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Join the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access staff to learn more about the Smithsonian Learning Lab at these events.

Upcoming Events

The Teacher Creativity Studios: Asian Pacific American (APA) Cultural Presence in the Classroom program series is a collaborative nationwide program designed to develop new instructional materials and content highlighting APA experiences in history, art, and culture. The programs' goals are not only to increase digital access to Smithsonian and Affiliate museums' collections, but also to empower teachers to integrate these APA resources into their teaching. This program series received federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Asian American Resource Center, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (Austin, TX)


  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle, WA)


  • Saturday, April 7, 2018 and Saturday, May 12, 2018
Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell National Historical Park (Lowell, MA)

Past Events

November 17, 2017
National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference 
Teaching World History with Authentic Digital Resources from the Smithsonian

October 3, 2017 
National History Day Webinar
Explore ‘Conflict and Compromise’ with the Smithsonian Learning Lab and EDSITEment (video archive)

October 2, 2017
2017 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference
Workshop 1: Smithsonian Learning Lab

September 28, 2017
Heinz History Center
Educator Open House

May 16, 2017
National Humanities Center
Using Museum Objects to Drive Inquiry with the Smithsonian Learning Lab (event recording)

May 4, 2017
InterpTech 2017
Your Park + Smithsonian = Digital Learning Collections for All!

May 2, 2017
Adobe Digital Government Symposium 2017
Discover, Create, Share with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 30, 2017
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
A Design Based Research Approach to Improving Professional Development and Teacher Knowledge: The Case of the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 28, 2017
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Promoting Historical Thinking: Lessons from Teachers' Use of the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 20, 2017
Museums and the Web
Discovering, Creating, and Sharing Digital Museum Resources: Understanding the Needs and Behaviors of Youth Users

April 4, 2017, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies
Inquiring Minds: Gathering and Evaluating Sources with the Smithsonian

April 1, 2017
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
A New Tool for Using Smithsonian Resources to Support Science in the Classroom

January 24, 2017
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
Discover Digital Museum Resources through the Smithsonian Learning Lab

December 3, 2016
National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Washington, D.C.
Inquiring Minds: Gathering and Evaluating Sources with the Smithsonian

November 8, 2016
Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference
Bring the Smithsonian to your Classroom

November 3, 2016
Museum Computer Network Conference
Primary Source Platforms Specifically for Teachers and Students?

September 21, 2016
Facebook Live Q&A with ASCD & the Smithsonian (video archive)

June 28, 2016
Bring Your Own Device Workshop: Digital Creation with Real Substance: Smithsonian Learning Lab

June 27, 2016 
Make and take your own digital collection with Smithsonian Learning Lab

June 11, 2016
Classroom 2.0 LIVE! Webinar
Discover, Create, and Share with Smithsonian Resources (archive)

May 26–27, 2016
American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting
Introduction to the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 14, 2016
Digital Collections in the K–12 Classroom: Connecting with Teachers and Students

April 7, 2016
Museums and the Web
Moving from Downloads to Uploads: Towards an understanding of the curricular implications of access to large scale digitized museum collections on the professional practice of K–12 classroom educators

April 5, 2016
Smithsonian Learning Lab: Towards Achieving Interoperability

Privacy, Transparency and Safeguards: Legal Aspects of a Personalized Learning Platform

April 2, 2016
ASCD Annual Conference
Making Teacher-Curated Collections in the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 2, 2016
Smithsonian People, Passion, Purpose
Discover. Create. Share.

March 9, 2016
Museums Give Teachers Control to Create (slides)

November 21, 2015
Exhibit Your Creativity: Make New Resources with the Smithsonian (slides)

November 14, 2015
Creating Teaching Collections with Museum Resources (slides)

November 6, 2015
Museum Computer Network
Museum Collections and the Personalization of Education (slides)