Reimagining Children’s Museums: Conference notes

Reimagining Children’s Museums: Conference notes

So I’m sitting in the buzz/afterglow of three fantastic days last week for the “Reimagining Children’s Museums” conference, sponsored by the Assoc. of Children’s Museums and hosted by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. What can I say? Of all the museum groups I work with, these are the people who are going to change the basic structure and way museums serve their audiences. Where to begin?  “Reimagining...

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Notes from NEMA iPad/Museum session

Happy to hear our session on iPads was helpful, and thought I’d jot a few followup notes after the session.  (Session chairs: Kathy Burton Jones and Robert Wolterstorff.  Panelists: Paula Rais/Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Viktorya Vilk/Clark Art Institute, Laurie Glover/Clark Art Institute, and myself). Notes: Think “tablet” rather than necessarily “iPad”.  Clark is using Galaxy 10″ Android...

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ACM 2012: John Seely Brown keynote

After the extraordinary pre-conference “reImagining children’s museums” workshop, keynote speaker John Seely Brown (aka “JSB”) confirmed what is becoming apparent: children’s museums are leading the way toward a new relationship with our visitors/participants — a way that integrates our capacities to know, to make, and to play.  He loved this video of the Opal School, a school integrated into the...

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ReImagining Children’s Museums: notes from the session

Children’s museums are up to something pretty extraordinary, and the day long “reImagining” session before the Association of Children’s Museums annual conference is a sign of how impactful this re-imagining might be.  There’s a theme emerging, that museums are becoming more “pervasive, everywhere, all the time” though a combination of community relationships and technology. This is a theme we’ve...

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Best of the Web: Education website thoughts

While I’m on a roll coming up with bulleted lists for the rich experiences at Museums and the Web, thought I’d jot a few thoughts down on the education category for Best of the Web this year.  (I should note that I was a committee member/judge for this category, but these thoughts don’t necessarily reflect those of the committee or any behind the scenes discussions — they’re just thoughts that come to mind as I...

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The museum world changed while I wasn’t looking…

I’ve been keeping busy as I need the last 10 years focusing on visitors’ stories in exhibits (recording them, emailing them, posting to social media, etc).  And it’s all been *exhibit* based. Or, maybe I should say, *but* it’s all been exhibit based.  I’ve come to realize recently that while I’ve been focusing on exhibits, some of the best work in learning and museums has come from programs, those extensions...

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