The 101 of Tweet Chat participation

Social media for learning is one of the best resources available to us. I’m a fan of the access to content that supports our growth for learning. Active participation, or even being an elegant lurker, allows for the engagement that can trigger ideas, inspiration, connections, and possibility. The chance to explore ideas connected to current…

Developing a new platform for evaluating visitor engagement with art: #MuseumEdOz Tweet Chat #10

The Artcasting project team (http://www.artcastingproject.net) at the University of Edinburgh has been working closely for the past 10 months or so with colleagues at the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, and the ARTIST ROOMS Associate Galleries (https://www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms ), on developing a new platform for evaluating visitor engagement with art, and exploring the ideas and…

Taking small steps – yoga reminds me of writing

The year has begun with me, like for many of us, with setting goals and making some changes to how I live my personal and professional life. One of the most significant changes for me that I have made is returning to regular yoga practice and lessons. Today was day one of a five day…

A little baking… Gingerbread

It has come to that time of year where treats are on show! So I have set myself the challenge to reconnect with my Nana’s baking lessons from when I was a child and cook up some treats this time with gluten free and dairy free twists. Here’s my adaption for a Gingerbread recipe I…

Museums and social media – sharing pedagogies of practice

In the week that has just gone I have had the pleasure to attend to Museums and the Web Asia conference held in Melbourne. I have been inspired by the ideas, perspectives and openness of presenters both local and national, and reminded of why I find working with the GLAM sector so  enjoyable. I was delighted…

Social media, young people and museum: #Meetday2015

Today at the #Meetday2015 WHERE EDUCATION, EVALUATION AND TECHNOLOGY MEET as part of Museum Australia’s 2015 Conference I presented my thinking on social media, young people and museum. Click here for my slides.  My outline was: Museums are unique sites of learning, as are social media platforms. Both spaces promote co-creation of meaning making. For young…

#MuseumEdOz is launched

Over the past few months I’ve been working with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney as a Visiting Research Fellow. We have been exploring how we can engage education audiences with learning and social media (you can read more here and here on initial thinking). It has been such an exciting adventure…

Five ways to make a difference

Originally posted on The Research Whisperer:
Impacts, by Jonathan O’Donnell on Flickr We aren’t here just to generate papers, people. We’re here to make a difference, to improve things. Heaven knows, there are enough issues out there that need our help! If your research sits within the academy, being cited by other researchers, then you…

Would a dedicated hashtag to museum learning in Australia work?

I’ve been having great discussions with MAAS educators and the communications crew about audience engagement with social media. Particularly from the education stance and illuminating the unique learning that occurs. We have been thinking about how to engage teachers, students, museum educators, and learners as a whole. How could we do this? One hashtag that…

A spontaneous observation of energized museum learning

I’ve just begun a new partnership with the Museum of Applies Arts and Sciences (MAAS) as their inaugural Visiting Research Fellow. This is an exciting new adventure for both the museum and myself. Most importantly for me this is a significant new opportunity to be able to explore my research in museum education. My fellowship…

Teacher education and partnerships with galleries: What do pre-service teachers think?

Partnerships with cultural organisations such as galleries and museums are under utilised by teacher education programs in Australia (Abeles, 2004; Bybee, 2001; Falk, 2001; Lemon& Garvis, 2014; Nichols, 2014; Wilson, 2004). Cultural organisations are community assets that offer a range of rich and diverse learning resources and programs for learners encompassing all levels of education (Eames & Coll,…

Adolescents, their relationship with teachers and coping skills to adjust to teacher classroom management strategies.

The classroom, as a social setting for learning, provides a dynamic, yet bounded, set of conditions that engage and affect the learning process. These conditions serve either to support or constrain development of learners (Grossman, Smagorinsky & Valencia, 1999; Martin 2004). From this sociocultural perspective learning is viewed as an active process in which knowledge…