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Resources about museum education and technology

In this post, I would like to share with you some resources about museum education and technology that I have found to be both helpful and inspiring.

  • The NMC Horizon Report 2012: Museum Edition, published on January 14, 2013 by the New Media Consortium (NMC), examines six technologies that are most likely to have a significant impact in museum education and interpretation over the next five years: mobile apps, social media, augmented reality, open content, smart objects and natural user interfaces. The report describes in detail each of these technologies and highlights several programs developed by different cultural institutions to facilitate learning and reach out to a wider audience. The report is available for download following this link.
  • The videos from the International Conference Museums in Education held at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid in November 2012. I’ve only watched a few yet, but there is some fantastic content. I’ve found specially interesting Masha Turchinsky’s conference on New educational formats in the Museum. Digital media, digital collaborative projects and edutainment in the Museum. Masha Turchinsky is Senior Manager for Digital Learning & Senior Media Producer, Digital Media at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In the video she talks about three of the Met’s recent digital media projects, and reflects “on these digital media formats as progressive steps in Museum’s active role of harnessing technology in order to pose questions about future notions of what a museum can and should be to remain relevant to its worldwide audience of learners”. Turchinsky’s conference can be watched here (in Spanish).
  • Amit Sood’s TED Talk Building a museum of museums. Sood is the head of Google’s Art Project, an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks found in different museums worldwide, making art accessible with just a click of the mouse. Sood discusses in this talk some of the Art Project’s features. Astonishing.
  • Thomas P. Campbell’s TED Talk Weaving narratives in museum galleries. In this video, Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, speaks about his approach to curating, an approach that tries to break down the stereotype of museums as elitist. Campbell states that the role of the curator is to create narratives to give people a way to connect with artworks through their stories.