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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.

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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.

  • What's New in the Lab for Winter 2024?

    Discover five of our newest teaching collections from educators across the Smithsonian! Use them to explore primary source analysis, civic participation, autobiography and literacy devices, habitats, and AI literacy with your students.


    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 the 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 authoritative 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 and Events

    Distance Learning with the Smithsonian

    Distance Learning Resources

    Upcoming Events

    Monday, February 26
    4:00–5:00 PM, ET

    Building Community with Murals

    Join artist Rafael López and National Postal Museum educator Maureen Leary to explore how to leverage mural-making to encourage self-expression and build community. You’ll leave with resources and strategies to explore murals as an art form and initiate your own mural projects with learners of all age

    Wednesday, March 27
    4:00–5:00 PM, ET

    Taking Civic Action with Zines

    Join Eden Cho of the National Museum of American History to explore how you can incorporate museum objects and art skills to civically engage your students! You’ll leave with resources and strategies to incorporate museum objects in your classroom, create zines, and encourage your students to engage in civic action.

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