#WorldTeachersDay 2015 at @ANMMedu

#WorldTeachersDay is held on October 5. This date usually falls in the school holidays in Australia and this year we celebrated on Friday 30 October.

We have 30 Museum Educators that deliver over 30 programs across a wide range of subject areas from textiles and design to chemistry to geography and many more.

We thought it would be a great opportunity to acknowledge our Museum Educators and show that we value and appreciate them, and to recognise their work and commitment to the museum and to the students and teachers who visit here on school excursions.

It was also an opportunity to show our Museum Educators how social media can be used and to get them engaged with Twitter.

How we did it:

We invited our Museum Educators to participate, asked them to share what they loved about teaching and working at the museum, and took a photo of them with their favourite exhibition, education program, or object (our vessels are objects too!)

On the day Katrina and I used the images and quotes she had collected to put together the Tweets. We did some searches on Twitter to see what hashtags we could include and found that #textiles, #pirate, #chemistry, #Shackleton, #Antarctica and #workingharbour were perfect for what we were sharing.

Our Museum Educators are so passionate and dedicated and had given us some really fantastic material to work with. It was tricky at times to try and put this into 140 characters, especially since including a photo takes up some of the character limit and every Tweet needed to include the hashtag #WorldTeachersDay, but this was part of the challenge and we both had lots of fun.

We made a Storify which has all the Tweets from #WorldTeachersDay – check it out here and thank a teacher next time you see one!

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