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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.

  • Distance Learning Resources

    Resources, training, and support to assist caregivers, teachers, and students as they face new learning challenges.


    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?

    Discover Resources
    Discover Collection
    Resources

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

    Discover
    Collections

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

    Discover
    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 authorative subject-relevant resources.


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

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    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

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    Professional Development & Events

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    Featured Upcoming Events

    Monday, May 17, 2021 4 PM, E

    Creating Collections: Digital Museum Resources and the Smithsonian Learning Lab

    Learn how to create and personalize collections of digital museum resources on the Smithsonian Learning Lab to support your teaching.

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 4 PM, ET
    Cultivating Learning: Art Meets Science
    Join Hirshhorn Museum educator Tiffany McGettigan for an active exploration of art meets science. We’ll explore techniques to help learners look closely, experiment creatively, and learn about science concepts through playful artmaking. Together, we’ll use materials from your junk drawer to create suspended sculptures inspired by the work of artist Eva Hesse. Participants will leave with ready-to-use activities and free online resources for learners in and out of the classroom.

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