Author: murawski27

  • Openly Networked Learning in and Across Art Museums

    Openly Networked Learning in and Across Art Museums

    How can museums begin to more closely connect with in-school and out-of-school digital literacy practices, tapping the tools of the digital age as well as the elements of making, connecting, and experimenting that create powerful possibilities for learning?  Can we, as museum educators, begin to see ourselves as designers, and reposition ourselves as active agents…

  • Museums Un/Plugged: Are We Becoming Too Reliant on Technology?

    Museums Un/Plugged: Are We Becoming Too Reliant on Technology?

    I don’t know if it was attending the Museums & the Web conference back in April or just simply recognizing the amount of time I spend navigating technology issues in the museum, but I recently have had a good old-fashioned “freak out” when it comes to museum tech.  Touch screens, apps, MOOCs, mobile-optimized web design,…

  • Reimagining Peer Networks in a Digital Age

    Reimagining Peer Networks in a Digital Age

    By Mike Murawski, Portland Art Museum; Dana Carlisle Kletchka, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University; Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, National Writing Project, University of California Berkeley “People’s relationships remain strong—but they are networked. Neighbors, and neighborhoods still exist, to be sure, but they occupy a smaller portion of people’s lives. It is hard to borrow a…

  • Object Stories: Rejecting the Single Story in Museums

    “Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Early in 2012, I came across a particularly inspiring TED talk…

  • Why Museums Don’t Suck: The Current State of Teen Engagement

    This week, one of the contributing authorsat ArtMuseumTeaching.com brought to my attention a recent column from LA Youth written by 15-year-old Howard Hwang who felt compelled to write about his distaste for visiting museums.  His piece entitled “Why museums suck” seems to have already generated an interesting response from the museum community and beyond, so…

  • Crowdsourcing: Harnessing the “Power of the Crowd” in Our Educational Landscapes

    “Crowdsourcing poses a tantalizing question: What if the solutions to our greatest problems weren’t waiting to be conceived, but already existed somewhere, just waiting to be found, in the warp and weave of this vibrant human network?”  -Jeff Howe, author of Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business How…

  • Rethinking the Way Museums Work with Teachers

    Experiences that provide for the professional and personal growth of teachers play an increasingly vital role in museums’ efforts to connect with educational reform. Faced with the complex demands of teaching and learning in the 21st century, museums across the country are rethinking the ways they interact with teachers.  At the recent 2012 National Art…

  • Exploring Creative Writing through Visual Art in the Museum

    “Listening to works of art and participating in a conversation with them can produce exciting and shifting responses in each of us: poems, stories, self-portraits, essays, and other creative works are generated that ‘talk back’ to the visual stimulus.” (xv) The power of bringing together visual art and writing is something that all museum educators…

  • Reading Murals – Telling Stories

    The power of stories—whether telling our own, listening to those of others, or building them from our imagination—has a deep connection to human development and learning. Telling stories allows us to learn about ourselves, but it is also an act of “mutual creation involving interactions and understanding between teller and listener” (1).  For museums, storytelling…