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NPM Mobile 2011


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This powerpoint is about the Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for the Museum Mobile Conference March 2011.

This powerpoint is about the Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for the Museum Mobile Conference March 2011.

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  • Tiffany and Jeff co-facilitate this slide: unique learning environment bringing together two types of expertise (new media and Museum).The culmination of this project is two part: museum and new media learning unit plan created by teachers and student-created new media assets for the museum (as a result of the teachers learning unit plans).
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    • 1. Smithsonian Mobile Learning
      How do you address new media in formal and informal learning environments?
    • 2. The Mobile Learning Institute at the National Postal Museum
      Teacher Leaders Program
    • 3. What does “learning” in a museum mean?
      • What are 21st Century Skills?
      • 4. Are these skills being taught in the classroom?
      • 5. Do museums bear responsibility for teaching new media skills?
    • What is New Media?
      “New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies in the later part of the 20th century.”
      - Wikipedia
    • 6. What are 21st Century Skills?
    • 7. 21st Century Skill: Communication
    • 8. 21st Century Skill: Collaboration
    • 9. 21st Century Skill: Creativity
    • 10. 21st Century Skill: Critical Thinking
    • 11. What do these skills look like in a museum?
      Students learning from objects
      Using digital museum collections to research questions
      Planning and shooting videos
      Click the link to
      watch the video
    • 12. To change learning, we need to change our teaching philosophy.
    • 13. A Change in Philosophy:Shifting Teaching Styles
    • 14. What is a Teacher Leader?
      “I believe a teacher leader is a learner and a risk taker. They must be open to new ideas and be willing to share with their colleagues. A teacher leader needs to be a collaborator and lead by example. I think it is important for a teacher leader to always search for ‘new and improved’ ways to communicate the curriculum to their faculty and their students.”
      - Jill, NPM Teacher Leader 2010-2011
    • 15. Goal of Teacher Leaders Program
      To make connections between classroom content, museum collections, and new media tools:
      Increase new media teaching skills
      Change attitudes about learning in and from museums
      Inspire active learning
    • 16. Object-based Museum Learning
      Museum Collection
    • 17. New Media Social Network
      New Media
    • 18. New Media
      New Media Mobile Devices
    • 19. We Make Teachers the Students: Mobile Journalism Activity
      Mission: Choose an object in the collection and link it to a current controversial topic. What are your research questions? How will you gather data?
      Collect public opinion about your topic in Union Station. Record observations through twitter, gather public opinion with text polling, and record your research with videos.
    • 20. Mobile Journalism
    • 21. Museum Partners
      …help us think outside the box
      Unique Products
      National Postal Museum
      Pearson Foundation
    • 22. Workshop Products
      Teacher-generated Lesson Plans
      Student-generated products from Lesson Plans
    • 23. Future Directions based on Lessons Learned
    • 24. Challenges:
      Schools have new media restrictions
      Schools lack current technology
      Teachers are busy; full school-year-long project is too much!
      Teachers are most comfortable with their own technology platform
      Teachers are not used to teaching with objects or new media
      Teachers are not used to letting their students be experts in the classroom
      User-generated content is controversial for schools and museums
      Teachers and parents concerned with privacy
    • 25. Benefits:
      School Administrators are looking for positive new media products
      Teachers have changed their opinion about working with new media and objects
      Teacher-identified classroom connections promote ownership over experience
      Students love working with new media and being experts
      Educators love learning from each other
      Social networks are educational!
    • 26. Planning for Future: Summer 2011
      Partnering with different SI museums for interesting collection connections
      Workshops are based on content and new media themes
      Teachers use their own technology
      Large emphasis on problem solving
      Utilize local experts for unique workshop experience
    • 27. Planning for Future: School Year 2011-2012
      Weekend workshops with Experts Track
      Tinkering workshops open for all
      Teachers build field trips
      Student & teacher products incorporated into museum
      Continued partnership with other SI units
      Building relationship with SI Affiliates for long distance workshops
    • 28. The Mobile Learning Institute at the National Postal Museum