Awards & Conferences

Keynotes & Plenaries

"A Not So Distant Future: The Implications of Open Education," McGraw Hill Ventures/Clickers Conference 2012, Chicago, October 2012 (keynote)

"Smarthistory at Khan Academy: Open Education In and Out of the Classroom," Aligning Vision with Practice, Mercy College, New York, October 2012 (keynote)

"Giving it Away: Lessons from Smarthistory and Open Education," Sloan-C International Conference: Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, Las Vegas, 2012 (plenary) 

Articles, Awards, Honors & Special Projects

Is Smarthistory the Art History Textbook of the Future? (Huffington Post)

Google Art Project, April 2012

2012 Award for Open Courseware Excellent (given by the Open Courseware Consortium)

Time Magazine 50 Best Websites of 2011 

Communication Arts magazine webpick of the week, April 23, 2010

Smarthistory won the coveted Webby Award for best education website, 2009. Called the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, the Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Vint Cerf, Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein. The semi-finalists were extraordinary and included the George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia, The Times of London, Merriam Webster, and the Exploratorium.

PC Magazine picks Smarthistory as one of the "Top 100 Websites of 2009"

Shortlisted for best educational use of video/visual in the 2009 Edublog awards

Flavorpill picks Smarthistory for its "Daily Dose" July 9, 2009

Smarthistory is among the International Association of Art Critics, Hong Kong, 2009 "Top 9"

Smarthistory and the Portland Art Museum receive a generous $38,000 partnership development grant in 2009 from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Very Short List Web April 2, 2009

Linksgiving.com Award, February 22, 2009

Kim Komando, Cool Site of the Day, February 5, 2009

AVICOM, the committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), responsible for audiovisual, image, sound and new technologies, honored Smarthistory with its highest award in the web catagory at its Annual Conference in Ottawa October 17, 2008. The competition was stiff—with entries from major museums around the world—but in the end, Smarthistory took the gold prize.

Smarthistory receives a generous $25,000 development grant in 2008 from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Smarthistory is a finalist for the Edublog award for best audiovisual blog 2006


Conferences & Workshops


"Media Tools for Conservators: Creating 'Conservation Conversations' for Public Audiences," American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artisitic Works, Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 8, 2012

"Tech Tools: Using Twitter, Tablets, Video and Podcasts to Engage and Educate," New York City Museum Educators Roundtable, March 27, 2012   

"Smarthistory Workshop," Mobility Shifts Conference, New School, October 2011

“Smarthistory.org: A Sustainable OER Model For The Humanities,” Open Ed 2010, Seventh Annual Open Education Conference (Open University of Catalonia, the Open University of the Netherlands, Brigham Young University), Barcelona, November 2010

“Open Conversations—Open Learning,” UMass Online Speaker Series, University of Massachusetts, Marlborough, October 2010

“Museums and Mobiles in the Age of Social Media,” participant in closed-door workshop, Tate Modern, London, September 2010

“Art Babble Builder Workshop,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, August 2010

“Smarthistory: A Multimedia Collaboration at the Portland Art Museum,” American Association of Museums conference on Technology, Interpretation, and Education, June 2010  

"Mobile Content Workshop" and "Educators, Curators and Docents: Creating Interpretive Resources Based on Conversation" Actionable Research session, Museums and the Web conference, Denver, April 2010 

“Smarthistory on Conversation, Evaluation, and Agile Development,” The Mobile Museum Workshops, Smithsonian Institution: CTO’s Best Practice Series, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, March 2010

“Immersive Media Workshop,” JumpStart New Media, Levin Institute, State University of New York and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, February 2010 

“The Uncertain Future of the Art History Textbook: Smarthistory and Current Trends in the UnitedStates,” Il Gusto dei problemi”: il manuale di Giulio CarloArgane l’insegnamento della storia dell’arte nella scuola di oggi e di domain,Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti di Storiadell'Arte (ANISA), Accademia Nazionale di San Luca,Rome, February 2010

"Portland Art Museum & Smarthistory media-based conversations," 37th annual Museum Computer Network (MCN) conference, Portland, November 2009 

“Whose Textbook Is It Anyway?: Smarthistory.org and Web 2.0,” College Art Association annual conference, Los Angeles, February 2009

“Smarthistory: Art History Conversation,” Conseil International desMusées, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, Québec, October 2008

Conference workshop: Teaching with Images: Tools and Resources, NewMedia Consortium, Summer Conference, Princeton University, 2008

Teaching and Learning in Four Dimensions,” conference organizer, Fashion Institute of Technology, 2008

“smARThistory: Technologies for Teaching with Images,” SUNY Technology Conference, Rochester, 2008

“Whose Technology Is It Anyway?,” SUNY Instructional Technology Conference, Genesee, 2008

“A Short History of smARThistory,” presentation to ARTstor, Mellon Foundation, 2007

“The University (As We Know It) Has No Future,” SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies, Plattsburgh, 2007

“Sidestepping the LMS Wars: Web 2.0 and the Future of eLearning,” SUNY Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference, Syracuse, 2006

“Hearing the Image: Podcasts Pictures Pedagogy,” New Media Consortium Conference on Personal Broadcasting, 2006

“Does Technology Imperil the Academy?,” and instructional podcasting workshop, SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies, Fedonia, 2006

“The Digital Image Library as a Social Learning Environment,” College Art Association annual conference, Boston, 2006

“Podcasting: Strategies for Teaching with Images,” SUNY Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference, Albany, 2005

Small Tools/Big Ideas: a conference on the discipline-specific technologies reshaping the practice of teaching art and art history,” conference organizers, funded by SUNY and sponsored by FIT, 23 speakers and moderators, 200 attendees representing 100 institutions including 20 SUNY campuses, Bard, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Columbia, Drew, Franklyn and Marshall, Marist, MIT, NYU, Penn State, Princeton, RISD, Rice, Skidmore, Tufts, UC Berkeley, Virginia Commonwealth, Wesleyan, Yale, and 7 sponsors, 2005

“Managing Image Collections for Teaching: Selection, Storage and Presentation” co-presenter and “Image Library as Learning Environment,” Conference on Instructional Technologies, SUNY, Binghamton, 2005

Beyond the Slide Library: Digital Media in the Art and Art History Classroom,” conference organizers and moderators, funded by SUNY and sponsored by FIT, 19 speakers and moderators, 200 attendees representing 100 institutions including 25 SUNY campuses, Bard, Bryn Mawr, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, Princeton, RISD, University of Virginia, Yale, ICP, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and 5 sponsors, 2004

“Using a Digital Image Database in the Classroom,” co-presenter, Conference on Instructional Technologies, SUNY: Stony Brook, 2004

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