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What Can I Do With The Exchange?

For Educators

As an educator, what can I do with the Exchange?

The Exchange is essentially a platform for creating and sharing resources about art, teaching, learning, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s collection. It has three levels: Objects, Resources (Documents), and Learning Collections (Folders).


You may want to:

1. Create a slideshow of images to share with your students

You teach high school photography and want to display images of Ansel Adams without booking a session in the Print Study Room at UMMA (but this is always an option) . . . You teach middle school social studies and want to incorporate traditional scrolls and calligraphy in your lesson on China. . . You teach first grade and want access to art that features geometric shapes . . .


See “Exchange: How to Create a Resource” for a tutorial about how to build a resource that includes multiple images.


2. Use prepared lesson plans

The “For Educators” learning collection contains lesson plans and enrichment activities that can be used in the classroom or the museum. Check these out, and then create your own.

3. Ask students to respond to your lesson

After viewing your slideshow or participating in your lesson, students can create their own resource in response. These can function as content exploration or an assessment.


4. Comment on other teachers’ work

You may find a posted lesson plan to be particularly helpful, or you may alter the materials to better suit ELL (English Language Learner) students. Please comment on these lessons and note your adjustments so other teachers can benefit from your expertise.

5. Research specific objects

To search for objects related to your curriculum, begin by conducting a basic or advanced search in the search bar in the top right corner of the Exchange home page. Your search results will be divided into three categories: Objects, Resources (files), and Learning Collections (folders).



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