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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

The 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 with Me Toolkit series. Designed to support conversations that encourage musical potential in young c…

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…

Going Beyond Stereotypes: Mexican Indigenous Dress and Musical Instruments

By: Lisa Falk, Head of Community Engagement, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona The Smithsonian’s Learning Lab collections are rich resources that can bring the world into your classroom. The collections can be used to unpack stereotypes. Use the Learning Lab to introduce your students to some real Mexican indigenous costume traditions by asking them, “What would Frida Kahlo wear?” And then delve into why. This questioning helps students reflect on how stereotypes are developed and ho…

Teacher Feature: Ms. Kelly’s Second-Grade Social Studies Unit on Communities

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! By: Ashley Naranjo, Manager of Educator Engagement, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access  Projected at the front of Meghan Kelly’s second-grade classroom in Avonworth, Pennsylvania, select artworks from the Smithsonian serve as an introduction to a deep discussion about rural, urban and suburban communiti…