May 30, 2012

Learning with Digital Technologies in Museums, Science Centres and Galleries - Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND with social class the major determinant - digital technologies for learning are available to the majority of UK households and to almost all UK schoolchildren. Museums, galleries and (especially) science centres are among the most enthusiastic providers of digital learning opportunities. Virtual visitors to museum websites already out-number physical (on-site) visitors, and many of these are engaged in dedicated learning activities - as even a cursory glance at the 24 Hour Museum website will confirm. Indeed, so rapid and widespread has been the growth - in both provision and uptake - that the extensive survey of UK museum education activity in 1999 did not include websites and conflated audio-visual guides with printed materials.

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