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2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year from the Learning Lab team here in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access! We are so inspired by the thoughtful and creative ways in which you, and the other 20,000 registered users of the Lab have mixed and mashed the resources of the 19 museums, 9 research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo, that make up the Smithsonian.

We hope, in the year to come, that you will continue to find the resources and the tools of the Lab useful and will share your feedback with us, as this is how we evolve and grow the site (as we have done since the beginning).

If your inbox this time of year has filled up like ours have, you may have missed the last few Bright Ideas emails in which we shared some of the popular resources, collections, and searches from the past twelve months. (Or maybe you are not a registered user?–no worries, you can register by clicking "Sign Up" in the upper right hand corner of this screen, or sign up for the Bright Ideas newsletter here).

Your Favorite Favorites

Do you have a lot of Smithsonian favorites? We sure do! You can access yours by clicking on the Sunburst menu in the upper right corner of this page and clicking "Favorites."

(Learn more about how to get started on the Lab here.)

Here are some of 2017's most-favorited resources.

Top Collections of 2017

These are the year’s top collections selected based on what were the “most viewed” and the most “favorited.” Experts here at the Smithsonian created some of these, while Learning Lab users like you created others. They span a variety of subjects and grade levels, with helpful descriptions and guidance for classroom use. Use them with students or as models for your own collections!

History and Culture
Click each collection to open it and learn more.

Science and Nature
Click each collection to open it and learn more.

Art and Design
Click each collection to open it and learn more.

Click each collection to open it and learn more.

Have you made a lot of Learning Lab Collections? You can access yours here or see the more than 3,000 available to copy and modify.

(Learn more about how to create and modify collections here.)

Top Searches

In 2017, more than 92,000 unique searches were performed, everything from accordion to Zuni Pueblo.

These are the searches conducted most frequently by you!

  1. Flight
  2. Music
  3. Math
  4. Animals
  5. Civil Rights
  6. Immigration
  7. Civil War

We know that sometimes searches result in thousands of objects, artworks, specimens, and more, way more than you might need. For tips on helping you and your students' searches become more successful, check out Search Tips for Learning Lab Resources.

Calender (detail). by Takeshi Nishijima

Image: Calender (detail). by Takeshi Nishijima
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum