It’s amazing the number of elements that went into the next stage of the project.
But even more amazing what came out of it all…
The Year 6s from St James returned to the Manchester Museum a week after their first visit, with a really busy day planned for them.
First, the introduction of the Ookl phones: these are phones with software on which enables users to take photos, record sounds and comments, and write text comments – all of which are automatically uploaded to the Ookl website for later use. It’s no understatement to say that the children were extremely excited about being able to use this tool along side their TSI notebooks.
Then we were off into a busy research day, including a carousel of diferent activities:
- Working with a curator to get up close to objects which are usually kept in the Museum stores and explore how they connected with their group’s over-arching cultural theme.
Thanks to Bryan Sitch for his great work!
- Working a conservator to learn about how conservators preserve objects which come into the collection and how they ensure they displayed appropriately.
Thanks to Irit Narkiss for her invaluable support.
- Critically examining the Mediterranean Archaeology gallery and Lindow Man exhibition for ideas on how objects are displayed, labelled and presented, including how facts, theories and opinions are part of this.
After all this hard work, and a chance to share ideas with other groups, each group created a poster to demonstrate how they would display their find from their dig the week before.
The next step was a visit from me to the school to show the children how to access the images, text and recordings uploaded to their Ookl account and how they can make simple presentations from them. I was very impressed that one member of the class had already googled Ookl, logged in and started to use it.
The following day the children visited me again – this time in my other place of work: the Whitworth Art Gallery. There we spent some time developing our ideas about display. An art gallery and a museum may not always appear to have much in common, but the children were able to draw some interesting parallels and differences between the two venues.
Moving on to last week was when the TSI project began to merge with the Year 5 Lindow Man-related project that my colleague Helena and various artists have been working on and resulted in the two year groups producing their own take on the idea of a ‘Museum of Me’…
Related Learning Team posts:
- TSI: Time Scene Investigation
- TSI: Time Scene Investigation (Part 2)
- TSI Part 4 – The Museum of Me
- Helena’s visit to the Museum of Me
- My visit to the Museum of Me
- Learning & Lindow Man