One week, two conference presentations

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at two conferences representing our recent work in the Education Department.

On November 7 Priscilla Parra and I went to the California Assisted Living Association conference in Orange County, CA. We led a hands-on, interactive lesson demonstrating how we teach our programs for senior citizens. Priscilla worked with groups showing them how to use digital cameras to take photographs with interesting vantage points, and I led groups on how to create discussion and interpretation around photographs. We had more than 40 attendants to our micro-workshops, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Even with out a lot of resources, the adminstrators and coordinators who attended felt they could use these activities at their own facilities.

Then the next morning I flew to Seattle for the Museum and Computer Networks conference. Myself and Vivian Kung-Haga, director of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, presented on the Soapbox! The Audience Speaks interactive and exhibition. The audience filled the room, and were excited to hear about the ways MOPA used crowd-sourcing ideas to engage visitors and develop the exhibition. They asked a lot of questions about how we approached the technology and how the activity was reshaping our culture at MOPA. I was surprised to see the discussion we generated.

Microsoft Research let us use one of their Pixelsense touchtables, the same we use in our galleries, to display Soapbox! in the exhibition hall at the conference. It was a kind gesture considering I was going to have hard time packing a 40-inch touchscreen in to my luggage.

Expect to hear more about our travels and presentations next year!