The Australian National Maritime Museum Learning team and the NSW Department of Education have embraced the use of social media to communicate and share exhibition content with teachers.
The Rough Medicine – Life and Death in the Age of Sail exhibition at the ANMM was shared online via Twitter through a series of live tweets containing photos, website links, video and 360° footage of the key objects on display. This content was then collated through Storify creating a long term re-usable resource for teachers to use in the classroom.
Why we did it:
- Share temporary exhibitions online in a tour format to extend their reach
- Enable access to students and teachers who can’t visit the museum
- Demonstrate innovative use of social media
- Have a go at something new
How we did it:
- Used Twitter to create and publish a tour sequence
- Used Storify to create a permanent online resource
After we had published the #RMTwitterTour we used Storify to add all the tweets and video together and create a permanent online resource for teachers and students to use. Storify is a free tool that lets you insert posts from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, SoundCloud, Tumblr + more, along with any URL, to create your own online story.
What it looked like:
- Take the Rough Medicine Twitter Tour #RMTwitterTour
- Below are some tweets from the tour:
What we learned:
- Be conscious of the live tweeting experience for followers as well as Storify experience and have more time in between tweets
- Low lighting levels in galleries is a challenge for recording video
- Try to make future tours cross-curriculum
What the future holds:
- Come to Teach Meet Science Festival Thursday 18 August from 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Australian Museum, or follow along on Twitter using #TMSciFest
- Stay tuned for a #TwitterTour of Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest For Longitude
- Follow @ANMMedu and @learnPSNSW and connect with us online.
– Amelia Bowan, Learning team