“Learning Creative Learning” MIT online course: my experience week 2

“Learning Creative Learning” MIT online course: my experience week 2

Here I am, at the end of Week 2 of the experimental course offered through the MIT Media Lab. I’m especially intrigued about the potential implications for “connected learning” in a museum environment, so I’ve got my brain drawing connections that way. Notes from this week: Our mini-community of 20, drawn from the thousands of people who signed up for the course, is down to 3-4 active participants, with a smattering of...

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“Learning Creative Learning” MIT online course: my experience so far

“Learning Creative Learning” MIT online course: my experience so far

Last week I caught a post in Karen Wilkinson’s Facebook feed about the experimental course, “Learning Creative Learning” being offered through Mitch Resnick’s program at the MIT Media Lab.  I signed up, as had 24,000 other people, and now we’ve been off and running for four days. This “massive open online course” (MOOC) is an experiment for the Media Lab in wide distribution of resources and expertise....

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From the Archives: Ghosts of a Chance, milestone museum game

From the Archives: Ghosts of a Chance, milestone museum game

So, here’s a blog entry that I meant to publish two and a half years ago, and somehow never remembered to hit the “publish” button. Oops. But now that time has passed, and museum-based games are on the rise with museum events, and the “Ghosts of a Chance” alternate reality game at the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum  is seen as a milestone in the field, thought I’d go ahead and...

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The Eccentric and Unexpected in Museum Exhibits

The Eccentric and Unexpected in Museum Exhibits

I’m writing a short article for the Association of Children’s Museum journal “Hand to Hand” on the role of the eccentric and unexpected as an  under-appreciated aspect of great exhibits. A lot of times, we (as in, I) get too serious and earnest about our endeavors, losing a feeling of spark. So, what examples are out there? Ask anyone in the business whose been going to AAM/NAME for a few years what museums stand out,...

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Panda cub: difficult topics and kids

Panda cub: difficult topics and kids

With the sad news of the death of the giant panda cub at the National Zoo, I’m reminded of other times educational media teams have had to grapple with difficult issues for young children.  When I was in graduate school, I remember Gerry Lesser, one of the pioneers at Sesame Street, playing for our class the episode where Big Bird’s friends have to remind Big Bird hat Mr. Hooper had died. The most challenging episode ever for the...

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