Museumhive: a new approach to community content

Museumhive: a new approach to community content

I’m pleased to say that a proposal I wrote with NEMA to IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) was selected for funding, and we’re proceeding with what I think is a new toolset for museums to reach out to communities. The concept is “Museumhive” — informal gatherings where museum staff and community meet to both socialize and create community content via Google Hangouts and post-hangout social media....

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AAM MUSE Awards for Washington Post Magazine and ¡NUEVOlution! Projects

AAM MUSE Awards for Washington Post Magazine and ¡NUEVOlution! Projects

We’re at the end of the summer, and I realize I haven’t blogged yet about the big news for us a couple months ago at the AAM (American Association of Museums) annual conference: two of our Storykiosk projects received  the association’s MUSE Award, given to exceptional media projects in museums across the U.S. For those who aren’t familiar with the MUSE Awards, they’re like the Academy Awards in the film industry,...

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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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