This is a dedicated hashtag for teachers, museum educators, curators and cultural organisations to share resources, ideas and pose questions about learning in museums. We aim to form a supportive online community via Twitter.


  • Provide a voice for museum educators
  • Develop an Australian profile on social media to further strengthen international presence in this space
  • Connect in real time and across boundaries with fellow museum educators, curators, museums, and teachers
  • Demonstrate how social media can be a professional learning platform
  • Support the access to resources, pedagogical strategies, and ideas in a fluid environment
  • Develop a community of practice
  • Provide a forum for posing questions, discussing best practice, and innovative educational approaches to engage learning for all in the museum setting with objects, exhibitions, and cultural assets
  • Explore new ways to engage audiences
  • Extend experiences for teachers in museum education


  • Museum educators
  • Teachers from early years, primary, secondary and higher education in any discipline of focus areas
  • GLAM sector
  • Curators
  • Cultural organisations 

Guest Hosts 

Guests host are invited with the perspective encouraged from any of the above mentioned participants.

Contact Narelle (@rellypops)  to propose ideas and questions based around objects, fields, disciplines, museums, education, teachers, engagement, assessment, evaluation, strategies, projects, research, innovations, new ideas, etc for a live TweetChat on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm AEST/AEDT.

Discussions and leading TweetChats are invited with the vision that they are constructive and helpful to the community and support thinking, ideas and innovation.

Record of TweetChats

TweetChat1Held on  Tuesday 26th May 2015 @ 7:30pm and hosted by @vergeofperil and @rellypops via @EduTweetOz with the focus on objects and how they support learning.  Here is a record of this conversation: https://storify.com/MuseumEdOz/museumedoz-tweetchat-1-26-may-2015-55665a8108948fc90fc43aa0 

Tweet Chat #1 Questions:

Q1. How do cultural organisations support learning?

Q2. How do you think you could utilise a cultural organisation in your local community for education?

Q3. Why are objects important in the teaching/learning of subjects?

Q.4 What objects have you used in your teaching so far?

Q.5 How do you access objects (original/replica/recent)?

Q.6 How do you use objects to stimulate inquiry?

Q.7 What can students do with objects?

Q.8 Are some objects more useful than others? What are your experiences, recommendations?



Held on  Thursday 4th June 2015 and co-hosted by @rellypops and @angecasey. Here is a record of this conversation: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweet-chat-2-4-june-2015-with-angecasey#publicize

Tweet Chat #2 Questions:

Q1. What does engaged learning in a museum or gallery look like?

Q2. What do you do when a program isn’t working for a group?

Q3. What practical tips do you use to help students unpack an exhibit?

Q4. What does it look like when museum educators and classroom teachers are working well together?

Q5. How do you encourage teachers to continue the work of an excursion back in the classroom?

TweetChat 3

Held on Thursday 2nd July 2015 hosted by @lyndaykelly61 with inspiration here: https://musdigi.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/museumedoz-thursday-2-july-7-30pm-aest/ Here is a record of this conversation: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweet-chat-3-hosted-by-lyndakelly

Tweet Chat 3 Questions:

1. Given some of the technologies that have both stayed on and dropped off the list is this still an accurate reflection of the technologies we can leverage in our education programs in 2015 and beyond?

2. In 2010 social media was a force to be reckoned with and a trend to watch – has it delivered on that early potential?

3. In 2015, what social media sites / applications are the most useful in educational programming for museums?

4. One of the critical challenges that keeps popping up is measurement. Although we do know quite a bit generally about student learning in museums, what are some of the measures we currently are, or potentially could be, using to assess the impact of our digital education programs specifically? Is this one area we could start to develop a collaborative research agenda around?

5. My “what’s occupying my thoughts at the moment” issue: I love Twitter for many reasons. Is it a good platform to reach teachers or are there others we should be using?

TweetChat4Held on Tuesday 4th August 2015 and hosted by @jesiathe and @FimJishwick. A record can be found here: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweet-chat-4-with

Tweet Chat 4 Questions:

Q1. What takes priority for you in terms of increasing accessibility to museums?

Q2. How can we best make science programs that don’t only target science fans? Do we need to trick people into learning science?

Q3. Science education often focuses on factual learning. How can we cater to other learning types? (Social, emotional, affective)

Q4. What is an anecdote that encapsulates a transformative learning experience for you?

TweetChat5Held on  Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 7:30pm AEST with Cindy Valdez-Adams (@TESOLoz) talking as host all things exciting from the perspective of being a teacher engaging with cultural organisations. A record of this tweet chat can be found here: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweet-chat-5-with-t

Tweet Chat 5 Questions:

1. What are some ‘considerations’ that need to be made by ‘cultural
organisations’ when engaging learners from culturally & linguistically
diverse backgrounds?

2. What are some of the challenges they face when engaging schools with a
high percentage of EAL/D (English as an Additional Language/Dialect)

3. How do they raise awareness? How do they provide ‘access’ to learners
from diverse backgrounds?

4. Do museums see themselves as advocates for disadvantaged students? Is
“social inclusion”/”inclusivity” part of their agenda?

5. How do museums build “relationships” with school communities? Do
teachers/schools need to approach or will invitations come?


Held on Tuesday 6th October 2015 and hosted by @HistorySA joined by Education Managers from & & friends. A record of this tweet chat can be found here: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweetchat-6-6-october-2015

Tweet Chat #6 Questions:

Q1. How do you incorporate the use of digital technologies to enhance learning experiences for students/visitors?

Q.2 How do you use objects to develop conceptual understandings?

Q.3 What advantages so cross site programs provide?

Q.4 What does a museum experience provide that students can’t get from a classroom?

Q.5 When does a museum decide that digital access trumps physical access?


Tweet Chat 7

 Held on Tuesday 1 Dec 2015 hosted by Melissa Silk (@MelSilk) with a focus on STEAM and museums. A record of this tweet chat can be found here: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweet-chat-dec-1st-2016

Tweet Chat #7 Questions:

Q1.What is a STEAM Educational experience?

Q2a.What does STEAM Ed look like generally? 2b.What does STEAM Ed look like to me?

Q3. What does STEAM look like with museum education?

Q4. Where does the time come to complete a project in the core subjects?

Q5. Where does coding fall in the STEAM framework? There’s so much talk about coding right now.

Q6. How do STEAM programs work in relation to standardized tests? Does this impact working with museums?

Q7. What examples can you share from the K-2 sector? upper primary sector? high school perspective?

Q8. How do you encourage students to collaborate and not just cooperate in various settings?

Q9. How does the notion of joy, wonder and awe fit into the STEAM picture?


Held on February 2nd, 2016 hosted by Dr Narelle Lemon (@rellypops). A record of this tweet chat can be found here: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweet-chat-8 

Tweet Chat #8 Questions:

Q1. It’s a new year, what innovative ideas would you like to explore and why?

Q2. How do we further engage with Students, Teachers, Museum Educators and #GLAM sector? What new ideas should we be exploring more?

Q3. How can the digital and face to face experience of #GLAM organisations be integrated for learning?

Q4. How can we extend the conversations further between teachers, museum educators and #GLAM organisations? Why? When should we be doing this?

Q5. How do we inspire teachers to engage with #GLAM organisations who currently are not? What is missing?  What is needed? Any recommendations?

Drawing (12)

 A special pop up tweet chat was hosted by @mareewhiteley & @ABowmanBright in conjunction with #tmwa and their focus on #GLAM. This is scheduled for February 25th 2016 at SLWA. A record of this tweet chat can be found here:  https://storify.com/18maree/connecting-and-collaborating-teachers-working-with?awesm=sfy.co_u3Ib&utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_campaign=

Tweet Chat #9 Questions:

  1. How have you engaged across the teaching and GLAM sectors? What new opportunities should be explored?
  2. What platforms or events can help foster teachers, students and GLAM institutions working together?
  3. What collaborations between teachers/students and GLAM organisations do you admire?
  4. How can online and physical experiences fromGLAM organisations be used for learning?
  5. Plus a few bonus questions inspired by the GLAM Teachmeet happening at the same time in Perth (#TMWA).

Drawing (13)

Our (first International) Tweet Chat was hosted by Dr Jen Ross (@jar), Deputy Director (KE) of Research & Knowledge Exchange, School of Education, University of Edinburgh with friends on Tuesday 1st March 2016 at Australia @7:30pmAEDT and Edinburgh, Scotland @8:30am. A record of this tweet chat can be found here: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweet-chat-10

Tweet Chat #10 Questions:

Q1. What values should underlie approaches to digital evaluation in the cultural heritage sector?

Q2. What online evaluation approaches have you created/used/seen? do you consider them inventive? why/why not?

Q3. What are people finding difficult or challenging when evaluating (digital) learning?

Q4. What do you consider to be the ‘holy grail’ of evaluation?

Q5. Should and could museum evaluation be more dialogic?

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 Tweet Chat #12 was hosted by Colleen and Andrew of @heritageppl on Tuesday 5th April at 7:30pmAEDT.A record of this tweet chat can be found here: https://storify.com/rellypops/museumedoz-tweet-chat-11

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Next Tweet Chat is hosted by Michelle Scott (@Msmscott) on Tuesday 3rd May 2016

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