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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Exploring Leonardo

Country: Germany
Century: 1500 - The 16th Century
Topic: Leonardo Da Vinci
Image of the product:

Name of Author(s): Various
Name of Producer: Museum of Science, Boston
Language/s of Product: English
Website of the product:
Target Group: primarily students and their teachers
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Description of contents:
Presentation of Leonardo da Vinci art and inventions by various authors
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: good
Degree and quality of interaction: excellent
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: excellent
Quality of the evaluation tools: good
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
The "Inventor´s Workshop" displays the many inventions Leonardo made. Under the sub-link "Visions of the Future" the pupils can see the impact, Leonardo´s inventions had on the present time. There even is a little online quiz ("Leonardo´s Mysterious Machinery") in which the students can guess, what the shown machine part may be. Furthermore, the site suggests a classroom activity.
"Leonardo´s Perspective" explains the time in which Leonardo lived and how the genius was influenced by it. Under the headline "Leonardo: >From Right to Left" the site presents a classroom activity in which the students have to figure out, why the artist used "mirror-writing" in his notebooks and diaries. "What, where, when" shows a map of Rennaissance Italy, that follows the master on his travels. The last menu-point is "Additional Resources". There is a glossary and a link list, as well as a letter to teachers who intend to work with the site
I utterly recommend this site to all teachers working with pupils of the 5th to 8th grade. It is presented very lively and has many things for the children to try and figure. It could as well prove very useful for interdisciplinary teaching of arts physics and english.
Name of teacher: Bettina Cramm
Name of School: Wilhelm-Raabe-Schule Lüneburg
Country: Germany
Subjects Taught: Fine Arts

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