Cheryl Bancroft - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Facilitator
Bonnie Castellani - Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Mary Clary - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Bonnie Hay - Toledo Museum, Ohio
Carolyn Horter - Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL,
Danielle Kaiser - Museum London, London, Ontario, Canada
Marilyn Langer - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Barbara Liddell - Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Alfredette MacDonald - Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, B.C.
Lisa Newcomb - Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama
Sue Hubbaw Ryan - Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Introduction: We brainstormed on the various ways that using technology could improve docent tours and be considered a teaching "tool."
I. Using an I-Pad:
- On botanical tours-use I-Pad to show flowers in a different season.
- Show other works by an artist whose painting is in a gallery.
- Can show where an object came from-in situ.
- Can show video of artist talking and working (SFMOMA does this)
- Can compare and contrast objects (paintings) readily.
- Can enlarge the image to see brush strokes and details.
II. Using Smart Boards-to make experiences with art more interactive before actually going into a gallery:
- Interactive one hour tour-10 to 15 minutes using Smart board, then enter gallery.
- Using I-Phone to activate a Treasure Hunt for objects in the galleries.
- Downloading an App for a particular museum tour on one's I-phone.
III. Headsets and microphone:
- Useful for giving tours in crowded galleries.
Technology should not take the place of needing to see the "real" thing. Technology not a substitute for seeing the real thing but just another "tool" and should be used sparingly.
The image on the I-pad or I-Phone is not the real thing. Cannot know the scale or size of an object. Cannot see the brushstrokes or application of paint.