I love conferences! I love meeting new people in my field, discovering new ideas and research I can put to work, and discovering new tools to explore. I also love presenting at conferences, or offering workshops, helping to spread innovations I am proud to have been part of (and sharing the failures along the way). Watch videos of my presentations, view keynotes, and more on my work blog. Recent highlights include:

  • “Look Up at the Stars: integrating a user-centered design process into a natural history museum” for the Visitor Studies Association (2018), the Connected Learning Summit (2018), and at Museums and the Web (2017)
  • “Get Hands-on with Virtual Reality!” for the American Alliance of Museums conference (2017)
  • “Museum at Your Fingertips: Telepresence Tours for Schools” for Museums and the Web (2017)
  • “Mobile Apps, Museums, and MicroRangers: Fighting the 6th Extinction with Playful Learning” for the Association of Science-Technology Centers conference (2016)
  • “Empowering Youth Audiences to Ensure Inclusivity & Community Engagement through Technology & Gaming” for the New York Museum Educator’s Forum (2017)
  • “Renewing the Currency of Cultural Halls: Reframing the Past to Save the Future” for the Association of Science-Technology Centers conference (2016)

Professional Development

I always find it exciting to work with groups of people to build their capacity through an intensive, resource-rich experience that leaves everyone inspired and excited to try something new and confident that it might be worth the risk. I have traveled the country working with museums, schools, after school providers to train their staff  to bring youth development, digital learning, and games-based learning pedagogies and practices into their educational programming.

Consultant | Advisories | Collaborators

Whatever the context, I am always energized by working with other organizations. I enjoy learning from others in my own or other fields while learning what is unique about what I may bring to the table.

I have been or am currently advising, in one capacity or another:

  • Games For Change (which I also co-founded)
  • The MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Steering Committee
  • Ford’s Theatre (advisory panel and, yes, where Lincoln was assassinated)
  • iCivics (advisory panel)
  • The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life (advisory panel)
  • The Covenant Foundation (board member)
  • The National Opera Center of America (grant review panel)
  • I have also participated in grant review panels for many other organizations.

I have also enjoyed collaborating with the following organizations, bringing innovative projects to life:

  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • The Field Museum
  • The Noguchi Museum
  • The New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries
  • The International Criminal Court
  • The World Bank
  • Common Sense Media
  • Harvard’s Goodplay Project
  • The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Charlotte, NC)
  • The Madison Public Library (Madison, WI)
  • Dane County Jail (Madison, WI)
  • Jail North (Charlotte, NC)