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Alex’s Art Picks – NMC Horizon Report Preview Edition

Alex’s Art Picks – NMC Horizon Report Preview Edition

MIDEA’s Associate Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition is off to the printers and will be officially released at the Museum Computer Network Conference in Montreal, Canada in late November. Check out this NMC Horizon Report […]

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NMC on the Horizon > Makerspaces

NMC on the Horizon > Makerspaces

How do we define a Makerspace? Who participates? What is the value? Why is this important for teaching and learning? How do we assess Makerspace activities? For the inaugural edition of the new “NMC on the Horizon” series on October 16th, we’re bringing in edtech experts across the Higher Ed, K-12, and museum sectors to […]

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Alex’s Art Picks – NMC Horizon Report Short List Edition

Alex's Art Picks - NMC Horizon Report Short List Edition

MIDEA’s Associate Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out this NMC Horizon Report Short List > 2013 Museum Edition of Alex’s Art Picks: Roll Up Your Sleeves for an Augmented Reality Sand Box Augmented reality is an emerging technology that has made all […]

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Alex’s Art Picks – Back to School Edition

Alex's Art Picks - Back to School Edition

MIDEA’s Associate Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out this back-to-school edition of Alex’s Art Picks: A Virtual Palette at Your Fingerprints Josef Albers was an important German-born American artist whose lessons on color theory formed the basis of many art classes today. […]

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MIDEA at Museums and the Web 2013 Conference

MIDEA at Museums and the Web 2013 Conference

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Museum Edition at the Museums and the Web 2013 conference in Portland, Oregon. MW 2013 is a excellent place to learn about the most recent advancements in the field of museum technology. Some of the notable topics included many of the […]

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Charting a Path for the Future of Museum Education

Charting a Path for the Future of Museum Education

In December 2012 a group of 22 international museum education leaders journeyed Austin, Texas, to discuss the future direction of museum education. This first-of-its kind Museum Education Summit, sponsored and supported by the Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA), was an opportunity to both identify opportunities and address challenges that would help […]

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MuseumNext Barcelona: A Wikipedian’s Perspective

MuseumNext Barcelona: A Wikipedian’s Perspective

  From May 23 to 25, I had the amazing opportunity to represent Wikimedia at MuseumNext in Barcelona, joining four other Wikimedians from countries throughout Europe.  Now in its fourth year, MuseumNext brings together an international group of cultural professionals to share best practices in digital engagement in museums. In addition to presenting about QRpedia, […]

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GLAM-Wiki takes the American Association of Museums

GLAM-Wiki takes the American Association of Museums

As a museum studies student I have always looked forward to attending the American Association of Museums (AAM) annual meeting, where thousands of museum professionals nerd-out in over 100 sessions on museum theory and best practice. But, I would never have guessed that my first time at AAM would involve chairing a session …on Wikipedians […]

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GLAMcamp DC adds Sparkle to Museum-Wikipedia Partnerships

GLAMcamp DC adds Sparkle to Museum-Wikipedia Partnerships

When one hears “GLAMcamp,” the last thing that would come to mind is a gaggle of Wikipedians hacking on tech tools and documentation. But that’s precisely what GLAMcamp is — a three-day event that brings together Wikipedians to create tools, standards, and best practices for partnerships between cultural organizations and Wikipedia. A friendly reminder: GLAM […]

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Not Another Revolution?

Not Another Revolution?

There are a number definitions to the word “revolution”. There’s the Arab Spring kind, “an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed”, where people get hurt; there’s the “sudden, complete or marked change in something” kind; and then, like the flared jeans I’m wearing, […]

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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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NMC Seeks Examples for the NMC Horizon Report: 2011 Museum Edition

NMC Seeks Examples for the NMC Horizon Report: 2011 Museum Edition

  The 2011 Horizon.Museum Advisory Board has spoken! Six emerging technology topics have officially been voted into the upcoming NMC Horizon Report: 2011 Museum Edition. But first, we want to hear from you. We are interested in learning about any kind of research, pilot programs, innovative projects, or other work happening at your museum (or ones you know of) in […]

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iPads in the Museum: Keynotes and Panel Videos

iPads in the Museum: Keynotes and Panel Videos

This spring, MIDEA hosted the workshop “iPads in the Museum” in San Antonio, Texas. Museum professionals from all over the country gathered to learn and discuss strategies for enhancing their digital exhibits, docent tours, and special programs with the blockbuster tablet that is the Apple iPad. In case you missed it, we’ve archived recordings of […]

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Universal Tablet Holder Enhances Docent Tours

Universal Tablet Holder Enhances Docent Tours

*Scroll to the bottom of the post for an exclusive discount for MIDEA and NMC members!* Everywhere we look, new and innovative uses for tablets are emerging. As evidenced at the 2011 MIDEA workshop > iPads in the Museum, museums are capitalizing on this technology by bringing an enhanced, interactive experience to visitors. More and […]

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Register for the Apple Summer Semester Webcast Series

Register for the Apple Summer Semester Webcast Series

Apple is offering an amazing summer program for professional development that you don’t want to miss. Their free webcast series covers a wide range of topics, from innovative iPad techniques to strategies for using new technology in small groups. You will get fresh ideas on how to incorporate emerging technologies at your museum or institution! […]

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Reflections: iPads in the Museum

Reflections: iPads in the Museum

Push play to watch the latest episode of The NMC Voice, featuring a segment on the 2011 MIDEA workshop! On May 3-4, the participants of the 2011 MIDEA Workshop: iPads in the Museum challenged each other to explore all the ways in which this blockbuster tablet could transform creative inquiry at museums. Some of the […]

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Read, Comment, and Translate the 2010 Horizon Report

Read, Comment, and Translate the 2010 Horizon Report

The 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition was published in PDF format in November 2010, and we now have a version of it on the web in a special format meant for discussion. As we do with other editions of the Horizon Reports, these are published on an NMC WordPress site (http://wp.nmc.org/), meaning you can directly […]

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On Your iPad MIDEA Sports the Flipboard Style

On Your iPad MIDEA Sports the Flipboard Style

Check out the MIDEA web site on an iPad, because it will have a whole new style there. We are just beginning to see new layout styles for the iPad (and the wave of similar platforms that will follow) that depart sharply from the web site in a browser format we have gotten accustomed to […]

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‘Twas the night before Navigator

'Twas the night before Navigator

*with apologies to Clement Moore and Dr. Seuss* Twas the night before Navigator, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, as I picked up my mouse; The instructions for log-in I updated with care (http://go.nmc.org/midea-connect-9151), And checked out the time zone for here (Ohio) and for there (Texas); — Alan, Rachel, and […]

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MIDEA and NMC at MCN is a Win-Win

MIDEA and NMC at MCN is a Win-Win

Hello Mideans Got to see a number of you last week in Austin at the MCN 2010 Annual Conference.   It was terrific to see members of the two organizations meeting and mingling.   There was a lot of energy, conversation, great ideas, and enthusiasm for all things museum-related going on at the Sheraton and the […]

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2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition Released

2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition Released

The Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA), the museum-focused branch of the New Media Consortium (NMC), today released the 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition. This specially-focused edition of the annual Horizon Report series considers technology use in museum settings. The report identifies and describes six emerging technologies that will likely have a […]

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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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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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NMC Cosponsors Arts Skills Map Linking Arts Activities with Key 21st Century Skills

NMC Cosponsors Arts Skills Map Linking Arts Activities with Key 21st Century Skills

In collaboration with national arts organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has charted how arts education promotes key 21st-century skills in a map released earlier this month. The 21st Century Skills Map: The Arts is the fifth in a series of core content maps from P21, and was cosponsored by the NMC. The […]

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