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Search Tips for Learning Lab Resources

By: Tess Porter, Educational Technician, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Want to expand your resource searching skills in the Learning Lab? These search tips might help! Narrow Your Search Search terms should include KEY words or short phrases Try to avoid using terms such as: of, in, during, with, by, the, collection, object, item, image, culture, people, antique, history, etc. For quilt collections, use quilt For Cherokee culture items, use Cherokee F…

Teacher Case Study: Incorporating Art into Your Lessons

By: Ann Campbell, Social Studies teacher at University High School in Irvine, California and the "Teaching the Humanities through Art" Summer Institute at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Summer 2016 Participant I recently had the good fortune of attending the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) Summer Institute for Teachers and I have to say the experience far exceeded my expectations. Phoebe Hillemann and her colleagues presented one of the best professional development pr…

Teacher Case Study: Finding Math in Art

By: Rachel Slezak, High School teacher at The Howard Gardner School in Alexandria, Virginia and "Learning to Look" Summer Institute at the National Portrait Gallery Summer 2016 participant My name is Rachel Slezak, and I am mainly a high school math teacher, although I teach a few other things, too! This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the "Learning to Look" Summer Institute at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). Initially I attended the institute for the museum educat…

Case Study: Using the Learning Lab for Warm-Up Activities

By: Kate Harris, Learning Lab Coordinator, Pittsburgh, PA The Learning Lab can be a useful and flexible resource to use when creating anticipatory sets that pique student interest, get them focused on content and skills quickly, and even challenge them to look at a topic in a new light. In this post, I'll highlight examples of collections created for a range of audiences and subject areas, all with the goal of igniting curiosity about the learning ahead. Effective warm-up activi…

Top Ten New Features in the Learning Lab

Since we started to develop the Learning Lab back in 2013, we have worked with teachers, students, and other educators from all over the U.S. to better understand how you want to use Smithsonian digital resources. Since our beta launch last October through to our public launch last month, this work has continued. We are always listening to your feedback and adjusting the site to better serve your needs. Did you know that, in fact, every two weeks, we launch a new version of the Lear…