Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 23 - Museum Box

Museum Box is a virtual collection of items (pictures, videos, text, audio) that help to explore a specific topic.  I like to compare it to the hope chest.  Now, the hope chest has always been linked to the female gender only so it isn't 100% like that.  However, it is a place to gather information and share it.

 The full video can be viewed by going to

Getting Started

One very important thing to remember - prepare early.  I have seen some individuals have to wait a week or more for their membership to be approved while others are approved within 24 hours.  So - if you like this tool and want to use it plan to setup your account at least 2 weeks prior to using it in the classroom.

These instructions are for educators wanting to setup an account for themselves and their students.

Step One:  Setting up your account

Visit  On the home page at the bottom right corner you will see:
Choose REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL and the next screen will look like this:

You will select the top choice:  

Follow the steps to creating your account (the United States is considered International)

When filling in the registration form it asks for your school information.  It may or may not find your specific school in the search; multiple teachers can have account at the same school.  Make sure you don't connect your account with another teacher.

After completing registration, you wait.  Once you have received your confirmation that your registration has been approved you can start having fun.

Step Two:  Setting up your class

Head back to the homepage for Museum Box and choose the Teachers Link:
You will be directed to a resource page and your sign in page.  Or - you can login by using this link:
Teacher Sign-in.  Choose the E2Bn login.  Once you are logged in you will see:
Now it is time to add your students.
  1. Click on Museum Box
  2. Click on the tab Students
  3. Start adding students

  •      you can setup the students individually or by creating a CSV file
  •      you will need to give them a username and password

Step  Three:  How to create a box

In order for you to create a box you will need to go back to the homepage: and click the green START.   Remember to login with the E2Bn link.

Now the fun begins!

The "guts" of Museum box:  what does everything mean?


First:  decide on the layout of your box:  How many layers and other options:

After clicking on CHANGE BOX you will be directed to a new window.  Here you will decide on how many layers, cubes, color, etc.

Important note when making these decisions:
  • how much information will you be gathering
  • one cube has 5 sides - 5 pieces of information

For this tutorial I have chosen:
  • 1 layer
  • 1 cube
  • did not change color or texture
After making your choices - remember to click change box again - found on the far right of the above shown screen.

My Drawer

The drawer is where you will place ALL items you plan to use with your box.  These items will be any of the following:

Images:  after making your choice make sure to click ADD TO DRAWER
  • your images that you upload
  • images from the Museum Box gallery

Text:  create the text you will use and don't forget to add to your drawer.

  • record your own
  • use sounds from the Museum Box gallery

  • create your OWN videos with a webcam
  • upload videos created outside of museum box

Files:  (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, etc)
remember when adding these files the viewer will have to download the file to preview it

Links:  web links

Search:  this is not something you add to the box but allows you to search your drawer for specific 

I know that it seems like alot of work getting everything ready before you make your box but it is well worth the effort.  Depending on your comfort level you may even add things during the creation instead ahead of time.  It is a personal choice.

  • Click on the cube you want to work on - it will open in a new window
I like to open my drawer now so I can see everything I have added.

Now just start adding to your cube.  You can just click, drag and drop -OR- chose and click on ADD TO CUBE.  (I personally like the click, drag and drop.  You can also move items around on the cube that way.
  • you can label each cube if you wish but it isn't necessary
  • when you are satisfied, click on OK
Note:  don't forget to name your box at the top of the main window:

So now your box is created - what do you do now?

  1. Save
  2. Submit
It is important for students to submit their box so you, the teacher, can review it.  

The above button MESSAGES is a place where students or other Museum Box submitters can view messages from individuals that view and comment on their box.

The button LOAD allows you to load a previously created box and edit.

After you or a student SUBMITS their box you will get this notification:

For students:  you, the teacher, are the administrator that views and approves/denies the box.

After students submit their boxes you will be able to login as a teacher and view all submitted boxes:

Notice the tabs ALL, PENDING, APPROVED, REJECTED, DELETED, DISABLED.  To approve or deny you chose the box and make your decision after viewing it.   You can also leave messages for the student.

An example found on Museum Box:

Click on the cube and it will open for viewing.

Challenge - how could you put Museum Box to use in your classroom?


  1. I first saw this way back at one of the first 1:1 workshops with Transformational Teaching. I tried to think of a way then to use this in math and haven't come up with any ideas yet besides a history project. And we don't teach the history of math... I need something relevant to a course and standards. This seems like it could be similar to one of the first blog entires on; just harder to use. Would student activations take long? It would be a good time capsule tool to use for someone who does projects like that. Ideas?

  2. I used Museum Box last spring for a book project. In theory Museum Box was a great way for students to analyze the fictional elements of the novels they've read. However, we found the site difficult to use. Student's work was not saved consistently and some students had difficulty accessing their accounts. I had trouble creating and accessing my own account. The site did not run as smoothly as I would have liked. I may try it again if it has been updated.

  3. Sounds like a new, cool presentation tool! I haven't used it yet, but it does seem a bit complicated. I'm not sure if third graders could handle it. I, of course, could make my own cubes for them to explore. Also, I love the idea of making the cubes with layers, etc. I could definitely come up with some great math questions just in the creation of the cubes! Volume, multiplication, geometry, etc. are just a few! We do Evansville history in the spring and would love to make a class presentation using it!

  4. This is a great way for students to present their information in a culminating way. It is very visual and reached those students who need a very visual way to present their findings. I love that you can embed docs as well as pics, videos, etc as well. This is another great presentation tool.

  5. It looks like a tool to organize information, including text and videos, like and Thinglink. I can see this working well in English and Social Studies to pull apart certain characters, locations, or events and include more in-depth information about those things in the museum box. If we researched famous mathematicians, this tool could be useful, but I prefer other resources for the math classroom.

  6. This looks interesting. I could put together a box for important Roman authors, or perhaps to group rulers or major political players that were around the same time period/era for students to explore. Or perhaps I could use it to create a project for students to put boxes together about an era or a myth.

  7. I also do not have much of a use for this one, but it could be used in presenting prominent composers and music in history, or for the composers my students are playing right now.

  8. I think this is a creative way to organize information. Students could come up with a reflection box on each unit, and then could use the boxes to review at the end of the year. I'm looking forward to seeing examples - the teachers section of the site said they plan to upload lesson/project examples that other teachers have used in the coming weeks.

  9. I have tried to use Museum Box before in social studies, but did not find it to be very user friendly. The students thought the site was difficult to navigate and I had difficulty with the accounts. That was a few years ago, however, so I would be interested in giving it another try. It would be ideal for sorting various parts of a larger event, such as a war or a specific time period. I love the visual aspects to the program -- I just hope it's easier to use this time around.

  10. Based on the reviews so far, I'm not sure this would be good to use with my students. Perhaps I could create a box with mystery clues, and my students could guess what the mystery character, figure, concept, etc. would be.

  11. I am with Kati, the reviews are not sounding promising. I will look into it. I think I could use for my Social Studies making timelines, projects, etc. We do not have one to one and so we would have to use our lab. If the site is hard to navigate I am not for sure if the old route of a Prezi or Powerpoint woudl be easier for the students. If you have to take too long or something is hard they will tune out fast and loose the point of trying to learn. I do like the option of layering the boxes. That sounds like a nice feature that someof the others don't have. You could use that as an assessment portion to see if they truly placed the right items where they should be.

  12. I'm not sure how I would use this in a math class. It seems a little complicated. Just reading the above directions seems to highlight many steps that are involved in creating this. Like all new technology, I am sure with practice it might seem easier to use. I have not registered yet as there is no time right now to play around with this and since it appears that you have to wait once you've first registered, I'll look at this in depth another day. If any math teachers (high school level) are using this, I'd love to hear some of their ideas.

  13. Wow I am afraid I will sound completely redundant here. I too am a math teacher and see only very limited ways that this can be used. As stated earlier since we don't really research mathematicians it doesn't seem to apply to readily to a middle school classroom. The box idea itself could be equated to maybe an online version of a geometry book I have seen teachers make in the past if we chuck the museum aspect of this tool. Maybe...

  14. Also, I can't remember if there was a website you could check to make sure you have answered every single one of these challenges. I just want to make sure I didn't accidentally miss a day or something silly that would preclude you from the drawing. Anyone know?

  15. As others have stated, I have not played around with this site yet and if it takes awhile for activation I could be spending my time learning more about some of the other sites. I do see this being used as another presentation tool for a variety of projects - so far my students are loving and of course using Google Docs, I question if this one is as user friendly based just on trying to read the directions for setting it up! I did not check this site at school, I wonder if it is blocked on the student netbooks? I still need to email about getting Photo Story 3 unblocked on the netbooks so the kids can put it to use. I will file this one in my "to do" list, but will probably spend more time continuing to learn what all I can do with some of the other sites we have talked about.

  16. I could see possibly using this as a culminating novel project. It looks like it would lend itself nicely to a historical fiction project. I do share the concerns of others who think it looks a little complicated.

  17. For something that is this much work, I could use it to build a unit that I might use in my one-semester Ethnic Lit class...that way I get twice the bang out of it. A visually appealing way to pull a lot of resources together.

  18. Thank you for sharing. This really looks interesting and I will need to try it out. It might be a little too much for my third graders.

  19. I agree with Aaron. I immediately thought of composer presentations. This would be a neat way to present material and have the kids interact to collect research. I see that there is a library of images, maybe there is also a library of already created resources that could be accessed. That would be helpful.

  20. One of my regular post-novel projects is to create a "museum" display, so this is a perfect digital option! This is even better because it will provide students to opportunity to access more information and place it in the same spot. It's also new and better than Powerpoint or ActivInspire for the concept, in my opinion!

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  22. This is a fabulous website, but could be very intimidating for technology challenged faculty. I think the students would find it fascinating! This would be a great way to conduct research as we move forward with Common Core standards. I love the tutorial on the blog! It would certainly be something that I would share with my teachers and/or students to get them started.

  23. I appreciate reading the feedback in these comments. I think for right now, I will pass this on to our teacher of advanced students. I may develop a challenge project and ask students to use this tool. I'm going to take some time over the holiday break to play around more with this.