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…

#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…

Renewing and reinvigorating to work smarter

Over the end of year period I stopped. I think it was the first time in over 12 months that I actually truly stopped to reinvigorate my body and my mind, and most importantly to reflect about how I wanted to approach this new year. Some might call it a new year’s resolution but for…

Making connections and keeping connected

I’m in Hong Kong at the moment attending the #HERDSA14 conference and thought I’d share the poster presentation my colleagues and I have prepared for those who can’t be here. Making connections and keeping connected: Engaging diverse learners across multiple sites Our research team: Dr Narelle Lemon, Professor Tanya Fitzgerald, Dr Caroline Walta, Dr Deborah…

I felt quietly confident I could teach…Children, In Melbourne, & with the internet, interactive whiteboards, air conditioning and projectors…

This guest post is by Lindsay Holt and shares insights into teaching in Laos.  Lindsay is a recently graduated Primary Teacher with a Bachelor in Arts majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. She is fascinated with the constructed space of the classroom and the context surrounding it, wherever it may be. Lindsay is currently exploring the…

List making for action

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel like you just don’t get everything done in a day you set out to? That the “to do list” barely gets touched and if anything the list grows, and quite considerably in reality. I’ve been thinking about this notion lately. And well to be honest…

Pre-service teacher self-efficacy of arts education across Australia

Arts education is part of the new National Curriculum for Australia and with its scheduled for implementation for 2014 there is a clear message being sent that generalist primary school teachers need to be capable and confident to teach all of the arts areas. There is however several issues sounding this vision, not at least…

Learning to read properly: Good for prep, great for academics?

My eldest child just started prep this year. It was an excellent transition for her from 3-half-days-a-week of kindergarten to full-time schooling. One of the first signs through which we acknowledged her new learning path was that she started bringing readers home. Just like that, she started to read. Being an avid reader and proselytizer…