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planetwordmuseum.org

Nov 16, 2020 2020-11-16

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Voice-Activated Museum Devoted to Words

Planet Word is an immersive museum in Washington, DC, devoted to words, reading, and language: the way we learn, use, and manipulate the words and grammar that define us. In the first gallery, a video montage shows young children trying out their first words; in the second gallery, an interactive display with a 20-foot “wall of words” traces the complexity of the linguistic roots of English. Another large interactive space explores the diversity of the world’s languages, with native speakers explaining how differences in grammar and linguistic richness can create fundamentally different conceptual understandings of the world and time. Smaller galleries explore rhetoric, humor, and the use of language to sell things and manipulate emotions. The exhibition targets children who are on the cusp of adolescence—developing the social cognitive ability and the empathy to care about what people think, and to know about the world, other people, and other cultures.

Reading/English/Language Arts Educational Technology Arts

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