Kate Noble, It’s got to be easy to use: collections based narratives in the classroom and how teachers use digital resources

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Its got to be easy to use: collections based narratives in the classroom and how teachers use digital resourcesIts got to be easy to use": collections based narratives in the classroom and how teachers use digital resourcesKate Noble, Sarah- Jane Harknett and Naomi ChapmanAims of the projectTo determine how museum collections are currently used and accessed by teachersTo create an outline plan for a new UCM digital resource based around teacher needWhat we didVisited 5 schools (2500 students)Visited classes from Nursery through to VIth Form (3-18 year olds)Observed 32 lessons Worked with 43 teachers observing how they used digital resources Looked at and discussed 28 images and handling objects from 3 UCM collections (MAA, Polar Museum and the Fitzwilliam)How were digital technologies being used in the classrooms we visited?Comparison of technology used in the primary and secondary classrooms we visited Online resources and platforms are heavily usedLesson plans are accessed by teachers of all key stages but are heavily adaptedImages and video clips used at all key stages Quizzes and online tests are frequently used at KS3/KS4What barriers do teachers face using and accessing collections based resources in classrooms?Quotes from interviews in school C (primary)T15: I find if I don't find it within ten or fifteen minutes, I stop looking...T16: Yeah I'm similarT17: Im the sameT14: Because otherwise you end up searching all night, don't you?T15: You could do, yeahT16: Theres so much out thereT15: If it doesn't come up within the first page of Google, I don't look. I sort of think the most helpful thing would be if it was organised by learning objective, cos often you have to teach a certain learning objective, if you could look on a website... [T14: Like Twinkl] like Twinkl now is and go ok that's my objective, what lessons fit that objective, I think that would be the most helpful thing.Quotes from interviews in school B (LOWER)T5: Yeah and also, actually, Im not, I dont usually use a website that gives me a lesson. Im not after a lesson plan. [T6: No]. Im just afterT6: a video or a, or aT5: a video or something with lots of pictures. [T6: Yes]. So I want the resources to support my own lesson that Ive got my own idea for [T6: Yeah, thats what] although its nice to have an idea. [pause]T6: Its nice to have an idea, if you have a video [T5: mm], what you could link it to [T5: Yes]. [5 mins] So, a suggested activity could be quite good. Cos its got that piece of persuasive writing [T5: yeah], that could show them the above page. Mmmmm.Quotes from interviews in school B (LOWER)T1: Well I like the BBC [T2: The BBC is a really good website], the ones that are aimed for the children, the primary ones. Not that one that we just looked at [T2: no that was a grown up one] that was too much. The ones that have images that you can click on.T2: Like Bitesize?T1: Yeah. They seem more child friendly so you can use them.T3: Thing is, we know as teachers, weve used them, we feel comfortable going round them and we know they hit the curriculum that we have to teach. Whereas for a lot of them theyve got interesting things on there but its not thatI: When youre looking at websites, are you looking at things for you to use or mainly for the kids to use?T4: For the teacher I need something that I can show them, so for them to access, Id say its quite level, quite balancedEasily searchable, well organised contentResources which could adapted for a variety of different uses Quality, reliability and expertise How can we re-create the stories we tell around objects in our collections in a classroom context?Primary school teacherPeople worry about how to introduce artefacts, maybe [you could have] some kind of demonstration. What you should have is somebody model it: here's an artefact, here's the questions you might ask to get the children's juices flowing, how old it is? how was it used?5 themesHigh quality imagesShort filmsObject informationActivity ideasLinksKate Noble kjr21@cam.uk.ukNaomi Chapman nc408@cam.ac.ukSarah-Jane Harknett sjh201@cam.ac.uk


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