Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Most Important Stuff I Learned at ACM This Year

The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) held their annual conference last week in Denver. Here are some of my takeaways, in no particular order:

• Joan Almon, of the Alliance for Childhood, related this scary statistic: School-age children in the U.S. spend 44 hours per week in front of screens (computer, TV, GameBoys, etc.) but only 30 minutes per week playing outside.

• Don't visit the Denver Art Museum with a briefcase or laptop bag.

• Soap bubble solution can be made to glow under "Black Light".

• Great museums have all the right people "on the bus".

• Conversational presentations are STILL better than PowerPoint sessions!

What were some of your takeaways from this year's ACM or AAM conferences? Share your thoughts in the Comments Section below!

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