NMC Partners with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative

The NMC and the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) are embarking on a collaboration to conduct research and publish an NMC Horizon Report that describes the trends, challenges, and emerging technologies that will impact museums over the next five years. The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Museum Edition will be released in Spring 2015, along with a special BPOC version to celebrate Balboa Park’s Exposition Centennial. Both reports will be jointly distributed free-of-charge, under a Creative Commons license.

The 7 Things You Need to Openly Engage with Your Community

These days there’s no shortage of online community participation among social media and tech-savvy cultural institutions. The idea of sharing authority with our community is becoming more accepted by the day.

It's Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition

The New Media Consortium (NMC) produced the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition, which is being released in a special session at MCN 2013. This fourth edition in the annual museum series of the NMC Horizon Report examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in museum education and interpretation. The report is made possible through the support of the Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA).

MIDEA Awards Minigrants to Texas Museums

The Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts distributes funding to museums to launch innovative, technology-based projects. 

Charting a Path for the Future of Museum Education

Photo by Scott Sayre

Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” (Part II)

By: Lori Byrd Phillips

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!


By: Rachel Kuniansky Varon

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 of art. Here is a description from their website:

Sparking innovation, learning and creativity.
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Identifying the impact of emerging technologies.
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The Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) provides timely, succinct and practical knowledge about emerging technologies that museums can use to advance their missions.
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The largest educational presence in any virtual world, involving more than 150 colleges and universities and a very active community of educators that numbers nearly 12,000.
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