Have you or your gifted child ever participated in a virtual tour of a museum? There are many resources available to bring faraway places right into your home, child’s classroom, or as the first link says, “tour from the comfort of your own sofa”. It is quite astounding to think that we have the capability to view fine works of art, great architecture, historical artifacts and scenes, or visit other types of museums from around the world virtually. The world really is a small place when considering this perspective. Below are websites your family, gifted student(s), or any child or adult may wish to explore. Allow gifted students to delve deeply into favorite places or topics, and be open to where their curiosity and keen interest may take them. Their interest may even take them to places locally, in the state, or elsewhere to explore a similar topic closer to home or far away. It could even lead to a family vacation! A virtual museum tour may inspire some gifted students to pursue topics that are new to them, which helps broaden their minds and experience, and builds neural connections in their brains.
With colder weather and winter coming, virtual museum tours may be just the thing to keep advanced minds active. Match an activity with a virtual tour and you have a high level of active learning for the student. For example, if you visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and viewed Claude Monet’s Snow Scene at Argenteuil at the National Gallery, London, you could have the gifted student investigate Argenteuil to inform others about it, or to write a poem about the scene and what might be happening next. https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/snow-scene-at-argenteuil-claude-monet/6gG1NjNrhREvdQ?hl=en
Gather your gifted child and family, an Internet device, and some snacks; get comfortable on your sofa and enjoy some time on your virtual museum tour. Happy exploring!
Good News Network Virtual Museum Tours
Be sure to explore the link on the website above for “Text Me Any Masterpiece” where you text a topic, and the museum displays matching artwork.
Dr. Wanda Routier
Past WATG Board Member
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