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We're looking for talented, enthusiastic people to join our team in beautiful Balboa Park.

We have one new job opening at BPOC:

Administrative Assistant

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It comes with great excitement that I can announce the publication of the newest video from the Balboa Park Online Collaborative video department. The Balboa Park Learning Institute Customer Service video comes after having filmed, interviewed, and gathered footage since October 2013. The Learning Institute reached out to us in the summer of 2013 to document a project they were undertaking in the fall.  This marked the beginning of a fun and exciting new collaboration between BPLI and the BPOC video department.

The initiative, in conjunction with the launch of the Balboa Park Explorer and in preparation for the 2015 Centennial, is the result of a grant that the Balboa Park Learning Institute received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to implement a collaborative learning professional development program. 33 representatives from 17 Balboa Park institutions worked with experts from the field and one another to develop a Park-Wide strategy for creating consistent, excellent visitor experiences and a related customer service training.

It’s not always easy to produce videos...

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In January we were fortunate enough to have a student from High Tech High join us for a 3 week, full-time internship that helps students acquire workplace skills in a real-world environment! Sean Jarrell-Hurtado, a junior at High Tech High, created the amazing video for the Japanese Friendship Garden's Haiku Hunt App., which launched in January and is now available for download in the Google Play Store. We asked him to write about his experience working at BPOC and to hear what it was like to develop the video from the pre-production stages through final edit and publication.

I started here as an intern at BPOC in early January from High Tech High Media arts in Point Loma. My school integrates an internship program into the yearly curriculum for all 11th graders to give students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to become a professional, as well as understand what it means to be in a real world workplace. Utilizing High Tech High’s project-based learning curriculum I was given the task of coordinating a project with my mentor, Andrew Mandinach of BPOC, that would help me develop these...

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As the cherry blossom trees in the Japanese Friendship Garden start their annual bloom, they bring with them another exciting addition to the garden…The official launch of the Haiku Hunt Mobile App, which is now available for download in the Google Play Store, for Android.

In an intimate celebration at the garden, that included green tea and mini cupcakes adorned with cherry blossom decorations, Luanne Kanzawa, the Executive Director of the Japanese Friendship Garden, and Vivian Kung Haga, Director and CEO of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative spoke about the vision and realization of this unique app.  Two years in the making, from concept to completion, this project, which utilizes a new solar version of a location based wi-fi chip, called Place Sticker, developed by Information Services International-Dentsu LTD, Tokyo, Japan (ISID), is the result of a partnership with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan, and the ...

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February has seen a lot of preparation for upcoming collaborations, including scheduling workshops with BPLI, an invitation to the first annual Digital Initiatives Symposium at the University of San Diego with the Air and Space Museu, Mingei International, and the Museum of Man. 

See the latest news from BPOC in our February report.



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