Get the latest news and information about the Smithsonian Learning Lab through the links below, which will direct you to recent news releases, articles and downloadable background documents and images. Journalists, reporters and bloggers looking for more information can contact Michelle Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 633-5326.
- Smithsonian Learning Lab Fact Sheet (pdf)
- Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Access Fact Sheet (pdf)
- Bio of Stephanie Norby, Director (pdf)
- Smithsonian Learning Lab Teacher Data Sheet (pdf)
February 27, 2017
Smithsonian and the National Art Education Association Partner on Teaching With Smithsonian Digital Resources
Three-Year Agreement Uses Smithsonian Learning Lab as a Platform To Combine Smithsonian Content With Art Educators' Expertise
The Smithsonian and the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators, announced a three-year agreement to work collaboratively on educator professional development and to support teacher creation of model curriculum...
January 12, 2017
New Report Demonstrates Value of Digital Museum Resources
Research Suggests Ways Smithsonian Learning Lab Can Achieve Educational Goals
"Integrating Authentic Digital Resources in Support of Deep, Meaningful Learning," a white paper prepared for the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access by Interactive Educational Systems Design Inc., reveals instructional strategies and elements educators can use to develop students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The white paper explores the integration of digital museum resources with research-based educational approaches in K–12 classrooms to prepare students for college and life after graduation...
June 20, 2016
Smithsonian Releases Learning Lab for Everyone To Discover and Use Digital Museum Resources
Website Offers Tools for Creativity, Personalization and Publishing and Will Evolve With Its Users
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access today debuts the Smithsonian Learning Lab, an engaging online toolkit that enables everyone to find, customize and share digital museum resources with others. The Learning Lab offers free digital access to more than a million diverse resources from across the Smithsonian along with simple-to-use tools to organize, augment and personalize these assets....
April 27, 2016
Smithsonian Hosts 56 Teachers of the Year to Inspire Learning With Digital Museum Resources
Smithsonian and Council of Chief State School Officers Celebrate 10-Year Collaboration
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access will host the State Teachers of the Year May 2 for a day of professional learning focused on using digital museum resources with students in creative and innovative ways. These exemplary teachers represent the best in the profession in each state, U.S. extra-state territories, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity...
November 4, 2015
Smithsonian Awarded Carnegie Grant To Advance Digital Learning Practices
Funding Supports Research on Digitized Museum Resources in K–12 Education
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund a two-year research project. Findings from the study will be used to enhance the Smithsonian Learning Lab, which is launching in public beta this fall, and to advance digital teaching and learning strategies throughout the education field…
January 10, 2017
New Learning Times
The Smithsonian's Digital Platform has Over a Million Learning Opportunities
"a great way to introduce students and adults to the opportunities available in the museum."
Smithsonian Learning Lab
"This thoughtfully crafted, open-ended curation and creation tool has a place in most classrooms."
August 17, 2016
CTREX: Children's Technology Review Exchange
Smithsonian Learning Lab
"As you might expect from the Smithsonian, this database is great for science."
August 8, 2016
Smithsonian Learning Lab, A fantastic toolkit for teachers
"A fascinating and extensive new resource for the modern classroom."
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