In Support of Idiosyncrasy

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Funders like the NSF have encouraged science centers in particular to share their techniques and evaluations, which is fabulous but also leads to rampant and sometimes unthinking imitation. Tags: children's museums design business models People often ask me which museums are my favorite. I don't like to give a list. I've only visited about 0.01% of the institutions out there and I suspect that the other 99.99% includes some real gems.

How Cell Phones and Tablets Enable Telework

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Microsoft Office Mobile is preinstalled on Windows Phone 8 and is available for select models of iPhone and Android phones as well. As an example, the National Science Foundation (NSF) found that by not commuting, each NSF teleworker reclaims an average of 62 hours of their lives back and saves $1,201 a year. Telework (also called telecommuting) is where an employee regularly does their work outside of the office, usually at home or when traveling.

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The Truth about Bilingual Interpretation: Guest Post by Steve Yalowitz

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When we received the award, we felt a great sense of opportunity and responsibility, since this was the first NSF-funded research study about bilingual families and their experiences in fully bilingual exhibitions. You can download the research report and find out about the research model, methods, analysis and implications for the field. You know those research studies that make you want to immediately change your practice in some way?

Community Science Workshops and Shared Authorship of Space: Interview with Emilyn Green

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So the Community Science Workshop model is to put a drop-in, FREE community science center in a place that is walkable to kids'' lives and schools. We received two rounds of NSF funding in the 1990s to expand. We received NSF funding for three years and then it cut off. We''re really different from traditional science centers in our funding model. We have a few shining, beloved exceptions, but that''s not a significant part of our model at this time.

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ExhibitFiles: Interviews with Initiators Jim Spadaccini and Wendy Pollock

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Wendy: Part of the thinking was that NSF supported the book Are We There Yet? , NSF requires grant applicants to build on prior knowledge--where do you get it? And with NSF's support, some of the very first things we did were around people developing traveling exhibits. So if NSF is funding it, is it only for science exhibitions? We see this as part of the network of sites that NSF is funding for informal science education. We looked at LinkedIn as a model.

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