Discovering the museum ‘in character’
Jul12

Discovering the museum ‘in character’

The Pioneer Cottage Buderim has commenced work on a school excursion program for year 5. The cottage is a house museum, built and lived in by the Burnett family from the 1880s  until the 1960s. The program we are developing is looking at pioneer life through the eyes of different members of the family from grandparents through to a five year old.  To kick off the planning, each volunteer was allocated a character – a...

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The Australian Curriculum in Your Museum
Dec03

The Australian Curriculum in Your Museum

It was ‘roll up your sleeves’ for workshop participants at Bankfoot House, Sunshine Coast, as they learnt how to create engaging education programs for their museums.   Cath Gordon from Education Creations and myself teamed up to develop and present a workshop where attendees got to test out their skills in developing activities relevant for their own museums.   The workshop included the latest Australian curriculum...

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iTeachers and students need iMuseums
Jun07

iTeachers and students need iMuseums

Great article on page 3 of the Brisbane Courier Mail, Saturday 6th June, about 21st century students having different needs. They quote Prof Nairn, Exective director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association.  ‘If students don’t learn the way we teach, we have got to teach the way they learn.’ It seems iTeachers are tech savvy, drawing on students skills and curiosity. He says, ‘It’s about how do...

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Digital Foreigners, Storytelling and the i-generation
May31

Digital Foreigners, Storytelling and the i-generation

Below is the transcript of a Seven minute ‘lightning talk I gave at the recent Museums Australia (MA) ‘Meet Day’ at Sydney’s Maratime museum – a prequel to the national Museums Australia conference.  The meet day, for the first time, brought together three special interest groups of MA – the Educators, Digital experts and Evaluators. My talk addresses bridging digital divides through students...

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National Trust Award for WWI Digital Storytelling Education Program
Aug30

National Trust Award for WWI Digital Storytelling Education Program

It’s official – a high commendation for our Digital Storytelling Program!  The National Trust Queensland awarded the High Commendation for the project ‘World War I Digital Stories – an education program for year nines’. We piloted the digital Digital Storytelling Program for Year Nines from Southport High School last year.  Janis Hanley  adapted the History in Place Kit for an excursion to the Mudgeeraba...

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