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).
NPM Mobile 2011
Smithsonian Mobile Learning<br />How do you address new media in formal and informal learning environments?<br />
The Mobile Learning Institute at the National Postal Museum<br />Teacher Leaders Program<br />
What does “learning” in a museum mean?<br /><ul><li>What are 21st Century Skills?
Are these skills being taught in the classroom?
Do museums bear responsibility for teaching new media skills?</li></li></ul><li>What is New Media?<br /> “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.”<br /> - Wikipedia<br />
What do these skills look like in a museum?<br />Students learning from objects<br />Using digital museum collections to research questions<br />Planning and shooting videos<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0slTrEph9DU<br />Click the link to <br />watch the video<br />
To change learning, we need to change our teaching philosophy.<br />
A Change in Philosophy:Shifting Teaching Styles<br />
What is a Teacher Leader?<br />“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.”<br />- Jill, NPM Teacher Leader 2010-2011<br />
Goal of Teacher Leaders Program<br />To make connections between classroom content, museum collections, and new media tools:<br />Increase new media teaching skills<br />Change attitudes about learning in and from museums<br />Inspire active learning<br />
Object-based Museum Learning<br />Museum Collection<br />
We Make Teachers the Students: Mobile Journalism Activity<br /> 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? <br /> 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.<br />
Future Directions based on Lessons Learned<br />
Challenges:<br />Schools have new media restrictions<br />Schools lack current technology<br />Teachers are busy; full school-year-long project is too much!<br />Teachers are most comfortable with their own technology platform<br />Teachers are not used to teaching with objects or new media<br />Teachers are not used to letting their students be experts in the classroom<br />User-generated content is controversial for schools and museums<br />Teachers and parents concerned with privacy<br />
Benefits:<br />School Administrators are looking for positive new media products<br />Teachers have changed their opinion about working with new media and objects<br />Teacher-identified classroom connections promote ownership over experience<br />Students love working with new media and being experts<br />Educators love learning from each other<br />Social networks are educational!<br />
Planning for Future: Summer 2011<br />Partnering with different SI museums for interesting collection connections<br />Workshops are based on content and new media themes<br />Teachers use their own technology<br />Large emphasis on problem solving<br />Utilize local experts for unique workshop experience<br />
Planning for Future: School Year 2011-2012<br />Weekend workshops with Experts Track<br />Tinkering workshops open for all<br />Teachers build field trips<br />Student & teacher products incorporated into museum<br />Continued partnership with other SI units<br />Building relationship with SI Affiliates for long distance workshops<br />
The Mobile Learning Institute at the National Postal Museum<br />