Museum Educators' Forum
Last month I was lucky to get a grant from National Services Te Paerangi to attend a Museum Educators Forum. The one and a half day forum was held in Hinatore the newly renovated learning lab at Te Papa. The space was very multifunctional and transformative. Matt Ridges, Senior Adviser Learning Innovation introduced Hinatore to us stressing although it is a very “techi” space, the tech is there to enhance learning. He was big on failure being an important part of learning, to encourage a growth mind set.
The Key note speakers were Adrienne Leith from Melbourne Museum who helped initiate The Autism-Friendly Museum Project. She told us how they have enhanced accessibility for visitors on the autism spectrum. She was joined by Stamatina Bell from Autism NZ who gave us an overview of autism and how it can impact people’s lives. They facilitated a practical session where we started learning how to map out a journey through our own facilities for someone on the autism spectrum. Which I hope to initiate here in the future.
It was a super opportunity to meet so many other educators, I was very inspired.