Title:At Home in the Heartland: Forming a Museum/School Resource via the World Wide Web
Authors:Laura Crane Lewis
Publication:MW97: Museums and the Web 1997

How do museums and schools form a partnership via the World Wide Web? What can such a partnership look like and how can one make sure that all parties -- the museum, teacher and students -- benefit from the experience. The education coordinator for the Illinois State Museum project "At Home in the Heartland Online," worked in tandem with the curator of decorative arts, a computer specialist, and classroom teachers to create an online exhibit with an educational objective as a balancing act between three different learning environments -- the Web, the exhibit and the classroom. This paper will explore the main components of each learning environment and answer the question: In what ways are these learning environments different yet similar?