Another year and another #askacurator day done and dusted! This year, and in the spirit of getting closer to our educational audiences via Twitter, we reached out to teachers and students via our new @ANMMedu Teach and Learn Twitter account and through our teacher friends at Museum Victoria (@MVTeachers). We received an array of questions with some cool interactions with primary school students at St Luke’s Public School, Melbourne (@slblackburnsth), who published a Storify about their experiences – Many learners, Many teachers.
We also had another Twitter encounter the other week with primary students from Harbord Public School, Sydney, who under the guidance of their talented teacher (and my brother!) @paulkelly19, were learning, not only about tall ships, but how to use Twitter to seek out information from professionals outside their classroom. We answered their questions through providing images from our extensive art collection which they then used as source material to make their own drawings of tall ships, which they then shared with us.
These small experiments are making me think that Twitter is an easy and efficient way to conduct virtual “incursions” with students, and educators are certainly of that view too – check out this @TeachThought article, 5 Authentic Roles for Twitter in Your School. I was also reminded of a 2010 post I wrote, Twitter in the classroom boosts student engagement, citing research that demonstrated how Twitter was “broadening participation and creating a community of learners” with “Twitter the ideal tool to keep conversations [outside the classroom] going”.
We’ll certainly be looking into doing more virtual incursions via Twitter so stay tuned (and follow us at @ANMMedu!).