13 Ways to Make your Online Experiences More Engaging and Interactive

13 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR ONLINE EXPERIENCES MORE ENGAGING AND INTERACTIVE SUMMARY Although I’d love to have a crystal ball and see into the future, I can’t predict what is going to happen in the next 6 months any more than you can. Although things are opening up now in some areas, I can’t say for certain that we won’t at some point be restricted in the way we gather and hang out together at some point in the coming months. And if you work regularly with audiences in-person - whether in a gallery, museum, heritage or outside

6 quick-fire ways to improve your Zoom confidence

What's your Zoom confidence like? Whether you're new to Zoom or you’ve already had a go (but are still unsure), it's important to feel confident when running sessions on Zoom. Perhaps you're afraid of the tech and want to feel in control of it? Or maybe you're worried that your sessions won't be as engaging as your in-person ones? Or maybe you feel your personality won't come across and you feel camera-shy? Whatever type of session you’re leading, I’m going to teach you how to set yourself up for success so that you can confidently create and lead interactive sessions

My Ten Most Popular Blog Posts of 2020

What did you enjoy reading the most on the Thinking Museum blog in 2020? It’s always good to reflect at the end of the year before starting a new one – and it was really interesting to see which of my blog posts were the most popular! Did you catch all of these? Scroll through this list, and catch up on our top blogs you may have missed throughout the year. Let's start the countdown... 10. What is Visible Thinking in the Museum? Starting our countdown at number 10, ‘What is Visible Thinking in the Museum?' I found out

What I learned from my first virtual facilitation session with art

Are you thinking about facilitating virtual sessions about art and artefacts, but wondering how your first session will go?  One of the members in my Visible Thinking Membership, Elisa Mosele, recently shared with me details of her first ever virtual facilitation using thinking routines with an artwork. In this week’s ‘pictures of practice’ post, I’m sharing our chat about what she did, how she did it and what worked well. Useful to anyone thinking about giving virtual facilitation a go! ⁠ Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Elisa

Tech Tools To Try Out with Thinking Routines and Art

After you’ve become an expert at using all the standard elements of Zoom (chat, breakout rooms, whiteboard, annotation and polls), you might want to progress to using external tools that offer more flexibility and creativity. Here are 3 great tech tools that you can use with thinking routines and art.  Mentimeter At the start of every in-person Visible Thinking in the Museum training, I used to ask participants to grab a post-it note and write down their expectations for the day. We would then stick all the post-its onto a whiteboard or flip-over. The trouble was, those at the

13 Ways to Make your Online Sessions More Engaging & Interactive

Are you thinking about facilitating online Zoom sessions about art and artefacts, but wondering how to make your online classes or virtual tours more interactive and engaging? I’ve attended some fantastic interactive online sessions over the past few months and I’ve led plenty of my own.⁠ I've also attended some pretty dull one-way presentations and long lectures. No matter what, you need to keep your online sessions interactive to stop participants from tuning out. You need to find a variety of ways to engage people throughout the session. ⁠ ⁠When it's done right, online sessions are JUST as (and in

4 Myths about Online Learning: Challenge your Thinking

Do you ‘distrust’ or ‘dislike’ online learning? Maybe you’ believe that ‘in-person’ is miles better? Then, it's definitely time to challenge your thinking on these 4 common myths about online learning. I've attended some fantastic online classes over the past few months and I've led plenty of my own.⁠ ⁠ I've gone from teaching partially to fully online and I really love it. ⁠ ⁠ It's just as (and in some cases MORE) rewarding and engaging online. We can be more creative with artworks, cover more content around teaching techniques and get more practice/coaching done online. ⁠ ⁠ My

How to Make your Art Discussions Engaging On Zoom (Part 1)

If you’ve never taught or led discussions online, you might be a little nervous or wary of virtual facilitating with artworks or objects. You may be wondering how your skills will transfer to an online environment or whether your sessions will be as effective or as engaging. Here are my top tips for confidently leading and facilitating engaging discussions about art and objects online. I started teaching & facilitating online 3 years ago. I was a little nervous and extremely wary at first. I didn't think that the online teaching experience would match up to the in-person one. Since then,

The Power of Reflection in Online Learning

So, this week marks the end of my 8 week Visible Thinking in the Museum Online (VTMO) course. 17 participants from 8 different countries (& 2 continents) came with me on a deep dive into learning how to create engaging and lively discussions about art and museum objects using my method ‘Visible Thinking in the Museum’ (a combination of VT elements and museum education practices). 23 thinking routines and 8 modules later - covering basic & advanced facilitation skills, questioning skills, slow looking, thinking routine selection, how to use information, teaching with objects and more - we are at the

Three New Thinking Routines to Try Online and Offline

Have you been using the same thinking routines for a while now? Looking for some new routines to liven things up with your art and object discussions? Sometimes it can be reassuring to stick to the same methods and techniques that you've always used. The same goes for using the same thinking routines that you've always used. At other times, particularly right now during a global pandemic when nothing is normal, I feel it's as good a time as any to do a little bit of experimentation. We know that things will change (they have already) but we're not sure