A good reminder from IMA staffer, Anne Young: “If you want to see our objects conservator have a coronary, then by all means continue climbing on the artworks. But really, do you want that on your conscience?”
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1. Desks The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.
2. Language Labs Foreign language acquisition is only a smartphone away. Get rid of those clunky desktops and monitors and do something fun with that room.
3. Computers Ok, so this is a trick answer. More precisely this one should read: ‘Our concept of what a computer is’. Because computing is going mobile and over the next decade we’re going to see the full fury of individualized computing via handhelds come to the fore. Can’t wait.
4. Homework The 21st century is a 24/7 environment. And the next decade is going to see the traditional temporal boundaries between home and school disappear. And despite whatever Secretary Duncan might say, we don’t need kids to ‘go to school’ more; we need them to ‘learn’ more. And this will be done 24/7 and on the move (see #3).
5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions The AP Exam is on its last legs. The SAT isn’t far behind. Over the next ten years, we will see Digital Portfolios replace test scores as the #1 factor in college admissions.
I can’t deny my interest in the future of E Pluribus Unum. That’s why I’ve dragged my feet for months and have put off updating the Wikipedia article following the extremely heated controversy surrounding its installation. In Wikipedia, neutrality is of the utmost importance, and I just didn’t think I could calm my emotions down long enough to deliver.
When I had the pleasure of meeting Fred Wilson last year, I of course was introduced as the girl who updated his Wikipedia article. This isn’t a lie. I’d updated his bio and also created the stub for E Pluribus Unum, way back when things were still calm and cheery. Then September came… and October. That night at Madame Walker was one of the most eye opening and emotional evenings I’ve experienced, and my peers who were there with me agree.
Luckily I’m surrounded by museum studies grads who have been coerced had the opportunity to learn Wikipedia. When I was asked again about updating the E Pluribus Unum article, I quickly called upon the best of the best - my dear friend Maggie, who just so happens to be a research assistant working on further contextualizing the sculpture, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and issues of race in Indianapolis history.
Thankfully (sigh of relief) she consented, and went straight to updating the article with her abundance of research. We were both still stuck, however, on how to go about the dreaded Controversy heading. But in the end, we did it… (thanks mostly to Tyler Green!) After two intensely collaborative days of Wiki-editing, which turned into an extremely healing, cathartic experience, we completed our task. Please, join us in our sigh of relief.
This is an extremely important artwork that has brought up deep-seated issues in the Indianapolis community. It’s important that all of the information is correctly out there for people to access. This is why we’re so proud to have helped get the article to its present state. (And know that it’s a never ending process, so edit away!) Here’s hoping that we make it onto the Wikipedia main page in the coming weeks and are able to share this artwork’s story with an even wider audience.
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