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Public Speaking

I regularly organize and participate on panels and offer workshops at industry conferences on topics related to museum-based learning, digital media and learning and games-based learning.

Recent highlights:

  • “Rapid Adaptation: Lessons from 100 Years of Gamified Learning at Girl Scouts” for the Games for Change Festival (2020)
  • “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)
  • “The DigitalLearningification of Informal Learning Centers: Lessons from Three Museums” for the Digital Media and Learning Conference (2016)

Below are links to recent conference-related posts:

  • Video: The Revolution Has Been Digitized: MicroRangers, Youth Programs, and a Toolkit for the Future of Museums
    by Barry on October 21, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Can teenagers co-design new digital experiences for museums? For six years at the American Museum of Natural History, we did just that. This week I was delighted to present how at the MuseumNext’s Digital Learning Summit. Named after an earlier … Continue reading →

  • Where to catch me this week at MuseumNext and MCN
    by Barry on October 15, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    You know what they say: when it rains, it pours. I haven’t been to a conference in months – last August’s Play Make Learn Conference and, before that, MuseWeb in April. Next week, however, I am set to attend two! … Continue reading →

  • Winner of the GEE! Learning Games Award (Informal Learning Game category)
    by Barry on September 30, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Last May I announced I would be leading the informal learning category within the Madison, Wisconsin-based Play Make Learn Conference‘s 2021 James Paul Gee Learning Games Award. Below I am excited to announce which game won, and why. As a … Continue reading →

  • When Worlds Collide: Is Digital Design Denigrating or Saving Museums?
    by Barry on May 6, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Yesterday, I spent an hour with five African-American and Latinx boys from West Harlem. All gamers. Over Zoom, we chatted about the role games played in their lives, how it helps them to be who they want to be in … Continue reading →

  • What I Learned at MuseWeb 2021
    by Barry on April 9, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    MuseWeb (the conference formerly know as Museums and the Web) is one of my favorites. The attendees are amazing and I always learn so much. This year’s MuseWeb, to combat Zoom fatigue, is spread all over the month. But this … Continue reading →

  • Where to Find Me at the upcoming MuseWeb Conference
    by Barry on April 1, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I love MuseWeb. When I started work in 2012 at AMNH, it was the only conference everyone asked me about. Are you going? Are you going? So eventually I went, and I found my people. Educators were still a small … Continue reading →

  • Renewing Cultural Halls Through Digital Experience Design
    by Barry on March 17, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    For more years than I can remember I’ve had the privilege of working with graduate student interns from NYU, specifically from three programs: Digital Media Design For Learning, Games For Learning, and Educational Communication and Technology. Whether advancing user experience … Continue reading →

  • How I Used ClubHouse to Make Connections at an Online Conference
    by Barry on February 26, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    SEEKING CONNECTIONS I spent all week attending a conference I had heard about but never attended: MuseumNext. It is designed to “bring together a passionate community of museum leaders, makers and innovators to ask ‘what’s next for museums?’” I wanted … Continue reading →

  • Museums Pitch Session for the French Embassy
    by Barry on November 17, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Today I was invited by The Cultural Services and Trade Office of the French Embassy in New York to be a judge for their Museum Pitch Session. It is part of their accelerator program LE CREATIVE LAB North America. It was exciting … Continue reading →

  • Help me Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Games For Change #G4C18 Festival with a Pop-up Museum
    by Barry on April 26, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    As one of the founders of Games For Change, I was delighted when they asked me to help them celebrate the 15th anniversary this summer with a pop-up museum. At previous conferences like Museums and the Web and the Games, … Continue reading →