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Welcome to the

Smithsonian Learning Lab!

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

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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

    Tuesday, August 21 at 6PM ET

    Getting to Know You: Icebreaker Ideas with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

    Join Darren Milligan and Ashley Naranjo from the Smithsonian Learning Lab team for an introduction on how to use digital museum resources as a springboard for getting to know your students this school year. Three practical, teacher-tested ideas will be shared during this free online webinar.

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA) (register) (download flyer)

    Online Office Hours, Tuesdays at 4PM, ET

    Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    Office Hours

    with Darren Milligan, Project Director, Smithsonian Learning Lab

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    Office Hours

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

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Office Hours

    with Darren Milligan, Project Director, Smithsonian Learning Lab

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Office Hours

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

    Recent Events

    May 23, 2018

    Using Digital Resources to Integrate Asian Pacific American Experiences in the Classroom

    Join Smithsonian Affiliate museums and the Smithsonian Learning Lab team to discover free digital resources and strategies to integrate Asian Pacific American history, culture, and the arts into your K-12 classroom.

    Create a Free Smithsonian Learning Lab Account