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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<p>Its got to be easy to use: collections based narratives in the classroom and how teachers use digital resources</p> <p>Its got to be easy to use": collections based narratives in the classroom and how teachers use digital resourcesKate Noble, Sarah- Jane Harknett and Naomi Chapman</p> <p>Aims 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 need</p> <p>What 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)</p> <p>How were digital technologies being used in the classrooms we visited?</p> <p>Comparison of technology used in the primary and secondary classrooms we visited </p> <p>Online resources and platforms are heavily used</p> <p>Lesson plans are accessed by teachers of all key stages but are heavily adapted</p> <p>Images and video clips used at all key stages </p> <p>Quizzes and online tests are frequently used at KS3/KS4</p> <p>What barriers do teachers face using and accessing collections based resources in classrooms?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 after</p> <p>T6: a video or a, or a</p> <p>T5: 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]</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 balanced</p> <p>Easily searchable, well organised content</p> <p>Resources which could adapted for a variety of different uses </p> <p>Quality, reliability and expertise </p> <p>How can we re-create the stories we tell around objects in our collections in a classroom context?</p> <p>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?</p> <p>5 themes</p> <p>High quality images</p> <p>Short films</p> <p>Object information</p> <p>Activity ideas</p> <p>Links</p> <p>Kate Noble kjr21@cam.uk.uk</p> <p>Naomi Chapman nc408@cam.ac.uk</p> <p>Sarah-Jane Harknett sjh201@cam.ac.uk</p>


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