Wednesday, June 10, 2020

More Online Edutainment as Shelter-in-Place Begins to Lift

I happen to live in a state that has moved quickly to “reopen the economy.”  But even so, many venues we used to visit pre-coronavirus to educate and entertain (edutain) ourselves are not reopening in my state for a long time.  Museums, indoor movie theatres, libraries, galleries, concert halls, conferences are mostly remaining closed.  And, like my children, many of you may live in states or countries that have not yet reopened.

Which means it’s still timely to share more online edutainment resources that have come to my attention recently:

·      Virtual tours of museum exhibits with Google Arts & Culture
·      Prose and poetry from the Poetry Foundation
·      The greatest films you’ve never seen from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
·      13 virtual train rides compiled by Travel & Leisure

People are even finding ways to share these experiences via their online platform of choice (FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc.).  Each participant is on a video call with the other(s), while all participants do the virtual tour / watch the movie at the same time.  They can stop at any point to discuss what they’re watching, or can wait until the end of the program to have their discussion.  Not quite the same as going out to a museum or movie together, but better than feeling stuck in your house with nowhere to go and no-one to talk to.

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