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Findings And Recommendations

  1. 1. Findings and Recommendations Learning in Museums Seminar: Technology, Interpretation and Learning in Museums Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN June 2008
  2. 2. Key Points from Conference <ul><li>The museum (and theatre) is everywhere: galleries, classrooms, books, computers, phones, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Our use of technology needs to flow from our goals and identity . </li></ul><ul><li>Our greatest resource is people—both staff and audience. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview of Technological Entry Points <ul><li>www </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Reality </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Onsite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell Phone Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive Learning Stations </li></ul></ul>Overview of Technological Entry Points continued Dolphin Oracle at the Walker Arts Center—artificial intelligence as art!
  5. 5. Types of Blogs by Content <ul><li>Institutional Information </li></ul><ul><li>Behind the Scenes </li></ul><ul><li>From the Director/Curator (Personal Voice) </li></ul><ul><li>Museum Content </li></ul><ul><li>Education Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Community/Expert </li></ul>
  6. 6. Institutional Information <ul><li>Upcoming Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Season announcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events and programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Casting announcements </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Behind the Scenes <ul><li>Documenting the Theatrical Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A peek into rehearsals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An artist’s process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commissioning a play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Load-in webcam </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. From the Director/Curator <ul><li>Personal Voice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comment on news and issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A day in the life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas for the future </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Museum Content <ul><li>Bringing the museum to them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-depth look at certain objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online exhibit guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple perspectives on objects </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Education Programs <ul><li>Students develop content </li></ul>
  11. 11. Community & Expert <ul><li>Directly addressing information needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask an expert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s your opinion? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What kind of blog do we need?
  13. 13. Types of Podcasts/Videocasts by Use <ul><li>Institutional Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s coming up for Ford’s? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Event Previews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See a snippet of a scene from an upcoming play </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lecture/Gallery Talk Recordings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-locals can watch/listen to Monday night programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-led Tours </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HOF on your own time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artifact Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curator/Historian speaks in-depth on the Derringer </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Podmapping HOF <ul><li>View and download podcasts from a map of the walking route </li></ul><ul><li>Download/Watch all stops in order or pick and choose </li></ul><ul><li>Tag segments by interest: Civil War, Lincoln, Architecture, Conspiracy </li></ul><ul><li>User-friendly interface for easy updates and changes </li></ul>
  15. 15. Screen Shots from NYC Transit Museum
  16. 16. Social Networking <ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant huge audience, younger, not traditionally ticket buyers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content can be contributed from multiple departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct communication possible (see right) </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Collaborative Content <ul><li>Simple: flickr, youtube </li></ul><ul><li>On the horizon: wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing your audience to contribute art, ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Audience as co-curator, decision-maker </li></ul><ul><li>Create stronger sense of ownership, stakeholders </li></ul>
  18. 18. flickr and youtube <ul><li>Share your photos of our site; updated slideshow on FTS homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Ford’s flickr page with digital images of artifacts (see LOC) </li></ul><ul><li>Upload video of speech for Oratory Competition (see Now Debate This) </li></ul>
  19. 19. wiki <ul><li>Public suggests topics for, items in exhibitions </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Public submits, judges artwork for an exhibition </li></ul>The public was invited to submit photos for an exhibition on “Brooklyn’s Changing Face.” Once the deadline passed, the public was then invited to visit the museum’s website to “judge” the submissions. The photos were installed in the gallery with the size of each photo corresponding to its “score.”
  21. 21. Virtual Reality <ul><li>Online space (on our site or a world like Second Life) for lectures, productions, or our museum </li></ul>Land of Lincoln in Second Life USHMM-sponsored talk on Darfur to take place in Second Life
  22. 22. Onsite Technology <ul><li>Audio Guides for Museum and/or Theatre </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Phone Guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate hassle of wands, maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will there be cell phone reception in the basement? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interactive Learning/Reflection Stations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visitors can record their impressions of visit </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Applications—Education Programs <ul><li>HOF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podmapping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell Phone Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One Destiny </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>flickr/youtube from Play in a Box </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Oratory Competition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>youtube entries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social network for participants </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Applications—On-Campus <ul><li>Museum/Center for Education and Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell Phone Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive Learning/ Reflection Stations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki-exhibitions for Flexible CEL Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual visits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theatre/Petersen House </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell-phone/Audio Guides </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Video Reflection Booth at MN 150 Exhibit MN Historical Society Visitors can record their response to “What would you add to MN 150?” and watch their video (as well as others’) on the back of the booth.
  26. 26. Applications—Website <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul’s musings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designer/director/playwright/actor’s process—behind-the-scenes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upcoming Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask an expert (historian? director?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-Depth info on history, artifacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-developed (after-school program participants) </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos/Interviews with artists/staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video previews of plays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio or video recordings of Monday night events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Reality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual productions of One Destiny, Grant & Lee </li></ul></ul>Applications—Website
  28. 28. A (Surprisingly) Good Model: The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Digital Shakespeare <ul><li>Video Collections </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Previews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scholar Talks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design/Director presentations from First Rehearsal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews with key artistic staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Content pretty much same as video </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ How did they do that?” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Polls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What critics are saying </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Poll Example
  30. 30. Video Podcasts
  31. 31. <ul><li>Other Sites (all linked to on main blogs page) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Links to all press </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photos from openings, events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yelp Page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews </li></ul></ul></ul>A (Surprisingly) Good Model: The Shakespeare Theatre Company
  32. 32. Recommended Next Steps <ul><li>Act quickly to catch up with the blogging and podcasting wave </li></ul><ul><li>Compare options for a self-led/online History on Foot experience </li></ul><ul><li>Continue exploring opportunities for digital reflection and sharing in CEL with Split Rock </li></ul><ul><li>Expand facebook presence to include other departments and more information </li></ul><ul><li>Consider including a virtual reality presence in our 5-year plan </li></ul>
  33. 33. Considerations <ul><li>Is there cell phone reception in the basement? </li></ul><ul><li>Where should responsibility for blog/facebook updates lie? </li></ul><ul><li>How big an IT department do we eventually plan to have (if at all)? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the different union rules for online content? </li></ul>
  34. 34. For More Information <ul><li>Jonathan Finkelstein, Learning Times—Podmapping and Virtual Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Liza Lorenz, Associate Dir of Communications at STC—Primarily Responsible for Digital Shakespeare Development </li></ul><ul><li>Kym Elder, Gloria Swift—What policies and models are already in place at NPS for podcasting and audio guides? </li></ul><ul><li>Dan Beck, MN Historical Society—Construction of Video Booth at MN 150 </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Bartlett and Travis Wood, Split Rock Studios—Integration of Interactive Reflective Video Booth in CEL </li></ul><ul><li> —links to all sites mentioned/pictured today </li></ul>