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Expand Your World: Learning from Alaska Natives

By: Dawn Biddison, Museum Specialist, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, Alaska office We invite you to explore the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska Learning Lab collections and find digital resources to learn and teach about Alaska Native cultures, arts, and languages. These resources provide unique opportunities to “hear” from Alaska Native Elders, artists, culture-bearers, and educators who worked with us. You can use these resources to: Visit with Alaska Nat...

Make Your Own Time Capsule

Make Your Own Time Capsule by National Postal Museum Time capsules are collections of objects that represent a moment in time. This moment could be a pivotal event in history, a personal reflection on your own life, or a combination of the two. But a time capsule isn't a mere snapshot. It’s a story for a future audience, even if that audience is simply yourself. The National Postal Museum recently worked with artist Bel Mills to create a video tutorial on how to make your own ti...

Connecting Ideas and Events from Past to Present

By: Ashley Naranjo, Smithsonian Office of the Undersecretary for Education NEW! Lifelong Learning Activity GuideSmithsonian in collaboration with USA TODAY presentYesterday, Today Andy Warhol must have had a crystal ball when he said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Did he anticipate that by 2020, smartphones and social media would prove him right? The evolutionary paths of the products we hold in our hands today or the trends that consume our li...

My Smithsonian Closet: Exploring Research Strategies

My Smithsonian Closet: Exploring Research Strategies by Alexa Griffith, Manager, Content+Curriculum, Cooper Hewitt, and Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access What is in your closet? If it’s anything like either of ours, your closet is a hodgepodge of clothing, objects, and mementos. Some of your items may be important for sentimental reasons, while others because they are practical and often-used. Perhaps other things in your ...

Mini Exhibit, Big Stories

Mini Exhibit, Big Stories by Kim Robledo-Diga, Deputy Director of Education, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design  Museum exhibitions might not be open near you, but the beginnings of “mini exhibits” exist all around you— let’s discover them together.  Cooper Hewitt created the Mini Exhibit Learning Lab to remind you that everyone curates, from what you choose to wear to the favorite objects you display on a shelf. By curating or selecting and organizing their collec...