State-of-the-Art: GermanMuseums on the Social Web. 1. Social Media for Museum Education Projects 2. Benefits and Effects for Self- directed and Collaborative Learning with Social Media in Museums
Weimarpedia• blended learning project• school classes (age 10-16 years)• several museums and historical sights• dealing with topics of the Weimar Classic at school and onsite with different digital technologies (e.g. Internet, iPads, wiki)
Project details• started in 2009 and ends this year• aim is to connect school learning with museum visits• 20 groups per year• 2,5 employees of the Klassik Stiftung and 4 employees of the Bauhaus University Weimar• to guarantee a personal and contextualized experience with a combination of offsite and onsite learning
Project course• downloadable course materials for school learning• visit in Weimar lasts between 3 and 5 days• Questionnaire, guided tour, creative work (photo-stories, films, radio plays), wiki articles
The Wiki• students write, add or modify articles on their ipads• a permanent beta version is not established yet• content design, website structure or participatory elements within the wiki are still being discussed• a collective knowledge archive
ArchäoLOGIN• blended learning project for the exhibit “Fundgeschichten”• school classes (age 10-16 years)• use of digital technology (iPad and a Blog) to guarantee self-directed and collaborative learning about the different objects and their stories.
Project details• started in April and ended in November 2011• idea to improve the traditional school visits at museums and to teach students how to retrieve relevant information about museum objects, how to use an iPad and a blog and last but not least how to publish an article online• 2 employees• to guarantee a personal and contextualized experience with a combination of traditional analysis and new publishing methods for articles
Project course• two parts (2 hours)• small groups of 4 people• learn more about a specific object• gathered information is brought together and the students start writing their articles
The Blog• students write, add or modify articles on their iPads• blog is not being used as a communication tool (no comments, no exchange, no blogosphere)• a collective knowledge archive
Conclusion• collaboration within blended learning projects is onsite-related• hardly any participatory elements online (comment- or share-functions, chats etc.)• potential of social media is not exploited• social media is utilized to document and archive results• no learning/ knowledge-building online
Potential Benefits and Effects for Learning with Social Media in Museums• “understanding”, “learning” and “knowledge” as individual results• documentation, observation and evaluation• easy to guarantee communication, information, personalization, networking and exchange• active participation and collaboration to foster engagement, involvement and motivation to guarantee learning online
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