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 …

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Twitter, pre-service teachers and their thoughts on use

I'm writing a book chapter at the moment that celebrates pre-service teachers use of Twitter while studying visual arts as a part of their teacher education studies.  I thought I would share some of the findings that I will share in the publication to  get your response. I have been exploring the data through Wenger's (1998, 2000) Community of Practice framework. The …

Starry Ideas: What has caught my eye while learning to STOP!

I just read Thesis Whisperers latest post about Why do academics work so much? And I couldn’t help but find myself nodding at pretty much everything at that Inger wrote. I too have an extended break (but not because I’m transiting positions across universities).  I had the joy of having all of December and early January …

Top 10 must remember when inviting young people to be photographers of their learning

I’m a huge advocate of young people as capable photographers. The digital camera becomes an accessible, handheld and portable digital technology that assists the young people to be photographers of their observations. Situated in learning environments across multiple sites, the possibility of the digital camera to be a technology that supports alternative ways of reflection, …

Kids with cameras

In 8 days I'll have the pleasure of watching 27 primary aged children, 12 parents, 2 teachers, and 3 gallery education staff  come together in a partnership that celebrates kids with cameras. Our destination is the National Gallery of Victoria (@ngv_melbourne). I'm pumped! The young people are excited! And the educators are fascinated! Sounds crazy …

Digital cameras as renewed technology in a gallery: Young people as photographers of their learning

Galleries are now actively concentrating on enriching the total gallery experience’ for visitors, and as McIntrye & Murphy (2011) reiterate are ‘tailoring new kinds of social experience for visitors to exhibitions’ (p. 4).  In addressing this focus,  mobile devices, interfaces and connection with websites are becoming more embedded and networked, and are thus changing the …

Looking through the eyes of a child through the lens of a camera

I am a firm believer that young people are capable photographers. The power that their images have in sharing their voice is significant in any forum but in the learning and teaching environment this way of communicating has the potential to  contribute greatly to the learning of all in that environment. This post shares a …

Gallery and museums considerations for digital technology – participating in your experience

Recently I have had the pleasure to work with some Melbourne based galleries and museums in their approach to including young people in sharing their experiences. In thinking about participation and listening to young people’s voice about their experiences considerations have been made about digital technologies. Digital technologies are beginning to play a vital role …