Multi Media Museums

Media LearningTo assess new developments in multi- media applications, I took myself on a tour of museums and expos . From the traditional art galleries to the new interactive science expos for students, it was a fascinating journey. On the way, I travelled through history and into the future.

On balance, too many of the exhibits were passive and old style. Only about 20% had invested in the modern multi-media exhibits that students can now access on their mobile phones and tablets. Rather than complain, it is best to say what I thought was helpful and innovative. Here are a few examples.

1 – Being in  the centre of an earthquake. That was an experience that stayed with me, when I entered the room of a house. Suddenly, the furniture started to move, then the cups and cutlery fell to the foor. Next, I was sliding towards a wall. The noise added to the fear factor. On the basis of that experience, I realized that I do not want to go to earthquake prone areas.

2 – Flying in a plane that drops bombs. That was a simulation of what is was like to be a crew member during the 2nd World War. All around, the bullets from the enemy planes were lighting up the sky. An exciting experience, that brought the simulated reality to life.

3 – A famous person walks on stage and talks. He looks real. It seemed as if I could go forward and shake hands. It is the future of story telling. The holography revolution will bring Shakespeare, Einstein, Mozart and other famous people into classrooms.

These are just three examples of the way technology will change museums and expos and libraries. But, progress on the ground seemed slow. Vast buildings paid, for by Governments, are still presenting mainly passive rather than interactive experiences.

The Amazing People Club is part of the revolution to bring alive important stories, through our biographical interviews via avatar based audio visuals. These are now being demonstrated in demo for teachers and students at http://amazingpeopleworld.com/welcome-page

We can learn from the outstanding achievement of Mozart, Einstein, Nightingale, Galileo and Michelangelo. We have developed examples of how museums, expos and libraries can do that.

Feedback is welcome. Thanks.

Regards,

Charles Margerison

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