MIDEA Posts Tagged ‘museum’

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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Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part II)

Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part II)

In my first post on Community-Sourcing 100 Toys I explained the process behind The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis project and shared about the surprising level of engagement it received. Get caught up, if you haven’t already! What I found most intriguing about “100 Toys” was watching our first attempt at community-sourcing play out in surprising […]

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iPad apps, Part 3: Pleasures of the Kin-Aesthetic, Sculptural and Journalistic

iPad apps, Part 3: Pleasures of the Kin-Aesthetic, Sculptural and Journalistic

Isn’t it amazing how what takes 15 minutes to present in a MacWorld talk takes three–or even four–blog posts to write?  Now what’s that about? On the one hand, the speed of speech vs. the slowness of text, and on the other, the speed with which one can navigate an app in a demo versus […]

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iPad apps, Part 2: Pleasures and Pains of the Kin-Aesthetic

iPad apps, Part 2: Pleasures and Pains of the Kin-Aesthetic

In my last post, I suggested that the promise of the iPad was that: by engaging us physically with a magic pane of glass that refreshes and surprises us through a succession of media, we’d become enchanted with the topics at hand (literally, at our fingertips) where curiosity leads, knowledge may follow While games are interactive, […]

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iPad apps, Part 1: Pleasures and Pains of the Kin-Aesthetic

iPad apps, Part 1: Pleasures and Pains of the Kin-Aesthetic

I just spoke at MacWorld on a panel called “The World’s Biggest Art Museum,” and it gave me the opportunity to review the latest crop of art viewing and museum-based iPad apps. There are certainly a lot out there. Many are shovelware: notably, the plethora of inexpensive apps published by a company that goes by […]

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It is always wise to look ahead

It is always wise to look ahead

As my first MIDEA post what subject would I choose other than the Horizon Project? I have a number of quotes about predicting the future. My favorite used to be: “Prediction is difficult, especially about the future” Pithy, and because its such a good quote its attributed to a wide variety of people from Niels […]

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Defining Open Authority in Museums

Defining Open Authority in Museums

  As part of my museum studies MA, I have been researching the potential of Wikipedia as a platform for museums to encourage accessibility and community dialogue. My research happened to coincide with an incredibly inspiring discussion about authority among museum professionals, which led me to propose a new model for authority in museums: open […]

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How Research is like a Reality TV Singing Competition

How Research is like a Reality TV Singing Competition

Want to know a secret? In my past life I was a serious American Idol fan. I don’t know why I got so swept up in the concept of a reality singing competition. I certainly can’t sing, but I’ve always been a sucker for the contestants who are portrayed as train wrecks and then shock […]

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Help Shape the Future: IMLS Needs You!

Help Shape the Future: IMLS Needs You!

One of the more interesting emails that appeared in my in-box (5 times today at last count) is the announcement from the IMLS with the subject heading “Help Shape the Future of the IMLS.” If you work at a museum or non-profit organization that has benefited from, currently benefits from, or hopes to benefit from […]

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Of Non-Linear Delight, Opacity and Revelation

Of Non-Linear Delight, Opacity and Revelation

I have recently finished reading the early English novel—if we dare call it that—Tristram Shandy. Anyone who recalls the early days of multimedia and the Web will remember the exhilaration of being present at the creation of a new medium/art form, before the rules were invented. That’s what Shandy was back in the early 1760s, […]

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NMC Announces Launch of Digital Arts Education Institute

NMC Announces Launch of Digital Arts Education Institute

The New Media Consortium (NMC), in partnership with the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of the Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA). This pioneering program is aimed expressly at meeting the needs of art museums, university arts and museum education programs and the […]

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