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Global Thinking Across the Curriculum

By: Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Are you trying to prepare your students to succeed in our increasingly interconnected world? Looking for ideas and methods to help your students analyze real issues, understand and appreciate others’ perspectives, and take action? Check out the following interdisciplinary collections created by elementary to high school teachers to educate for global competence – defined as “the capacity and d…

Developing Global Competence in the World Language Classroom

By: Marcela Velikovsky and Vicky Masson2018 “Smithsonian Virtual Teacher Curricula Creation Fellows” with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, and Participants at the National Portrait Gallery "Learning to Look" Summer Institute. “People, Place, and Time: How Art Reflects Culture” Being Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Fellows was an enriching experience and a journey full of surprises and opportunities that has led to a long-term relationship.…

National History Day: Digital Resources for “Breaking Barriers”

By: Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Looking for resources to inspire and support students’ National History Day research? We’re here to help! Educators across the Smithsonian and other organizations, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment, have collaborated to gather primary and secondary sources to empower students’ success in researching this year’s theme, Breaking Barriers in History. Each collection of resource…

Smithsonian’s “Year of Music” Digital Resources for Early Learning

By: Ashley Naranjo, Manager of Educator Engagement, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital AccessThe Smithsonian named 2019 its Year of Music, with 365 days of events and programming to celebrate and its many musical resources.  Did you know that these combined musical resources constitute the world’s largest museum of music? To include young children and their families and caregivers in the celebration, the Learning Lab has produced four new collections of music resources in its Talk…

Teacher Feature: Undergraduates Use Museum Resources for Lesson Development

By: Ashley Naranjo, Manager of Educator Engagement, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Teacher Feature is a new series on promising practices in using digital museum resources in the classroom. Interested in contributing your approach? Send us a note! The Smithsonian Learning Lab team is always thrilled to hear about the many ways that educators and learners across the country are using the platform. Amy Trenkle, a long-time collaborator with the Smithsonian and 8…