Museums give learners experiences above and beyond the everyday actuality, which enrich - and build upon - classroom teaching and learning. The 'Learning in a Museum' Learning Event resulted in giving the participating teachers pathways into museum resources as they each enthusiastically shared their exploiting of museum artefacts and learnt from others' experiences. Daniela Bunea, TEFL teacher, eTwinning Ambassador
The eTwinning Learning Event “Learning in a Museum” focused on museum learning within eTwinning. Its main aim was to explore the educational value and potential of museums in the 21st century and a number of strategies about how to transform the young visitors’ enthusiasm into connected, engaging, integrated activities that lead to the growth of their knowledge.
More than 200 teachers enrolled, and actively participated in the Learning Event’s tasks. The type of assignments and the level of interactivity varied from day to day with the course work divided into four activity blocks:
“Museums - agents of social change”
Participants discussed access to and participation in culture that facilitates the creation of one’s own sense of identity, promoting social inclusion processes, supporting a multi-level development - both individual and collective - and lifelong learning. Participants also saw how new technologies can enhance engagement with museums. Based on the reading of resources and visualization of videos participants were asked to discuss in a forum and comment on about the questions “What do they understand by ‘museum’? What constitutes a ‘museum’ in their opinion?”. The second task challenged participants to reflect on what learning opportunities there are potentially in a museum.
In this second block participants explored the difference between interactive and interactivity. Teachers were challenged to analyse museum’s content and using Coggle to propose ways to make it more interactive and explain how these could help create a bridge between students and the content.
“Field trips to museums”
Participants explored how to prepare a field trip to a museum and in pairs created a worksheet to be used individually or collaboratively by their students in an imagined eTwinning partnership before/during/after visiting a specific virtual museum. In the final task of this block teachers had to create their own virtual gallery out of images/photographs from an eTwinning project they take/took part in that were ingredients of a transnational collaborative activity.
“Museum projects branching out”
Participants had to work in pairs to design a museum-based transnational collaborative learning activity to be done connected to a museum. Participants had specific steps to follow and could use a Google doc, Adobe Spark Page and the Learning Lab forum to share their outcomes.
You can see some examples of activities created by participants here:
- Virtual art gallery
- Museum-based transnational collaborative learning activity
The topics of the Learning Events vary every year with typically more than 20 Learning Events every year. To apply, teachers need to go to Professional development area in eTwinning Live, select the event they wish to apply for and sign up in the mentioned sign up period.