This session was personally very interesting in that it suggested the educational usefulness of emerging web 2.0 technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, Podcasts, second life and Blogs which I am becoming interested in. Speakers discussed about how these social media technologies could elicit the participation and agency from visitors and patrons of museum and gallery.
As they mentioned during presentation, when it comes to museum and gallery, these places are regarded as participation and engagement is very limited. The sign of "Don't touch" and "Don't talk" that is easily found in the museum and gallery explains these places seem to very passive and static. Therefore, as considering distinct characteristic of these places, I think that the result of using these social media technologies in their presentation is especially meaningful and strongly indicates a range of exciting and meaningful possibilities for engaging and enhancing learners' participation in an educational setting.
In terms of increasing participation and engagement and extending the scope of their experience more than just physical time spent in these places, these social media technologies led to positive outcomes. In addition, given the consideration of price and time, it was very effective and invasive way of facilitating the participation and agency. Through this session, I could find growing potential of adopting these technologies into education in multiple contexts.