Smithsonian Mobile Learning How do you address new media in formal and informal learning environments? Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden National Postal Museum Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
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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Smithsonian Mobile LearningHow do you address new media in formal and
informal learning environments?
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
National Postal Museum
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
The Mobile Learning Institute at the National
Postal MuseumTeacher Leaders
What does “learning” in a museum mean?
• What are 21st Century Skills?
• Are these skills being taught in the classroom?
• 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.”
What are 21st Century Skills?
21st Century Skill: Communication
21st Century Skill: Collaboration
21st Century Skill: Creativity
21st Century Skill: Critical Thinking
What do these skills look like in a museum?
• Students learning from objects
• Using digital museum collections to research questions
• Planning and shooting videos
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To change learning, we need to change our
A Change in Philosophy:Shifting Teaching Styles
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
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
New MediaNew Media
New Media Mobile Devices
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.
Museum Partners…help us think outside
National Postal Museum
Teachers visit NPM
Create New Media
Student Field trip to
Products posted on website
1. Teacher-generated Lesson Plans
2. Student-generated products from Lesson Plans
Future Directions based on Lessons Learned
• 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
• 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!
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
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