An event for colleagues within the learning departments of Arts & Cultural Organisations.
It was familiar content delivered to a familiar audience but one which is more used to discussions about cultural learning than the finer details of using Twitter. Wednesday’s twilight session, the CLC’s first event tailored for Arts and Cultural organisations, focused on the use of social learning environments and digital tools and it attracted good representation from some of the leading institutions in London including the Wigmore Hall, the Unicorn Theatre, Rambert Dance and the National Gallery. In our role as educational technologists we are immersed in the incredible ways in which schools are utilising digital tools for all aspects of school life but this session was the first time we shared some of this learning with colleagues from the cultural sector. There is so much that these organisations can gain from and give to the educational communities on Twitter and other social networking sites and I think colleagues were amazed by teachers’ sophisticated use of these tools to learn, share and exchange with others across the globe. From educhats, audioboo, quadblogging, ed.ted, wordpress sites and plain old Twitter, the session showed the breadth and depth of social media use in schools across the UK and beyond. There was a genuine excitement in the room combined with some reservations as there are practical issues to be resolved. But in spite of this it felt like a significant first step for many and we look forward to working with them on a more ongoing basis.