iPad: Change the Museum World?

iPad: Change the Museum World?

I’m on a panel discussion Wednesday at NEMA, and the topic is: “The iPad Changes the World — And Museums”.  (Maybe we should end that session title with a question mark:  “…and Museums?”)  Whether or not it’s changing museums, the iPad, with its pleasing form factor, is something many museums are considering.  How does it work for our environments? A few considerations: Our iPad app project, a...

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Popup Maker Space at ASTC

Popup Maker Space at ASTC

Feeling the momentum after announcing of our “Popup Maker Space” initiative last week at ASTC.  Lots of interest from people who stopped by the booth, and new thoughts for version 2 of Jim Polk’s praxinoscope.  Also an idea for a new storykiosk feature that will be super motivating for post-visit followup. Paul Orselli and I will be trying these ideas out in a couple weeks at NEMA in Burlington, VT. Our focus: to provide...

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New for ASTC: Popup Maker Space

New for ASTC: Popup Maker Space

Heading into ASTC, I’m primed to introduce a new endeavor, Popup Maker Space, with colleagues Paul Orselli of POW! and James Polk of Canstruct. Popup Maker Space provides a modular “make” activity — initially a hand drawn animation disk that can be used with a mirrored praxinoscope in the Popup Maker Space, then taken home to be turned into a new animation device.  Visitors create their animation, and can then record...

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Interactivity 2012: Children’s museums and maker spaces

Feels like this is the year that it’s all coming together — that a new model for how family-oriented museums relate with their visitors is emerging.  It crystalized for me at the Association of Children’s Museums “reImagining” workshop.  The rise of “maker spaces” — where visitors are given tools and materials for creating cool things — in children’s museums is one of the major means...

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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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ReImagining Children’s Museums: Technology in the next 10-20 years

In the ReImagining session, we’re projecting 10-20 years down the road.  Right now we can imagine technology in the next three years(social/mobile, augmented reality). The next five years is hazy (artificial intelligence?), 10 years is total science fiction. And 20 years?? Here are some trends I’m aware of: –Programs vs. exhibits. The real work of children’s museums will be in programs rather than exhibits.  We see signs...

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