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NMC Blog
September 10, 2014
“Can I show you something?” is a question that often leads me to magnificent discoveries. So when I heard that question recently from Mitchell Yangson, a colleague working in the International Center at the Main Library here in San Francisco, I was eager to sit with him and see what was on his mind — and on the screen of his computer. More >

NMC Blog
August 26, 2014
The NMC Inspire Series is a venue for sharing events, people, and projects that are inspiring progressive change in the realm of teaching and learning. Not too long ago, I attended the Open Ed Jam, a small meeting that took place from July 25-27 in San Antonio, Texas at Rackspace headquarters and the San Antonio Central Library. It brought together a diverse group of teachers, community organizers, activists, and technologists to exchange experiences and information about open educational resources (OER). More >

NMC Blog
August 12, 2014
It’s time to stop thinking about technology as technology, but it’s hard to get people to do that. Users are either fascinated or fearful of new technologies, and these gut reactions make them blind to the ‘”why” of it. More >

NMC Blog
July 28, 2014
If you’ve done any thinking, strategizing, or research on educational technology, you’ve likely found yourself in the midst of an impressively large, tangled web of ideas and theories. I know I have. It’s why the New Media Consortium is so important as a convener of dialogue around technology in our museums and our classrooms. I like to give myself a lot of time to think through the ways that our fast-paced world is changing and impacting learning, which sometimes leads me to a long overdue “aha” moment. More >

NMC Blog
July 25, 2014
By Dan Donahoo You’ve probably seen a tweet or post appear in your feed from a teacher requesting that you, “Please retweet this so my students can see how quickly things can spread on the Internet." Somewhere, a clever teacher thought this would be a useful way to help students consider what and how they share through social media. It is, indeed, a quick way to get the elementary point across that networks are, by their nature, very challenging things to control. More >

NMC Blog
June 25, 2014
I can clearly envision the reaction to this blog title: “Lori! Don’t you write and talk about crowdsourcing all the time? And don’t you write and talk about Wikipedia just as much?” Well, yes. But it’s true. You’ll never hear me describe Wikipedia as an example of crowdsourcing. The short answer? Wikipedia is so much more. Here’s the long answer, which just might renew your respect for Wikipedia: More >

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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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