The Children's Virtual Museum of Small Animals


The Children's Virtual Museum of Small Animals

A collection of photos and videos ofinsects, spiders, millipedes, snails taken by children in theirschool yards: “exchanging cards” on the Internet throughout theworld!

Members: 13
Latest Activity: Jul 19, 2012

  1. The children go out in their school yards and discover “Unexpected Fellow Citizens”. Through the grass, the stones, the plants, the ground many small animals appear . . . Video and photo cameras (with a “super macro” lens) help to watch them magnified at once.

  2. Though we are not very skill, we have now many still and moving pictures of insects, spiders, centipedes, woodlice, snails and slugs. Many of those pictures are bad, but some are probably stunning (with digital machines, it's not so difficult to learn how to do!). Photographs show incredible details, and videos catch the movement and the voices of children while discovering, with all the emotion. To listen is surprising, much interesting then the perfect voice of a BBC speaker!

  3. Pictures are to be selected and videos to be cut. It's no use to keep bad and boring things, to please of all we got, despite of quality. This way work professionals, scientists and researchers. Children collect their own good documents, or those useful anyhow to understand and recognize little creatures. Other children in other places are doing the same...

  4. Now we can study and work! All those legs and antennas, watched so close, show us similarities and differences. For example it's not so difficult to distinguish real wasps and bees from similar “disguised” flies! According to the age of children, to their interest, we can deal with science, stories, drawings, or even songs and theatre!

  5. Few pictures and video clips for every group of children, mean just a lot of documents if a similar project is performed in many different places. We can exchange discovering each other and, using the web, even throughout all the world!

  6. Now, in order to set up the Virtual Museum we must know something more. We ask to some expert adults to help us to draw a more accurate classification, so that we can easily put every little animal in its right place. During this long and exciting way, we'll need to tune more and more precisely the gear as far as we go on exploring, shooting, studying. Only children can tell what's right and what's wrong.

    Every kid from any country of the world can contact the Museum, send pictures and other documents, use it as a working and imagining tool and suggest how to make it every day better!

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Comment by Juliet Robertson on June 20, 2012 at 1:16am

How sweet!

Comment by Paolo Beneventi on June 18, 2012 at 10:51pm
Comment by Paolo Beneventi on November 5, 2011 at 7:37am

This is to come again, hoping for many people to join to the project! :-)


Comment by Paolo Beneventi on May 25, 2011 at 9:21am

Incredible drawings of flies by 6 year old children, after discovering in the garden and watching on the screen!

Comment by Paolo Beneventi on April 21, 2011 at 2:52am

First, I thank all those who joined this project!

I've been keeping silent for a while, but now the museum is to be set up well, recalling all the groups of children and educators, as well as scientists, photo and video makers all around the world, who like to help us. There are also publishing groups interested in it, eventually re-designing and maintaining the site, in order to make it better and more friendly, if some conditions are met, above all the visible participation from different countries.

We need ideas, suggestions, reports of use or not use; and we need pictures from children's explorations or activities, or links to videos.

Looking forward to receiving documents from you, we'll exchange soon other news, tutorials, children's opinions. Happy Easter for now.

Paolo Beneventi

Comment by Avery Cleary on February 24, 2011 at 10:16am
Paolo,  What a great way to help children connect with others around the world and develop a love and appreciation for these small friends.
Comment by Paolo Beneventi on February 24, 2011 at 12:05am
Something new in the Museum. Do you like the new introductory pages?
We need now other pictures and video links. We can give, if required, tutorials about shooting. We are pointing out every 7 days the Web Window of the Week, thanks also to your reports.
See you all very soon!
Comment by Suz Lipman on January 14, 2011 at 12:19am
Wow! What amazing photos. Thanks for sharing your love of bugs and creation of the Virtual Museum.

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