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Bridging the Gap: Connecting Cultural Institutions and Learners in the Digital Age

Wednesday, September 17
10:30am–12:00pm

A lunch roundtable connecting museum professionals from area cultural institutions with educators and school leaders to examine the educating role of cultural institutions in the digital age.

Cultural institutions, including, amongst others, museums, environmental and science centers, and historical societies, represent educational centers of excellence in today's society who have traditionally relied heavily on onsite traffic from learners to fulfill their educational missions. However, with upwards of 50% of U.S. schools canceling planned field trips in the post-recession and post-standards emphasis-era, cultural institutions are actively exploring ways to reach more learners digitally.

This roundtable lunch, which builds off of Alchemy Learning's recent white paper on the subject, will bring education & marketing staff from cultural institutions and educators & school leaders together to discuss how an increase in connectivity and technology in the classroom can help set the stage to digitally bridge the gap between organizations of expertise and modern learners.

University of Maryland BioPark
801 West Baltimore Street

Speakers

  • Henry Blue

    Henry Blue

    A co-founder of Alchemy Learning, Henry Blue, works with cultural institutions and organizations to help them reach modern learners thought digital education programming. Prior to Alchemy Learning, Henry taught at the Boys' Latin School of Maryland and Xinyu College in Jiangxi, China. Henry holds a B.A. from Davidson College, an M.A. from University of Virginia, and a graduate certificate in instructional technology from UMBC.

  • Win Smith

    Win Smith

    Co-founder @alchemylearning, a web-based platform for bridging cultural institutions and modern learners through digital education. Previously web-based software and tech enabled services investing with @ABSCapital.

  • Edward Papenfuse

    Edward Papenfuse

    Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse recently retired as the Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents, positions he has held since 1975. He helped design the Archives building, co-created the Maryland State Archives website, and teaches courses at the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Law School, and the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of ''In Pursuit of Profit: The Annapolis Merchants in the Era of the American Revolution'' (1975), with Joseph M. Coale, ''The Hammond- Harwood House Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland, 1608-1908'' (1982) and ''The Maryland State Archives Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland 1608-1908'' (2003). He was named a Digital Preservation Pioneer by the National Archives in 2011.

  • Merlin Hanson

    Merlin Hanson

    Merlin taught history and served as a librarian for 13 years in Baltimore County Public School before moving to The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland as the middle school librarian in 2010. Merlin has served on the board of directors for multiple cultural institutions, including the Great War Association in PA where he was also the media liaison, and more recently as VP of the board of the Fire Museum of Maryland. Merlin also owns Hanson Mechanical Restorations, a historic Jeep restoration shop which was featured on the National Geographic show Family Guns. Merlin consistently works with a few graduates in his shop as a continuance of his belief in hands-on experiences and learning for young adults.