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GeoConvos: Imagining the Future

Place, identity, and interactive reflection.



Noun A set of activities to support reflecting on learning that involve location and movement (geo) and discussion or conversation (convos).

Our long-term goals:

We are developing, exploring, designing, and piloting innovative methods and tools to investigate the following questions:

  • How can we identify these meaningful and engaging touchpoints for learning across our lives?
  • How do young people’s experiences in youth programs continue with them and influence their learning pathways and the choices they make across their lives

Our team:

  • Ilana Bruton, Chicago History Museum
  • Ani Schmidt, Chicago History Museum
  • Nathan Phillips, UIC College of Education
  • Simeko Washington, UIC College of Education
  • Shawndra Allen, UIC College of Education
  • David Bild, Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Michelle Rabkin, Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Our goals for this round of funding:

  • Pilot GeoConvos with CAS/PNNM to investigate the impact of CAS/PNNM teen programming
  • Develop and pilot a GeoConvos badge
  • Create a GeoConvos facilitator toolkit to share with Hive organizations


Lead Organization:
University of Illinois at Chicago | College of Education

Partner Organizations:
Chicago History Museum , Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum ,

Project Goal:
Our project is about supporting young people in understanding themselves as learners who are developing identities and making connections day to day to the things they are learning at home, at school, and in out of school programs. The project is also about creating practices for Hive organizations to better understand teens within their organizations and to answer questions such as the following: How can we identify learners' engaging and meaningful touch-points? How do teens' experiences in museums, for example, continue with them and influence the choices they make across their lives?

Project Tags:
2016 Round 1 RFP

Project Portfolio

  • documentation

    GeoConvos Blog

    Follow along with the Geoconvos team as we explore connections between place, identity, and history and develop tools for understanding youth learning pathways in Chicago. Find out more about GeoConvos  here, and be sure to check out Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #geoconvos for our most up-to-date progress.

  • sample works

    Putting GeoConvos into Practice

    Hear from one of the adult team members, Ilana, as she experiences providing snapshots of her day in her first Geoconvo.

  • documentation

    From Here to There: Embodied Conversations with Teens

    Find out how the project got started through the Glimmer Hive grant in 2015 “From Here to There: Embodied Conversations with Teens”.