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  • Science communicators must consider short-term objectives while keeping their eyes on the prize
    Date: 09/19/2017
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    Most scientists say they got into science to make the world a better place and recognize this means sharing what they learn with a range of other people. But deciding to engage also means deciding what to communicate, and it’s at this stage that things get complicated. Scientists’ most important communication decision may be figuring out their ... »
  • The Maker Movement in Education
    Date: 11/01/2014
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this essay, Erica Halverson and Kimberly Sheridan provide the context for research on the maker movement as they consider the emerging role of making in education. The authors describe the theoretical roots of the movement and draw connections to related research on formal and informal education. They present points of tension between making ... »
  • CAISE Initiative on Practice-and-Research Update, March 2013
    Date: 03/01/2013
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    As part of its Practice-and-Research initiative, the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) has been hosting a series of field-wide discussions to explore the current and potential connections between ISE practice and research. A rich variety of practitioners, researchers and evaluators have contributed to one or more of ... »
  • CAISE Initiative on Practice-and-Research Update, February 2013
    Date: 02/01/2013
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    As part of its ongoing Practice-and-Research (PaR) initiative, the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), in collaboration with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, has engaged cross-sector groups of informal STEM learning practitioners and researchers through a trajectory ... »
  • User Defined Gestures for Surface Computing
    Date: 05/25/2011
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    This paper outlines research showing a suprizing agreement in the guesability of multitouch gestures on tabletop surfaces between users. It also provides more evidence that crowd sourcing gesture mapping will lead to more complete intuitive gesture set and potential convergence into a standard gesture library. ... »
  • Open Exhibits Design Summit Summary
    Date: 03/09/2011
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Open Exhibits held a Design Summit bringing together 30 professionals from the field to help guide future development. The Design Summit was convened in Corrales, New Mexico near the design studios of Ideum, the principal organization of Open Exhibits. It was held March 9th to 11th of 2011. Attendees came from large and small science centers, ... »
  • Addressing Deaf Visitors with an American Sign Language Multimedia Tour
    Date: 07/01/2009
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Christine Reich, manager of research and evaluation at the Museum of Science, Boston, and Elissa Chin, research analyst at Edventure and former senior research and evaluation assistant at the Museum of Science, discuss the impact of an American Sign Language version of the Multimedia Tour they developed for deaf audiences who ... »
  • Communities of Practice
    Date: 06/01/2009
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    The term ""community of practice"" is of relatively recent coinage, even though the phenomenon it refers to is age-old. The concept has turned out to provide a useful perspective on knowing and learning. A growing number of people and organizations in various sectors are now focusing on communities of practice as a key to improving their ... »
  • Communities of Practice
    Date: 05/08/2009
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    The idea that learning involves a deepening process of participation in a community of practice has gained significant ground in recent years. Communities of practice have also become an important focus within organizational development and have considerable value when thinking about working with groups. In this article we outline the theory and ... »
  • Can 90 Seconds of Science Make a Difference?
    Date: 11/01/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    This article summarizes summative evaluation of the impact on public radio listeners of Earth & Sky, a short-format science radio program airing daily on more than 1,000 commerical and public radio stations in the U.S. as well as on satellite and Internet radio outlets. Earth & Sky’s goals are to make science accessible and interesting and ... »

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