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Alex’s Art Picks — February MIDEA Member Edition

Alex's Art Picks -- February MIDEA Member Edition

MIDEA’s Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out this MIDEA Member Edition of Alex’s Art Picks: iPadography Lets the Animals Out The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is showing middle school-aged students how to create a funky new type of portraiture using their new […]

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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 – June and July 2013 Edition

Alex’s Art Picks – June and July 2013 Edition

MIDEA’s Associate Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out this mobile device-centric edition of Alex’s Art Picks: Mobile Projects at Five Museums are Getting a Major Boost Over the next three years, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The […]

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2013 MIDEA Minigrants Announcement

2013 MIDEA Minigrants Announcement

MIDEA Awards Equipment and Project Minigrants to Texas Museums The Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts distributes funding to museums to launch innovative, technology-based projects. The NMC’s Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) has awarded seven minigrants to museums in Texas that are creatively incorporating technologies into their programs, exhibitions, […]

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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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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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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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Wikimania Recap: GLAM-Style

Wikimania Recap: GLAM-Style

Last week I was thrilled to attend Wikimania, the annual international conference of the Wikimedia community that was held this year in Haifa, Israel.  We were excited to have the GLAM-Wiki initiative as a track throughout the entire conference, but for me, it was most poignant to experience how the many tools, programs, and strategic […]

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Getting to know WikiProject:Public Art

Getting to know WikiProject:Public Art

Wikipedia provides an exhaustive amount of information about everything from dinosaurs and astronomy to television and politics. Many don’t realize that nearly every topic within Wikipedia is maintained by a WikiProject, a model that Wikipedians use to create and improve articles.  While the articles hyperlinked above receive a fair amount of attention from Wikipedians, one […]

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What’s an E-Volunteer?

What’s an E-Volunteer?

“You have a volunteer program…but do you have an E-Volunteer program?”  When Liam Wyatt, the Wikimedia Foundation Cultural Partnerships Fellow, asks this question of museum professionals you can almost hear the “Aha” moment. I was inspired by the concept, and I know others have been, too. But, what exactly is an E-Volunteer? That’s what I’ve […]

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Going Multilingual with QRpedia

Going Multilingual with QRpedia

As a museum studies graduate student, I have had a number of opportunities to wrangle with exhibit label writing. For any museum, choosing the levels of information to include in an exhibit is a daily battle. And, the need to provide resources for non-English speaking audiences complicates the issue further. Many museums are already using […]

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What’s so GLAM about Wikipedia?

What’s so GLAM about Wikipedia?

Hi, I’m a Wikipedian. Nice to meet you! 

Being a Wikipedian means that I contribute content to the encyclopedia, rather than just using it to find information as many do every day. I’m also an emerging museum professional with a passion for collections and museum technology. In this unique role as both a Wikipedian and […]

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Member Spotlight: Canadian Heritage Information Network

Member Spotlight: Canadian Heritage Information Network

This post is part of our MIDEA Member Spotlight Series, where we feature projects, initiatives, and news from the museums and institutions that make us so dynamic. The relationship between museums and emerging technology hasn’t always been an intuitive one, but the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), a Canadian government agency, has been working for […]

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Google Art Project: 7 Billion Small Pixels

Google Art Project: 7 Billion Small Pixels

Nearly any conversation about Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings will inevitably include a statement about how his bold brush strokes and vibrant dots of color simply cannot be fully realized unless seen. It is often claimed that one must see a Van Gogh in person to really experience his technique and that no reproductions, prints, and […]

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iPads in the Museum

Since the iPad’s release in April 2010, creative museum professionals from around the world have been developing iPad apps as a teaching tool, a platform for displaying art work, and even a digital tour guide. We’ve profiled three apps that work with science, art, and historical museum content for the iPad. One such app launched […]

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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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Encountering Space, Art Daily, and Flickr+Streetview

Encountering Space, Art Daily, and Flickr+Streetview

This next set of MIDEA spotlights shines on three more interesting projects or applications of technology for museums. We are always looking for new things to spotlight, and you can tell us where to focus an upcoming feature via our online form. The Dallas Museum of Art (MIDEA profile) is creating exhibits based on photos […]

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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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Mobiles, Panoramas, and a Month at a Museum

Mobiles, Panoramas, and a Month at a Museum

We are starting a new feature here on the MIDEA web site– our Spotlights will regularly publish stories on projects and research done by MIDEA member organizations as well as interesting items we find going on elsewhere in the museum community. As we know many museums are seeking ways to effectively leverage the capabilities of […]

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