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Solar Wall, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Smithsonian Learning Lab!

Support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources and tools for making them your own.

The Eclipse, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Welcome to the

Smithsonian Learning Lab!

Teach effectively by creating your own interactive learning experiences—or adopt exemplars made by teachers and Smithsonian experts.

  • Everything Under the Sun*

    *Well...maybe not everything... but the Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world's largest museum, education, and research complex within reach. The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning.


    What will you find in Smithsonian Learning Lab?

    Resources

    Millions of Smithsonian digital images, recordings, texts, and videos in history, art and culture, and the sciences

    Collections

    Thousands of examples of resources organized and structured for teaching and learning by educators and subject experts

    Resources

    Millions of Smithsonian digital images, recordings, texts, and videos in history, art and culture, and the sciences

    Collections

    Thousands of examples of resources organized and structured for teaching and learning by educators and subject experts


    Who uses the Learning Lab?

    In short... it's people like you. We created the Learning Lab so anyone can quickly discover and adapt authoritative subject-relevant resources.


    Create collections of resources to engage learners, or freely adapt ones already made by Learning Lab users like you.


    Use Learning Lab tools to customize and enhance your collections.

    Copy a Collection

    Adapt exemplars to personalize them for your learners.

    Upload

    Upload aids and resources you already use and value.

    Annotations and Hotspots

    Make a collection student-friendly, with information, focus, and interactivity.

    Quizzes and Assignments

    Build in guidance and supports for students.


    Grow your skills and stay connected with the
    Learning Lab Community

    Grow your skills and stay connected with the Learning Lab Community

    News and Teaching Tips



    Professional Development and Events

    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Smithsonian Learning Lab Teacher Workshop
    Cleveland History Center (Cleveland, OH) (register) (download flyer)

    Online Office Hours, Tuesdays at 4PM, ET

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Office Hours

    with Ashley Naranjo, Manager of Educator Engagement, Smithsonian Learning Lab

    Recent Events

    October 24, 2018

    Introducing STEM Concepts to Young Children

    Webinar archive: earn how to bring concepts, such as sound, wind, color and more, to life for young children by using museum collections in a gallery or online. The presenters demonstrate “careful looking” at works of art and playful, creative methods for connecting the works with STEM concepts.

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