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Museum Educators
Innovating with Technology
Troy Smythe and Kris Wetterlund
National Art Education Association
Thursday, M...
Conditions for Classroom
Technology Innovations
• Yong Zhao, Michigan State University
• Kevin Pugh, University of Toledo
...
Museum Educators Innovating
with Technology
• The Innovator (Educator)
• The Innovation (Project)
• The Context (Museum)
ARTstor Projects
• Docent Project
• History Museum
• Video Conferencing
• Teacher Partnership
The Innovator (Educator)
• Knowledge of the technology and its
enabling conditions
The staff in charge of training docents...
The Innovator (Educator)
• Pedagogy-technology compatibility
The history museum educator stressed
her emphasis in bringing...
The Innovator (Educator)
• Knowledge of the organizational and
social culture of the museum
“Socially savvy educators are ...
The Innovation (Project)
• Alignment with the museum culture
The most distant from the museum
culture was the video confer...
The Innovation (Project)
• Required resources are available
Projects that required new technologies
suffered the least amo...
The Innovation (Project)
• Distance from the innovators current
practices
The docent project staff had always
used PowerPo...
The Context (Museum)
• Technological infrastructure (facility,
network, equipment, etc.)
The museum educator and the teach...
The Context (Museum)
• Human infrastructure
A healthy human infrastructure would
include flexible and responsive
technical...
The Context (Museum)
Organizational culture(support staff,
policies and procedures, etc.)
• The video conferencing project...
The Innovator
Knowledge of the technology
Pedagogy/technology compatibility
Knowledge of museum culture
The Innovation
Dis...
Docent
project
History
museum
High
Distance from
museum culture
and existing
practice
Dependence on others
High Low
Low
Video
conference
Teacher
Partnership
High
Distance from
existing
technology
Dependence on technology
High Low
Low
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    1. 1. Museum Educators Innovating with Technology Troy Smythe and Kris Wetterlund National Art Education Association Thursday, March 15, 2007
    2. 2. Conditions for Classroom Technology Innovations • Yong Zhao, Michigan State University • Kevin Pugh, University of Toledo • Stephen Sheldon, Johns Hopkins University • Joe L. Byers, Michigan State University
    3. 3. Museum Educators Innovating with Technology • The Innovator (Educator) • The Innovation (Project) • The Context (Museum)
    4. 4. ARTstor Projects • Docent Project • History Museum • Video Conferencing • Teacher Partnership
    5. 5. The Innovator (Educator) • Knowledge of the technology and its enabling conditions The staff in charge of training docents had never used ARTstor before, and more importantly had to learn to use the Offline Image Viewer with Artstor to create presentations for the docents.
    6. 6. The Innovator (Educator) • Pedagogy-technology compatibility The history museum educator stressed her emphasis in bringing in resources from all disciplines to aid teaching history at her museum.
    7. 7. The Innovator (Educator) • Knowledge of the organizational and social culture of the museum “Socially savvy educators are much more aware of the potential for problems and can frequently negotiate compromises among the various stakeholders that smooth the way for successful technology experiences.”
    8. 8. The Innovation (Project) • Alignment with the museum culture The most distant from the museum culture was the video conferencing project. That educator held the philosophy that sharing strategies and techniques outside of her museum was not a desirable practice.
    9. 9. The Innovation (Project) • Required resources are available Projects that required new technologies suffered the least amount of success.
    10. 10. The Innovation (Project) • Distance from the innovators current practices The docent project staff had always used PowerPoint and images acquired internally, so using an outside database with new presentation software was quite distant from their current practice.
    11. 11. The Context (Museum) • Technological infrastructure (facility, network, equipment, etc.) The museum educator and the teacher in the teacher partnership project were used to working informally together. The lack of a common technological infrastructure hindered their project.
    12. 12. The Context (Museum) • Human infrastructure A healthy human infrastructure would include flexible and responsive technical staff, knowledgeable colleagues who can help with the innovation, and supportive administrators.
    13. 13. The Context (Museum) Organizational culture(support staff, policies and procedures, etc.) • The video conferencing project suffered from lack of support by those expected to implement the innovation.
    14. 14. The Innovator Knowledge of the technology Pedagogy/technology compatibility Knowledge of museum culture The Innovation Distance from culture Distance from resources Distance from innovator’s practice The Context Technology infrastructure Human infrastructure Organizational culture Successful Tech Projects
    15. 15. Docent project History museum High Distance from museum culture and existing practice Dependence on others High Low Low
    16. 16. Video conference Teacher Partnership High Distance from existing technology Dependence on technology High Low Low
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