Most school district websites are chockfull of updates, board of education news and meeting minutes, and classroom activity features.
Few offer up a virtual tour feature, which is mostly found on other types of websites such as real estate house sales sites.
But that’s not the case with the Sayville School District as its website boasts a very creative and compelling virtual museum showcasing student art work.
It all started in mid 2012 when Art Department Chairperson Debra Urso attended a seminar and learned about the interactive Web technology and decided to launch it on Sayville’s site.
“I created it with the help of Tricia Hinchman and we launched it at our end of the year at an all-district art show using a smartboard where the visitors to the show could just touch the screen and navigate their way through the museum,” she told Patch.
“We have so many amazing young artists and teachers here in Sayville, we wanted to find a way to bring our department into the ever changing world of technological advances.”
The teaching duo also created video clips of all the seniors that the show’s attendees could access with QR codes on their smartphones as they went through the senior exhibits.
“It really was exciting! Our community is filled with talented artists and I love for them to see what the young artists within their community are creating,” said Urso.