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 http://museumbox.e2bn.org/about/.
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 http://museumbox.e2bn.org. 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.
- Click on Museum Box
- Click on the tab Students
- 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: http://museumbox.e2bn.org/ 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.
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.
HERE WE GO!!
- 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?
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 http://gas.services.e2bn.org/ 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: http://creator.museumbox.e2bn.org/mediaCreator/show/4824
Click on the cube and it will open for viewing.
Challenge - how could you put Museum Box to use in your classroom?