My visit to the MLab of the Musée de la civilization

During CréaCamp Quebec, Ms. Laurie participated in the MLab workshop which focused on integrating the “museum” into her teaching. She shares with you her discoveries and achievements.

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During the CréaCamp organized by the École branchée on April 12 to Museum of civilization, participants could choose from the following workshops: digital citizenship and autonomy, integration of the “museum” in its teaching, creativity in robotics. The second choice of workshop took place in the creative and technological space of the MLab and I was curious to learn there how to use the museum's website for educational purposes.

The MLab

This room in the museum is “a laboratory for digital creation and experimentation”. There is a large amount of state-of-the-art technology to set up the craziest projects. A 3D printer, several latest generation computer stations with a host of applications, a large green screen, robots, tech tools, workspaces and many other elements are at our disposal. In addition, specialists from different fields are available to support us in our creative process. In short, the MLab is a winning solution combining creativity, pleasure and support in order to push our educational limits.  

Collections and educational integration

The aim of the workshop was to create an activity or sequence from the online collections on the museum's website using the album creation tool. This is a platform on which we can create an account to then create personal albums under different themes (here is an example). This technology works with a search bar in which we insert an object, a notebook, a project or a mosaic that is part of the museum's collection. We can then insert it into an album that we name as we wish. It is then possible to save the images on our computer, tablet or other to insert them in a project outside the site. What's also wonderful about this technology is that it's possible to share our albums (do you see where I'm going?).

Indeed, there are several ways of integrating historical objects into our teaching. On site, the facilitators offered us projects relating to history, mathematics and French. Personally, I developed my own sequence related to history and French. Following the outline of the adventure story, I built a photoromania in which a teacher tries to answer a question related to urban growth in the Middle Ages. So she visits the museum to find answers and she finds several objects that help her to make links, objects taken from an album created with the help of the collections.  

Knowing that the albums are shareable, there are of course many other possible avenues for the educational use of the museum's collections. For example, why not create albums related to themes in English or French from which students can write descriptions? It may also be interesting to ask students to look for pictures to create study cards in history or geography. There are endless possibilities, let your imagination run wild.

Good discovery!

To see part of my project, you can view the next capsule.

Learn more about the Museum of civilization.

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About the Author

Laurie Couture
Laurie Couture
A high school French teacher and contributor to various blogs, Laurie Couture is passionate about writing and for the innovative aspect of education: how can you change your ways of doing things to improve your method? She loves to discover, discuss and develop about convincing practices related to technologies. Using digital technology, she aspires to set up projects and documents responding to current trends and proposing new approaches.

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