Learning in a museum

eTwinning Learning Event

Francisco José Balsera Gómez

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What do you understand by ‘museum’?

Personally, I think a museum is an institution, a multicultural space at the service of society where we can learn culture, history, education or science. It is a place which encourages and promotes research and it is closely connected to people.
Here there is a video of the Prado Museum in Madrid.
Welcome. Museo Nacional del Prado - YouTube

Factors that increase opportunities for learning in a museum

  • Museum officials put innovation and education at the centre of the public service.
  • The museum offers lots of activities for its educational goals.
  • People can interact with the museum.
  • ITC are used in order to expand access to knowledge and promote autonomous learning.
  • The museum maintains a good relationship with the community and adapts to the demands of modern society.

The constructivist museum

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Exhibits and labels

Inside the Nacional Archeological Museum in Madrid, apart from the traditional labels there is an interesting Media Guide that improves the performances of traditional guides because it combines texts, videos, images, and audio. There is an specific recording for blind people too. At the same time, there is an App with a similar content.
I have created this flyer about the National Archaeological Museum. It is just imagination!
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A museum takeover day

I have never taken part in a takeover day but I think it is very interesting for children because they have the opportunity to take up active responsibilities and can collaborate with the museum staff.

This is therefore a practical way of learning. I can imagine visiting the British Museum with my students, all of them dressed with ancient Greek customes, watching the Parthenon friezes and guiding the tourists who come to visit the museum.

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Worksheet of a visit to the Temple of Debod (Madrid)

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The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and rebuilt in the city centre of Madrid, near the Royal Palace. It was opened to the public in 1972.

Before visiting the temple:

· Teachers might ask students these questions: Have you ever been to Egypt? What do you know about Egypt?

· Students locate Egypt in Google Earth and visit and use the “street view” mode to visit the main monuments.

· Students prepare a virtual wall with Linoit where they share images from Egypt and cultural information (ancient Egyptian civilization, artistic creations, the hieroglyphic writing…)

Activities at the temple:

· Students take photos and short videos in order to graphically document the visit.

· Students listen to a guide explaining the history of the temple and answer a structured questionnaire.

Activities after visiting the temple:

· Students create, in a collaborative way, an online book with the photos taken at the temple using Isuu.

· Students edit a video with Kizoa and share it on Youtube.

· Students create a poster with Canva or Genial.ly to show that they are aware of cultural issues about the Temple of Debod.

do students prefer visiting museums with their classmates and teacher or with their family and/or friends? Why?

I think that students should attend local talks, festivals or other activities in their cities. When I was a child I used to go to the museum with my classmates. I believe that if you go to a museum with your classmates, time is much better spent and there is a lot of motivation because students have such enthusiasm that they pass it on to the rest of the group. This is a good way to build knowledge among all students.

My virtual gallery

Final project: A sound world of colours