Color Uncovered

Color Uncovered is comprised of different modules centered on interactive color perception, illusion, and science activities. In each module, users learn about the following: - how the brain perceives color - tricks and quirks of famous artists - the science and histories of different color dyes - the science of light waves - the processes that give food its color - the technicalities as to how computers and TVs display colors Color Uncovered uses an easy, side-swiping interface, touch buttons that display expanded information, and a bottom navigation bar. Users can easily navigate to a desired module to…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.6
B. Design - 8.2
C. Engagement - 8

7.3

Summary : Mind blowing color phenomenon explained!

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Color Uncovered is comprised of different modules centered on interactive color perception, illusion, and science activities. In each module, users learn about the following:

– how the brain perceives color
– tricks and quirks of famous artists
– the science and histories of different color dyes
– the science of light waves
– the processes that give food its color
– the technicalities as to how computers and TVs display colors

Color Uncovered uses an easy, side-swiping interface, touch buttons that display expanded information, and a bottom navigation bar. Users can easily navigate to a desired module to read about and/or participate in a color-science phenomenon. An explanation of each phenomenon is provided using understandable science terms.  Created by Exploratorium – an interactive science, art, and perception museum in San Francisco – Color Uncovered can be used in conjunction with the museum’s activity-rich website at www.exploratorium.edu.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Using Color Uncovered, teachers can instruct students to read and view examples about a specific phenomenon. Next, students could re-create the phenomenon using physical materials. For example, students would first review the “Blue Square” module in Color Uncovered and then re-create the phenomenon using markers, paper, and glue. Following, students could be instructed to include a paragraph that explains the phenomenon. Finally, teachers could display the re-creations around the classroom as a means for demonstrating students’ synthesis of learned concepts.
  2. Teachers can instruct students to use Color Uncovered to review modules about the use of coloring and shading techniques in artwork. Next, teachers could provide samples of artwork in which students are to identify various techniques within each piece. Lastly, teachers can instruct students to compose a paragraph explaining how the technique is used in a specific piece of art. To add a twist to this assignment, students could be required to search the Internet, advertisements, and/or local establishments (restaurants, shops, entertainment venues) for examples of various coloring and shading techniques. Students would then capture the techniques via digital means (picture/video) or hard copy. Finally, students can share their findings by composing a written explanation of the technique, sharing their artifact of the technique, and presenting their explanation and artifact(s) to the class.
  3. Teachers can use Color Uncovered in conjunction with the exploratorium.edu site to provide students with additional information about light and color. After students have viewed a specific amount of content and videos on the website and within the app, teachers can have students write an essay using CloudOn or by creating a presentation with Prezi to explain what they have learned. Some ideas for prompts to which students could respond include how light works, how human eyes view light, and how artists use color in their work.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity

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