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News Releases

March 17, 2020
Smithsonian Offers Distance-Learning Resources During School Closures
Online Resources Include Activities Tied to National Learning Standards and Support for Teachers and Parents
The Smithsonian will offer new distance-learning resources to support teachers and students facing unprecedented learning challenges in the midst of nationwide school closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The resources, which focus on pre-K-12 education, include tailored lesson plans tied to national learning standards and added support for educators and parents.

May 2, 2019
Smithsonian Learning Lab Named Best Education Website in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards
Smithsonian’s Learning Lab Tops the List For International Awards Honoring the Best of the Internet
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access has announced that its Smithsonian Learning Lab ( was named the Best Education Website in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the internet.

May 26, 2017
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Wins Gold MUSE Award for Smithsonian Learning Lab
2 Million Digital Resources and Tools Now Available for Teachers and Students
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access won the Gold MUSE Award in the education and outreach category at the 2017 American Alliance of Museums annual meeting in St. Louis. The award recognizes the center's Smithsonian Learning Lab, which offers access to 2 million Smithsonian digital resources and tools that enable teachers and students to use those resources for learning...

March 29, 2017
Smithsonian and Lenovo Collaborate To Advance STEAM Learning
Partnership Fosters Education Using Online Smithsonian Learning Lab
The Smithsonian announced today its joint effort with Lenovo to foster STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning in school and after-school programs using the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a free online toolkit to find, customize and share digital museum resources with others. Lenovo is a leading provider of innovative consumer, commercial and enterprise technology...

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…

News Articles

February 4, 2020
The Smithsonian Learning Lab: Free Digital Museum Resources for Your Classroom

June 5, 2019
Education Dive
3 ways educators can dig deeper in lessons on historical conflicts

May 30, 2019
Remake Learning
Pittsburgh-Area Teachers Tap into Smithsonian Resources

May 29, 2019
Colombia aprende: La red del conocimiento
Top 5 de los portales educativos que son tendencia a nivel mundial

March 4, 2019
Smithsonian Learning Lab: scopri, crea, condividi oggetti didattici

March 3, 2019
Free Tech for Teachers
Getting Started With the Smithsonian Learning Lab

September 4, 2018
American Libraries
The Power of Primary Sources

June 20, 2018
School Library Journal
Free Primary Sources To Engage Students

June 4, 2018
American Alliance of Museums
What It Takes to Engage Teachers with Digital Museum Resources: Five Lessons Learned

December 12, 2017
National Portrait Gallery Face to Face
Teacher Creativity Flourishes with Digitized Portraiture

July 13, 2017
Modern Homeschool Family
5 Free or Low Cost Homeschooling Resources

June 28, 2017
Inside Higher Ed
Digital Field Trip
Smithsonian Institution partnership provides students opportunity to learn from museum system's expansive online collections

June 7, 2017
School Library Journal
Smithsonian and Lenovo Partner on K–12 STEAM Initiative

June 1, 2017
eSchool News
4 ways to tie summer reading to the real world

May 23, 2017
Teach digital curation with depth

April 6, 2017
Association of Texas Professional Educators
Six Exciting Education Tools from SXSWedu

April 3, 2017
The News & Observer, Raleigh
Art-making robots help make science fun for Raleigh students

March 29, 2017
Tech & Learning
Smithsonian and Lenovo Offer Free STEAM Activities

March 29, 2017
T.H.E. Journal
Smithsonian and Lenovo Collaborate to Advance STEAM Learning

February 28, 2017
T.H.E. Journal
Smithsonian and National Art Education Assoc. Partner on Teaching With Digital Resources

January 27, 2017
History Tech
It's a podcast! Darren, Ashley, and the incredible Smithsonian Learning Lab

January 27, 2017
Free Technology for Teachers
5 Good Elementary School Activities from the Smithsonian

January 19, 2017
Education Matters from Georgia Public Broadcasting
We're All Digital Curators, We Just Don't Know It Yet

January 16, 2017
eSchool News
App of the Week: Play with Smithsonian resources

December 28, 2016
Tech & Learning
Smithsonian Learning Lab Wins 2016 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence

December 21, 2016
Common Sense Education
Smithsonian Learning Lab Among Best EdTech of 2016

December 6, 2016
School Library Journal
Smithsonian Learning Lab Named Top 10 Tech of 2016

November 15, 2016 
PSEA Voice
Shaler teacher digitally links with Smithsonian

November 9, 2016 
Which Edtech Companies Are Producing the Best Research-Based Products?

September 6, 2016 
School Library Journal
Great Tech Tools for Back to School

August 29, 2016 
Smithsonian Learning Lab: Designing for the Classroom

July 9, 2016
Free Technology for Teachers
Collect, Customize, and Share Resources from Smithsonian Learning Labs

July 7, 2016 
EdTech Times
The Best and Worst of EdTech Swag Spotted at ISTE 2016

June 28, 2016
Tech & Learning Live at ISTE 2016
Video Interview with Darren Milligan, Smithsonian Learning Lab project director

June 27, 2016
Education Dive
Smithsonian Learning Lab launches after 5 years in development

June 24, 2016
Education Week
Smithsonian Launches Online Learning Lab for Teachers

June 20, 2016
THE Journal
Smithsonian Launches Learning Lab to Create, Share Resource Collections

June 15, 2016
Smithsonian Magazine
Something Super Cool Just Turned Up in Your Digital Toolbox

June 15, 2016
Shaler Area teacher helps to test Smithsonian online lab for schools

April 6, 2016
Build your own exhibit in Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 5, 2016
School Library Journal
Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

March 21, 2016
Engage Their Minds
SXSWEdu 2016 - Smithsonian Learning Lab

March 15, 2016
Education Dive
8 pieces of ed tech news to note from SXSWedu 2016

February 24, 2016
Discover, Mashup, and Share Smithsonian Collections – for Free

December 3, 2015
Smithsonian Releases 1.35 Million Resource 'Learning Lab'

November 6, 2015
eSchool News
Smithsonian will study digital learning practices

November 5, 2015
THE Journal
Smithsonian Learning Lab Receives Grant To Study Use of Digital Learning Resources

Product Reviews

August 2018 
Common Sense Education
Smithsonian Learning Lab
"The flexible design makes the Learning Lab excellent for learning. The ability to search, annotate, share, & remix resources opens the door for creative use in almost every classrooms."

August 29, 2018
Philanthropy News Digest
Smithsonian Learning Lab
"easy for visitors to create customized collections of and educational experiences based on Smithsonian assets, and to share those collections and experiences with others"

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."

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
Education World
Smithsonian Learning Lab, A fantastic toolkit for teachers
"A fascinating and extensive new resource for the modern classroom."


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