A Round-up Meet day 2015 from the MA national conference #MeetDay2015 Sydney
As a prequel to the Museums Australia 2015 conference, on 21 May, a meet day was held, bringing together three special interest groups for the first time in their own forum. These groups were museum workers in fields of education, digital technologies, and evaluation.
The format for the day encouraged exchange of ideas and discussion. There were four sets of three lightning talks of seven minutes. In-between each set was a recount of the main messages – and usually a lively discussion. The final session of the day was an ‘unconference’ where we got together in groups, each armed a stack of post-it notes and discussed a topic of interest. Our group discussed the museum as a creative laboratory. We decided the key to achieving this was to ‘turn all assumptions upside down!’
Here are the topics discussed on the day. I’m not say it’s complete, and I haven’t gone into any details, but just have a browse to get a feel for what was topical on the day. I’ve roughly a grouped them into topics. Many thanks again to the organisers of the day.
- New media consortiums report http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2015-nmc-horizon-report-museum-EN.pdf – Also the Wiki
- Look at Agile approaches to working
- Rapid response
- Not top down – driven by consumer
- BYOD – Bring your own devices
- Web2.0/Social media
- Digital and organisational change
- Immersion in apps
- Google forms
- Video conferencing
- Digital excursion via Skype or Dove
- Apple Beacon technology
- Dialogical pedagogies with museum practice – (definition http://dialogicpedagogy.com/what-is-dialogic-pedagogy/)
- Curators table – primary and secondary objects with questions to explore
- Repurposing existing tools
- Running PD for teachers
- Digital inquiry
- Museum as a creative laboratory
- Maker spaces in museums bringing material together.
Doing digital in museums
- Need to start with the pedagogy
- Digital is fine – but need to ask the reason.
- There’s a digital divide: digital natives, immigrants and foreigners
- How do we offer a unique – live interactive artwork?
- Digital excursions via video conferencing redefines how artworks are defined
- Use the medium to advantage. Online is extension to the museum
- Using beacon technology to track visitor movement in galleries
- Beacons for way-finding
- Don’t be afraid to try and fail
- Twitter tour @MVTeachers
- Bringing phones in to museum space
- Innovative use of existing tools
- Students bringing their own devices
- Audience research
- Immersive experience
- Did it make it more immersive without the technology
- Intent for citizen curated content. – evaluation?
- Using beacons instead of cloak room tags – visitors suspicious
- Teachers as the audience
There was much tweeting during the day – search using #MeetDay2015 to see some great tweets
And yes – I did do a 7-minute lightning talk – on how digital storytelling in museums can bridge the digital divide. . You can read the transcript at the following ink: Digital Foreigners, storytelling and the i-generation
MAE’s blog site can be found at https://museumsaustraliaeducation.wordpress.com