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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…

Sharing My Love for Math: A Student's Perspective

By: Jade Lintott, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Intern, Summer 2016 and student at Sidwell Friends School. I love math. I have taught at Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) summer programs as a student counselor (I am beginning my senior year of high school this fall) and I have noticed that math is often the least emphasized part of the STEM program. While the rest of STEM seems applied, and hence "useful," people disconnect with math because it feels t…

Bringing the Smithsonian to Science Classrooms

By: Emily Apgar Interactive Media and Education Outreach Intern at the National Air and Space Museum, Summer 2016 Undergraduate in Life Sciences and Education, Grace College. Growing up just outside of D.C., my school years were filled with trips to the district to visit Smithsonian museums. One of my personal claims to fame is being able to say I've visited every Smithsonian museum in the area. I loved and still love the atmosphere that museums, especially the Smithsonian museums…

LGBT-inclusive Curricula: A Student's Perspective

By: Jade Lintott, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Intern, Summer 2016; and student at Sidwell Friends School. I am a rising high school senior at a private school and have been blessed with a wonderful education and school community within a diverse city and world. That diversity includes socio-economic status, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Yet my teachers and classmates often agree that there are major gaps in the materials our books provide that ne…