New Statewide Informal Digital Learning Network Initiative Announced
In 2022, the Texas Association of Museums' (TAM) will leverage museum education assets created in a 2021 K-12 Virtual Program pilot through a collaboration with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) to improve digital literacy and access through a statewide informal digital learning network. This project will build/expand on the pilot initiated with the Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) and Texas Historical Commission (TCA). There are three primary components to the hybrid project:
1. Establish a statewide membership network connecting all 10 Texas Heritage Trails;
2. Present K-12 Virtual Program Workshop, online events, and in-person regional convenings with THC staff and representatives from each Texas Heritage Trail region; and
3. Create additional resources for more statewide self-directed learning.
Kicking off the project will be a three-week Virtual Workshop in May focusing on the following lesson plans:
Unit One: Planning for Virtual Experiences
- Engaging K-12 students of all levels and abilities
- Leveraging museum content for virtual experiences
- Communicating digital engagement value (for fundraising, internal buy-in, identifying intended audiences and digital needs)
Unit Two: Getting into Digital Gear
- Your Virtual Teaching Toolbox
- Virtual Field Trip Program design
- Employing a multidisciplinary approach to digital history content
Unit Three: Putting on the Show
- Supporting K-12 curriculum, TEKs, and other needs
- Virtual teaching techniques and troubleshooting
- Learning from TAM’s previous media and excellence award winners
TAM will be seeking two museum educators located in each of the 10 Texas Heritage Trail Regions to participate in a three-week Virtual Workshop in May. Contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.
This project is a collaboration with the Texas Historical Commission and funded in part by the Summerlee Foundation with support from Higginbotham Insurance.