Using Artefacts in the Classroom

  • #UKEdChat session 563
  • In our digital age, places were real objects can be seen are more popular than ever.
  • Viewing and handling objects can enhance the learning experience like nothing else.
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Often our learners find abstract concepts difficult to grasp, especially for younger children. The tactile feel of an object has the power to bring real meaning to a learning experience in a way that few other things can. From artefacts from the past to treasured personal possessions, these can bring extra insights which the written word can struggle to articulate, or that chalk and talk can convey.

Even in our digital age, where many items can be viewed in high definition and in three dimensions, zoomable and viewable from any angle, yet museums and art galleries filled with treasures from the past are more popular than ever. The appeal to see (and even handle) an original of something that seems to be embedded into the human psyche and using artefacts in the classroom can have tangible benefits to learning.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 28th July 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed how objects, new and old, can be used in the classroom to further learning opportunities and enhance the experience.


  1. What artefacts or objects have you used in your subject area or age group to enhance learning, and how did you use them?
  2. How can museum artefact be used in your subject area or age group? Have you used museum loan boxes?
  3. How have you used objects and artefact which pupils bring from in your lessons?
  4. What should be the ground-rules when using objects and artefacts in the classroom?
  5. What is the best way to display objects created by your learners?
  6. What is the role of digital objects? Is the future of novel artefacts in the classroom virtual reality?
  7. What objects or artefacts are unique or out of the ordinary in your school?
  8. If there were no restrictions, what one object or artefact would you love to bring into your class?

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