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Carnegie Museum of Natural History &Technology

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by alliehutton
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Field Trip Report

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History & Technology

Why was grouping together helpful?

"Selfie"

Televisions

Why is being hands on effective?

To the right is a picture of an exhibit showing different species of birds. This exhibit was one of my favorites at the museum. The reason why it was my favorite was because next to the type of bird they were showing, the compared it to a pop culture icon that most people would be familiar with. For example, they showed a disney character from the Lion King, and the bird from the movie was next to the real bird. I found this to be a great way to portray the information. Although there was not technology used, I thought that the incorporation of a familiar item to compare to educational concepts is a great way to engageand excite learners. I know from my experience, being able to see Tweety Bird, a familiar character, and comparing her to her real life type of bird was a great way to learn more about the different species of birds

Animal Fur

Species of Birds Exhibit

Why were touch screens helpful?

Touch Screens

What was good/bad about televisions?

Grouping Together

To the left is a picture of another strategy the museum used to help visitor become engaged with history. These are life-like fur of different animals. The purpose of this was to help us understand the different textures and softness of the different animal fur. I think that this was really effective educational practice because it was engaging and hands on. I think this would especially appeal to young children, but I myself thought it was one of the more interesting exhibits. In addition, I think that this particular exhibit would appeal to hands-on and visual learners becuase it gives these learners an oppurtunity to learn more about history in a way that is easiest for them, touching all the different types of fur. It made learning fun! In my future classroom I think that I will use this type of educational practice because I find hands-on learning creates a fun and effective learning environment. While work ethic is still important, I think at a middle level age, students will be more engaged and interested to learn if they are able to learn in an interactive way.

As I continued through the museum, I noticed a lot of televisions that were showing informational videos about the exhibit that was located next to it. The use of these televisions were helpful because it put the exhibit into perspecitve of how it relates to real life. I think that the museum could have done a better job with this because the information that was on the television was something I was engaged by. I think by putting a place to sit in front of the tv, or a sign that simply says "Watch!" would help entice visitors to learn more. I probably would not use this in my classroom everyday, especially because middle school students will get bored of videos everyday. Interactive and hands-on learning seemed to be much more effective with my observations and experiences at the museum.

This video is an example of how the museum used strategies to help grab the attention of the visitors. They grouped together all of the animals that are commonly seen in wildlife in Pennsylvania. I think that this was a great way to help us understand these animals. There wasnt much actual technology used, but I think that the grouping of these animals together was an effective way to teach the visitors about the animals. I think that this appeals to a learner that is more likely to group together information that they are familiar with in order to grasp a concept. In addition, over the speakers in the museum, we could hear the different noises that these animals make. Trying to figure out which animal made which noise was pretty fun. I think that the use of the audio and connecting it to this exhibit was a great way to utilize technology.

One of the first examples of great use of technology was this interactive touch screen. In front of the touch screen was the actual exhibit, and then below is where visitors can find use the touch screen to find out more about the exhibit. I think that this example of technology really worked in this setting because it's a great way for kids to learn. With today's technology, kids are so familiar with using touch screens, so this makes them more excited to learn. These touch screens were located all around the prehistoric exhibits. They were maintained well, and very easy to use. From my observations, the touch screens provided an awesome and fun learning oppurtunity for all ages.

Using Familiar Information to Facilitate Learning

By: Alexis Hutton


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