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Interested in planning an education programme for your Museum?  Do you need a education resource developed?  Visit my web-page to learn how I can help.

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Secrets of the Parkes Shire Fun Palace: Testing Supervillain Games

Secrets of the Parkes Shire Fun Palace: Testing Supervillain Games | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
Preparations for Australia's first Fun Palace are well underway in Parkes Shire. Today, PRIME TV news visited Parkes Library to interview local kids and teens who were designing fiendish supervillain games. Over the Fun Palaces weekend, 4-5 October, local people will be free to come in and try their hand at the challenges the children have…
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Some great ideas for regional libraries.  A good example of how to use books as inspiration to create fun activities which engage children through immersive play and storytelling. 
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Visible Thinking

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Visible Thinking.  Some great activities to get museum audiences thinking about their museum experience.
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Understanding Museums - The museum education mix: students, teachers and museum educators

Understanding Museums - The museum education mix: students, teachers and museum educators | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
Chapter in an online book, Understanding Museums: Australian Museums and Museology. This chapter discusses the ways that museums provide programs for school children and their teachers.
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A great read for any museums or heritage sites thinking of developing new exhibitions or education programmes.

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A Colonial Eye

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In this program students investigate a range of artworks from the colonial era and create an artwork themselves.
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Sydney Living Museums has a range of programmes which small museums can adapt to suit their own museums.  Keep it simple but authentic!

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Artefact Chat - Overview

Artefact Chat - Overview | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
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A useful site which explores how to use oral history and artefacts in your museum's education programmes.

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Teachers TV: Primary History - Enquiry Skills - Resources - TES

Teachers TV: Primary History - Enquiry Skills - Resources - TES | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
Three ‘Great Lesson Ideas’ for developing primary children’s historical enquiry skills.
Year 5s play a board game which encourages them to ask searching questions about objects from the past.
In ’Shades of Grey’, pupils look at the varied contributions historical figures made to society at the time, allowing children to understand that perspectives of characters can change.
In ‘Luckiest Historian’, the teacher uses cards to represent historical primary and secondary sources and asks pupils to order them in terms of reliability and richness as a historical source.
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Three great ideas to use in your museum with visiting school students.

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Education Creations's curator insight, October 19, 2014 6:02 PM

Three great ideas to use in your museum with visiting school students or in your history classroom.  

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Historical Questions

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SHP – Raising Standards in History Teaching
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This page presents some useful inquiry questions you can use with visiting school students.  A great guide to get get you started.

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A great way to use primary sources in your museum.  Place photographs in a plastic sleeve, ask children a question and get them to circle evidence in the photograph which supports their answer.  For example:  Q Where do you think this photograph was taken?  Q  Circle what you can see in the photograph that makes you think this.

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http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/files/2013/03/KHistorians_Circle.jpg

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Education Creations's curator insight, July 28, 2014 9:53 PM

This is a great idea to use when teaching young children how to use primary sources, in this case photographs.  The teacher has printed off the photographs and placed them in a plastic sleeve.  She then posed a series of questions and asked the children to circle evidence in the photograph which would support their answers.  For example:  Where was this photograph taken?  Circle what you can see in the photograph which makes you think this.

Follow this link to read the article:

http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/files/2013/03/KHistorians_Circle.jpg

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AIM - Association of Independent Museums

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Association of Independent Museums (AIM) provide advice and support for independent museums throughout the UK.
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AIM is the Association of Independent Museums based in the UK.  Check out their Success Guides for practical help in running your museum.  These guides will prove particularly useful for smaller regional museums.  

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Maritime Museum | Boston

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Only yards away from "Old Ironsides," the Museum is a "must see" for everyone visiting Boston, where interactive galleries take adults, families and children of all ages on a 200-year voyage.
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Although this is an American Museum it has some fantastic interactive ideas and a great on-line presence.  Check out the 'All Hands on Deck' exhibition as well as its learning and teaching resources.  Particularly suited to maritime museums but ideas can be adapted for many more. 

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The Object of History | Behind the Scenes with the Curators of the National Museum of American History

The Object of History takes you behind the scenes with the curators at the National Museum of American History
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An interesting article on how to find the stories behind museum objects.

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Show Me the Awesome: Immersive play in the 21st century library

Show Me the Awesome: Immersive play in the 21st century library | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
Hello! Some of you visiting today will be regular readers of this blog; others may be here as part of Show Me the Awesome: 30 Days of Self-Promotion for libraries and librarians, a great project to help librarians around the world to celebrate their work. So if you don't know me, this is the Big…
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Immersive play can work in museums too. Instead of being inspired by a piece of literature, be inspired by real life events, people or even objects and create activities which tell their story.  It doesn't have to be complex but it does have to be hands-on and fun!
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How Theater Can Offer Students New Perspectives On History

How Theater Can Offer Students New Perspectives On History | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
Theater is providing an opportunity for students to express parts of history textbooks overlook.
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Education Creations's curator insight, June 24, 5:17 PM
Everybody loves a good story and students are no different.  This article supports this truth by explaining how theatre can tell often untold stories from history in an exciting and interactive format that engages students and educates them in a way history textbooks simply can't.  
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How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience - InformED

How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience - InformED | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
Hemingway once wrote a six-word novel that reads as follows: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." What makes it famous, other than the author? Neuroscient
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This article reveals why stories should form part of your education history programme.  

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Education Creations's curator insight, January 7, 10:14 PM

Read this to learn why storytelling should form part of your history programme.

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Teaching with Historic Places | Teachinghistory.org

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Teachers, teacher educators, and National Park Service staff talk about the importance of teaching with historic places. They model teaching strategies for helping students think critically about and learn from local and national resources.

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Home - Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre

Home - Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre (NBEEC) is an Education Queensland facility located 19 km from the Brisbane CBD. Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre engages learners from Prep to Year 12, developing and delivering high quality education programs linked to the Australian Curriculum and C2C. We strive to deliver …
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Look at the programme guide for a great example of how to market your programmes to schools.  This is what teachers want to see..clear curriculum links, brief but concise descriptions of what you have to offer.

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Using artifacts to teach social studies: What’s the story? | The History Education Network

Using artifacts to teach social studies: What’s the story? | The History Education Network | Museum Matters | Scoop.it

Via Catherine Smyth
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Want to know how to engage schools by using your museum's artefacts to make sense of history?  Visit this site.

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:41 AM

This Canadian-based study focuses on the ways people make sense of the past through engaging in historical inquiry at museums.

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CMAG-Calthorpes'-Virtual Tour

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Take a virtual tour of Calthorpe House.  This is a great example of how technology can be used to interpret historic houses.  Imagine the possibilities!  Students can use interpretation tools such as these to identify technologies from the past, to identify changes over time or to explore significant historical buildings to discover what they reveal about the past.

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How does ‘Enquiry’ contribute to work at historical sites and museums?

How does ‘Enquiry’ contribute to work at historical sites and museums? | Museum Matters | Scoop.it
SHP – Raising Standards in History Teaching
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This site provides two suggestions as to how you can work a museum or site visit into the very important enquiry process.  Pre and post visit, school based activities are a must.

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Using Historic Places to Teach -- Teaching with Historic Places--a Program of the National Park Service

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Is your museum an 'Historic Place'?  If so check out this web-site to see how to connect students to your sites history using educationally sound investigation activities.

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Making Museums |

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Read about how to connect with your local schools to prepare and assist students to make their own classroom museums.  

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learning_to_live.pdf

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This collection of essays has been authored by those in the know.  They explore how museums can work with schools to inspire creativity and learning.

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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Museum Matters | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


Via Robin Good, João Greno Brogueira, catspyjamasnz, Catherine Smyth
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How to turn students into curators.

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Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 2014 10:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

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