Thursday, 31 July 2014

Melbourne Museum History Excursion

Yesterday, we visited the Melbourne Museum, especially to see the "First Peoples" Exhibition in the Bunjilaka Cultural Centre
Cam showed us how to use the app, Book Creator, on the mini iPads that we shared and Bernard guided us around this new (but permanent) exhibition. Along the way, we took photos and interviewed each other with a variety of materials that explained the early history of a land we know as Australia.

What was good about using iPads and Book Creator at the Museum?
  • It’s like writing facts down, but it stays as a movie on the iPad – Cooper
  • Mini iPads are good because it’s like making a movie and learning new things – Sienna
  • Mini iPads are good to use because you don’t have to video and you won’t lose what you created – Natasha
  • It was good because you could do voice messages and take photos. It was a good place because there was a man talking and lots of good things to take photos of. It was good because we haven’t used mini iPads before and they trusted us not to break them – Jenny
  • I think Book Creator is good because you don’t just take photos of things, you describe them – Jake
  • It wasn’t just getting to learn about the museum, but we also got to learn about using iPad minis and Book Creator
  • This was a good learning opportunity for Middle S – Jacob
  • We were learning when Bernard was telling us information and we were learning about Aboriginal History – Natalia
  • We got to learn a new app which is good because we got to explore more and have more fun – Molly
  • It made it easier because I didn’t have to write – Riley
  • I liked the Book Creator because we were having fun, but at the same time we were practising photography – Jamie
  • It was good to use the app because it was easier to take pics of what we were learning, instead of writing it down – Adol

Here are the movies we made...



  1. Dear Middle S,
    I am really interested to know how using the ipads affected your visit to the museum. Do you think it made you focus on what you were learning more ? were they distracting ?
    Looking forward to hearing your reflections.
    Mrs C

  2. I am so excited to see all your stories from your visit to First Peoples. We would love to be able to put some of these Book creator films on our website and our MV teachers page. Do we have your permission to link teachers into this site?
    Great work team
    Liz Suda
    Program Co-ordinator humanities education
    Melbourne Museum

  3. Well done middles, you have made some great observations and learning at this museum. It is very important to know the real history of Australia, when I was in primary school we didn't learn much about the Aboriginal culture at all. How do you think white people coming here changed how the aboriginal people lived? What are the good things and the not so good things? What do you like most about their culture and way of living?


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