Skip to Content

Updates

Case Study: Using Tools and Inquiry Questions to Compare/Contrast

By: Tess Porter, Educational Technician, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access In this post, I'd like to share an example of how I used a set of inquiry questions and tools – text, hotspots, and quizzes – to create a guided student activity that is investigative, interactive, and ready to assign straight to your students. The collection I'll profile is one that I had the privilege of working on in collaboration with the Education Department at the Freer Gallery of Art and …

Smithsonian Learning Lab at ISTE: Conference Recap

Just two weeks ago, members of the Smithsonian Learning Lab team headed off to Denver for the annual ISTE conference, along with 16,000 other educators from around the world. Every conversation I had with teachers got me more and more excited about the potential of the Smithsonian Learning Lab and its use in classrooms across the country. Many of the teachers that I spoke with were looking forward to using the Smithsonian Learning Lab because of its flexibility for teaching a variety of s…

Creating with the Learning Lab

By: Kate Harris, Learning Lab Coordinator, Pittsburgh, PA Teacher Tom Gray was not content just using artifacts from the Smithsonian Learning Lab to illustrate historical concepts or to practice analyzing visuals (although he found creative ways to do that with Civil War images). Instead, he wanted to see what students could make themselves using the fascinating resources within the Lab. Inspired by a collection made by Linda Muller that asked "John Brown: Madman or Martyr?" and hopin…

Partnering Reading with Museum Resources

By Michelle Knovic Smith, Associate Director for Media, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Museum-going and reading may seem like two very different ways to learn about the world. One is about looking at and "taking-in" ideas and concepts in the company of other people. The other is the solitary processing of words on the page. However, digital media is bringing these two experiences much closer together than ever before – and the combination of these experiences is a wond…

"Written in Bone" Resources Arrive to the Learning Lab

By: Katie Barca, Data Management Specialist, Smithsonian Skeletal Biology Program The Skeletal Biology Program at the National Museum of Natural History is pleased to partner with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access to bring 120 new resources to the Learning Lab! As a Pittsburgh native, I'm especially excited to be connecting teachers and students in Allegheny County with the current research generated by our lab. Led by forensic anthropologist Dr. Douglas …