MIDEA Posts by Rachel Varon

GoSoapBox

GoSoapBox

I came across a new app called GoSoapBox that is designed as an instructional tool and feedback loop for teachers in the traditional classroom environment. As with every new educational technology that I encounter, I asked myself “how could museums use this?”  I think that GoSoapBox has some great potential for stimulating conversations about works […]

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Texas-wide curriculum collection is complete

Texas-wide curriculum collection is complete

MIDEA strives to function as a hub for museum professionals about all things digital, including materials for classroom teachers. We recently completed a new resource that brings together all of the digital curricula available through the MIDEA member institutions’ websites. This unique resource spans the richness of the collections of art museums across the state, […]

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The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum

The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum

At MIDEA, we constantly watch for outstanding digital media programming in museums. I was excited to learn about the  Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum where technology  enhances the learning experience of its youngest visitors. The centre exclusively serves families and young people, with a main focus on children, ages 7 to 11. […]

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Recap of MIDEA Connect Session: Recruit the World

Recap of MIDEA Connect Session: Recruit the World

On March 31, MIDEA Connect presented Recruiting the World: Mobile Strategy at the Smithsonian by Nancy Proctor, Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives for the Smithsonian Institution. The webinar was brimming with information about the mobile initiatives and the mobile strategy in development at the Smithsonian Institution (SI). Below is a summary of her presentation. […]

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2011 MIDEA Minigrant Awardees Selected

We are thrilled to announce the 2011 MIDEA Minigrant Awardees. The minigrant programs have been consistently well received by Texas museum participants, and the projects they have created are visually rich, full of information, and engaging. Like the minigrant programs of the past two years, this year’s program funds interesting digital media projects undertaken at […]

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The 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition featured in Curator: The Museum Journal

The 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition featured in Curator: The Museum Journal

The January 2011 issue of Curator features an article about our very own 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition by the reports co-editors, Larry Johnson and Holly Witchey.  In the article, they explain the methodology of creating the report and describe the key trends and critical challenges gleaned from the horizon project process. Written by museum […]

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The Louvre-DNP Museum Lab

The Louvre-DNP Museum Lab

There are some fascinating things happening at the Louvre.  Alan Levine recently introduced me to the Louvre – DNP Museum Lab, or Museum Lab for short, and I am fascinated by the initiative. The Museum Lab is a partnership between the Musée du Louvre and Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) that aims to explore and experiment […]

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Recap of “Motivating Participation” with Nina Simon

Recap of "Motivating Participation" with Nina Simon

On December 7, as part of the MIDEA Connect webinar series, Nina Simon presented Motivating Participation.  As expected from Nina Simon, the session was engaging, inviting and participatory.  I appreciated Nina’s format, where she involved the participants by asking questions at the end of each section.  The attendees asked many questions and the chat box […]

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Mobi Tour at the Amon Carter

Mobi Tour at the Amon Carter

Congratulations to the staff at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art who have successfully completed their first smart phone tour for the American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White exhibition, which will be on view through January 2, 2011.  This special exhibition features the work of Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, and Walker Evans, three American artists […]

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AMOA interviews Michael Ray Charles and Lance Letscher

AMOA interviews Michael Ray Charles and Lance Letscher

Last week I had the opportunity to work on a video shoot for the Austin Museum of Art’s (AMOA) 2010 minigrant project.  AMOA ‘s project for this grant cycle focuses on creating a pachyderm that provides the public with web access to their permanent collection in conjunction their Collection Selections exhibitions. The pachyderm will focus […]

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Dallas Contemporary Dives into SCVNGR

Dallas Contemporary Dives into SCVNGR

For their 2010 minigrant project, Diane Sikes and the education team at the Dallas Contemporary experimented with the SCVNGR tool to bring mobile gaming into their galleries. SCVNGR is a geo-location enabled platform that has apps for iPhone and Android devices, but also may be played via SMS from any mobile device. SCVNGR tasks might […]

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MIDEA Launches Social Media Roundups

MIDEA Launches Social Media Roundups

In conjunction with our upcoming webinar, MIDEA Presents: How Networked Nonprofits Use Facebook featuring social media expert Beth Kanter, MIDEA is kicking off the fall with a new initiative called Social Media Roundups. (cc licensed flickr photo shared by Bill Gracey) Social Media Roundups are our way to practice using social networking tools to support […]

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Reflections on the Nasher’s project Revelation: The Art of James Magee

Reflections on the Nasher’s project Revelation: The Art of James Magee

It is wonderful when you get the opportunity to see your colleagues grow and develop new skills.  I had one of those moments this week when I received an excited email from Stephen Ross at the Nasher Sculpture Center that read, “I am happy to say that the recording and editing of James Magee went […]

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MIDEA Museums Speak: Results of the Social Networking Survey

MIDEA Museums Speak: Results of the Social Networking Survey

In anticipation of the MIDEA meeting, Maximizing the Returns of Social Networking for Your Museum, we surveyed the MIDEA members to gauge their participation and comfort with social networking and social media tools.  The results are in and they are interesting.  Honestly, I knew that many of the MIDEA museums were using these tools; the […]

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Haptics, Augmented Reality, and Interpretive Interactives

Haptics, Augmented Reality, and Interpretive Interactives

Heads-Up Virtual Reality System Combines 3D Visuals With Tactile Feedback Do you ever wish museum visitors could touch an object to get a sense of its weight, texture, and mass? New advances in haptics and virtual reality technology bring us closer to that reality for museums.  California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology engineers Tom […]

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