Thursday, May 10, 2012

Posting from Portland (InterActivity 2012)

I had a great day (and night!) in beautiful Portland yesterday to kick off the 2012 InterActivity conference for Children's Museums. 

The highlight (besides meeting old and new museum friends from around the world) was the evening PechaKucha event.  I'm a great fan of the 20x20 presentation style (each participant gets 20 slides of 20 seconds each to make their presentation.)

We had an incredibly diverse set of topics courtesy of 10 amazing presenters!

Amongst the highlights: 

Kari Jensen from OMSI started us off by talking about Green Exhibit Design (and sharing information about a great resource, The Green Exhibit Checklist.)

Sara DeAngelis from San Jose, shared her "hostess tips" for making museum visitors more comfortable.

Clifford Wagner  showed us the graphs of joy, and spoke about the power of learning and practicing new skills.

Becky Lindsay from MindSplash advocated for MORE loose parts in museums.

All in all, a great event and a great start to museum mania in Portland.  Many thanks to all the presenters (pictured above) and a special shout-out to my co-host Sari Boren.

P.S. Watch the Twitter-stream for ongoing conference updates this week by searching the #InterActivity2012 hash-tag.

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