As an art educator, part of my responsibilities is to display a continuously rotating exhibition of student artwork. It takes a lot of time to make everything look nice, fit well within the bulletin board space, and really showcase each student’s hard work. And yes, it is disheartening when many people don’t stop and take a look.
That’s why I like to create interactive displays. They may take a little more time to put together, but the benefits reaped are worth it.
Interactive displays engage the viewer to actively participate. The displays may include anything from “please touch” sections, QR codes to scan with your smart phone, flip-able questions and answers, and even spaces to write responses and encouragement. Each interactive display is able to educate other students, teachers, parents, and the community about the topics or skills that students have learned in your classroom. As a result, (and because they are just so darn fun!), more visitors tend to stop, look at, and play around with your displays, and people become excited to see what you’ll do for the next one!
Interactive displays are not just limited to student art displays. Showcasing a math project? Put a few of the equations up for viewers to solve. Student reports on ancient civilizations going up on the cork strip? Have students create a visual mural for the wall setting the scene, complete with QR codes that link to more information about the culture. A world language class studying restaurant vocabulary could have a mini cafe set up with labels on items in French or Spanish!
What are some interactive displays that have been created at your school? What feedback have you gotten about interactive displays?