything that you found difficult?)

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