Monthly Archives: February 2016

#NCMAcreate Live Chat

Join us on Friday, March 4 at 2pm EST to discuss how museums can prototype solutions for schools and teachers in a rapidly changing educational environment.

Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), our museum is conducting a two-year investigation into the changing needs of classrooms and students and into the unique role of art museums in today’s educational environment. We are using a STEM-based art-infused design process to ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve solutions for tomorrow’s learners.

Through this hangout, we’ll share how we developed a framework to address top needs that were identified during the ask phase. We will share the ten prototypes we are currently piloting during the create phase.

Join us for a live video and Twitter chat on Friday, March 4, 2-2:30pm. We’ll be hosting this live chat using a software called ZOOM – the initial use of Zoom requires a quick, easy addition of a plug in and is very user friendly once installed. When you’re ready to join by videoconference, click on this link. You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #NCMAcreate. We look forward to you joining the chat!


Rebecca Klemm: Let students learn in their own way

This blogpost is part of a series where our thought partners who were not able to attend the Future of Learning Summit were asked to create video responses to a variety of questions related to the panel discussion.

In the video below, Rebecca Klemm, founder of NumbersAlive!, submitted the following video response when asked, “How has your work helped students navigate the sometimes difficult path between learning what they need to know and inspiring them to create and take ownership of their ideas?”


During the Q&A portion of the panel, a student in the audience who is also a member of our Teen Arts Council, shared her experience with a teacher who made learning AP Calculus engaging and relevant to her.

“I’m bad at math, that’s why I love art so much, but I’m in an AP Calculus BC course and I’m doing well in it because my teacher knows how to create an environment where I can learn the way that’s best for me. For example, I made a music video about calculus. Instead of Take me to Church by Hozier, [we created a video called] “Take me to Calc.”
This student exemplifies the idea that Rebecca talks about in her video that encourages educators to let students learn in the way that works best for them in order to create meaningful learning experiences.

Hank Willis Thomas: Artists and Educators

This blogpost is part of a series where our thought partners who were not able to attend the Future of Learning Summit were asked to create video responses to a variety of questions related to the panel discussion.

In the videos below, our thought partner Hank Willis Thomas, a contemporary artist based in New York, responded to these questions:

  • Reflect on the role that art (contemporary art in particular) can play in shaping student learning.
  • How might the exchange between contemporary artists/educators/students inspire visionary educational practices?

His videos were shown as an introduction to a conversation focused on the role of community in innovative ed practice.



NCMA Hosts Future of Learning Summit

Over the past year, we’ve been using this blog to document the process (Ask-Imagine-Plan-Create-Improve) behind our IMLS planning grant on the role of museums in next-generation learning. On Saturday, January 30 (after a week’s delay due to weather), we held a Thought Partner Summit and Future of Learning Panel discussion to reflect on the work we’ve done so far and prepare for the final stretch of our grant. Our thought partner group consists of national leaders in the fields of education, museums, and technology.

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In the morning, our collaborative planning team of P-16 educators from across the state met with the thought partners. Working in affinity groups, they shared ideas about teacher professional development, experiences for students that happen online and onsite, and participatory gallery spaces. Thought partners helped groups become aware of potential models for programs, recognize gaps in our planning, and find connections between prototype ideas.

We invited the public to join the discourse in a lively panel discussion that afternoon. Sylvea Hollis, program manager with the Center for the Future of Museums, moderated a panel featuring Corey Madden (executive director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts), Matthew Rascoff (vice president for technology-based learning and innovation for the UNC system), and Dr. Keith Sawyer (Morgan Professor of Educational Innovation in the School of Education at UNC–Chapel Hill). Hank Willis Thomas, Dr. Rebecca Klemm, and Rob Stein contributed reflections via video. Topics included the role of community in innovative ed practices, embracing needs-based change, and data and education technology. Audience members participated by responding to real-time poll questions on these topics and had the opportunity to ask questions of panelists. A link to the full panel discussion can be accessed below. In the coming days, we will post additional footage and extended thought partner responses to each topic.

Future of Learning panel discussion.