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Happy birthday field guide apps!

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by Nicole K
Publish date
30 April 2015
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One year ago today we launched eight very special apps – field guides to the fauna of every state and territory in Australia. What makes these apps so special? They were produced collaboratively by Australia's seven leading natural history museums. 

The suite of 8 Field Guide to Australian Fauna apps. The suite of 8 Field Guide to Australian Fauna apps.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Together the seven museums produced descriptions and sourced images for over 2100 animals from terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. The result was a suite of pocket-sized identification guides, that could be used by everyone, everywhere – and they're free.

It's been a big year for the field guide apps. They have won two international awards, a Best of the Web award and a Muse award, as well as the Northern Territory Chief Minister's award for Excellence in the Public Sector.

The apps are also highly regarded by the app stores. All 8 apps appear in iTunes' Education Collections, which feature their hand-picked recommendations for "students, teachers, parents and lifelong learners". iTunes calls these apps "indispensable tools that will inspire students in every classroom".

MV Collection Manager, Katie Smith, using the Field Guide app. MV Collection Manager, Katie Smith, using the Field Guide app.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Over the past year, the apps have been used by the museums in school holiday activities, education programs, teacher training, community outreach and biological surveys. But we're most excited about how the public are using them – to identify animals and to learn more about Australia's amazing wildlife.

Students using Museum Victoria's app in the Forest Gallery at Melbourne Museum. Students using Museum Victoria's app in the Forest Gallery at Melbourne Museum.
Image: Mirah Lambert
Source: Museum Victoria
 

The apps have received glowing praise from their users and, since the launch, have been downloaded over 78,000 times. We're absolutely thrilled that the apps have been so well received and look forward to what the next year will bring.

The National Field Guide Apps Project was funded by an Inspiring Australia Unlocking Australia's Potential Grant. The project was a 2-year collaboration between: 

Award for Jan Molloy

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by Kate C
Publish date
20 December 2011
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Jan Molloy's profound contribution to Victoria's multicultural community was recognised at the 2011 Multicultural Awards for Excellence ceremony at Government House last week. She received a Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria Award, which was presented to her by Premier Ted Baillieu.

Jan Molloy and Ted Baillieu Jan Molloy and Premier Ted Baillieu at Government House for the 2011 Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

These awards are presented annually to celebrate the contributions of individuals and organisations that promote the social, economic and cultural benefits of Victoria's multicultural community. The Governor, Alex Chernov AO QC, and Mrs Chernov presided, and guests included the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras, plus more than 500 members of the state's multicultural community.

Jan Molloy and Minister of Education Martin Dixon. Jan Molloy and Minister of Education Martin Dixon at Government House for the 2011 Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Linda Sproul, Nicholas Kotsiras and Jan Molloy L-R: Linda Sproul, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras and Jan Molloy at Government House for the 2011 Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

After more than two decades of teaching, Jan joined Museum Victoria in 2006 and she coordinates humanities programs at the Immigration Museum. Over the years, Jan's passionate belief in the power of education to build strong communities has driven several innovative programs for teachers and students, including:

Narratives Across Cultures: a partnership program with both Deakin University and VUT leading to an ALTC research project 'Teaching and Learning in Public Spaces'

Cultural Diversity Quest: a partnership program with DEECD celebrating cultural diversity in our secondary schools, culminating in an exhibition at the Immigration Museum for Cultural Diversity Week 2010

Small Object Big Story: A program in which participants learn research techniques, explore their personal histories, uncover the stories embedded in familiar objects, and learn how to share their discoveries through exhibitions and publications. This program formed the basis for Making History.

Congratulations Jan Molloy!

Links:

Immigration Museum education programs

MV Blog: Making History with the experts

Access All Areas awarded

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by Kate C
Publish date
11 April 2011
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Wonderful news – MV's Access All Areas Podcast Adventures just picked up the award for Best Audio/Visual/Podcast category in the MW2011 Best of the Web awards!

Dr Andi Horvath created this podcast series in 2008. Since then, she's taken listeners through parts of the museum most people don't get to see, including research laboratories, exhibition openings, collection stores and more. The audio format is perfect for interviews, poems, noisy collection objects, noiser wildlife, and even the odd scandal from the depths of the museum's past.

Access All Areas screenshot A screenshot of the Access All Areas site.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Big congratulations also to ACMI for winning not only the Education category, but the highly-coveted overall Best of the Web prize, for their excellent video studio site, ACMI Generator.

The Best of the Web awards are presented in conjunction with the annual Museums and the Web conference, which this year ran from 6-9 April in Philadelphia, USA. Judged by a panel of museum professionals, these prestigious awards attract international nominees of a very high standard.

Links:

Access All Areas Podcast Adventures

Access All Areas on iTunes

List of MW2011 Best of the Web winners

Museums and the Web 2011

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