Boston Mini-Maker Faire: Introducing StoryFall and StorySpaces.io

Boston Mini-Maker Faire: Introducing StoryFall and StorySpaces.io

Great fun to participate in the very first Boston Mini-Maker Faire this last Saturday. Our booth was set up right next to the Fort Point Channel, among three or four large tents of some 80 other makers. We made ourselves at home with makers of robots, boisterous hand made instruments, kid-created catapults, a tiny house, food trucks, and more. Introducing StoryFall It was a great place to premiere our StoryFall.  The idea: after visitors record...

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When your software is featured on This American Life…

When your software is featured on This American Life…

I had a fun experience last week, driving along listening the always engaging public radio show This American Life hosted by Ira Glass. As I was listening to the story, which featured a museum interactive, I suddenly came to a realization: “they’re talking about software I developed!” The software, though not named, is the “All About Me” program we developed with Healthworks Museum in South Bend, IN several years...

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Informal Learning Review: Popup Exhibits and the Distributed Museum

Informal Learning Review: Popup Exhibits and the Distributed Museum

Great to see the article I wrote with Lynn Baum and Jan Crocker on popup exhibits out in the March/April issue of Informal Learning Review, the longstanding publication drawing together new research and understandings on informal learning in museum environments. The title of the article describes the focus: “Community Connection: Pop-Up Exhibits and the Distributed Museum.” There are a couple trends going on: museums are honing in...

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ACM Interactivity 2016 Notes: Collective Impact

ACM Interactivity 2016 Notes: Collective Impact

Just came back from the Association of Children’s Museum (ACM) annual conference — always a highlight of the conference year for me, the main national gathering of children’s museums. The overarching theme: creating “collective impact” through museums. Here are a few quick notes — when I have time, I’ll double back and write more extended posts on some of these: Activist Orientation: ACM is positioning...

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Literacy e-cards: Exhibits that change behavior

Literacy e-cards: Exhibits that change behavior

One of the topics that’s always interesting to reflect on: can our work in museum exhibits actually make a difference in people’s behavior?  If we checked in with visitors a month after they came to an exhibit, would they have done anything differently in their lives because of the visit? Would they have connected with neighbors, eaten a more healthy diet,  looked into a low emissions vehicle? We’re not here just to inform...

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Stories in Museums: Google Hangout with Dan Spock

Stories in Museums: Google Hangout with Dan Spock

Yesterday Mary Maher, editor of the Association of Children’s Museums publication Hand to Hand and I had a fun Hangout with Dan Spock, Director of the Minnesota History Center Museum and all around museum innovator.  We’re using the Hangout to generate content for an issue of Hand to Hand coming out in May focusing on uses of stories as a way of connecting with visitors. I’ll post the video of the hangout below —...

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