Not all Screen Time is Created Equal

As the debate continue over technology for children, like what the right age is for a child’s first smartphone, the Cleveland Museum of Art is exploring ways to use digital interactive experiences to facilitate learning and play. By focusing on technology as a platform rather than technology for technology’s sake, we have attempted to most past the screen-time debate into kinesthetic and action-based experiences. The new Studio Play is a manifestation of human-centered design, focusing on ways that screens can become irrelevant as users employ technology to further their creativity and curiosity. Explore how the CMA team, working with Design I/O, attempted to consider the intricacies of designing interactives that feel relevant for a broad range of audiences, from school age children, to teens, to adults. Consider the ways that the team placed the needs of the visitor at the of the design process. Finally, understand how the space was developed to offer visitors variety, from small motor and large motor activities, from knowledge-based games to creativity-based experiences, from close-looking activities to exploratory virtual art-making. The final product, an experience that places the visitor into the position of actor, can convince even the most screen-critical visitors that technology, screen-based or not, can truly enhance the museum-going experience. Come learn about how the CMA found that balance in the latest iteration of Studio Play. Speakers Session Leader : Jane Alexander, Chief Information Officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art Co-Presenter : Seema Rao, Director of Intergenerationl Learning, The Cleveland Museum of Art MCN 2016 Presenting Sponsor: Piction New Orleans, LA