Updates

Smithsonian Learning Lab Update: June 2, 2022

By: Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology We’ve been hard at work building new features and fixes to enhance your experience using the Smithsonian Learning Lab, and we’re excited to share our latest updates with you! Today, you’ll find a few new features and improvements: Social Justice Standards, new Screen Tips, and Collections and hotspot improvements. Find information about these features and other updates below. Don’t forget – our Help Center is here to suppo...

How Comic Art Can Empower Students to Share Their Stories

By: Hannah Griffith, Communications Intern, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center As an educator, how many times have you seen a new, innovative teaching resource and thought to yourself, “I wish we had that when I was a kid!” The new Smithsonian Learning Lab collection, Chickaloonies: Intergenerational Creativity and Learning through Indigenous Comic Art, is exactly that kind of resource. This intersectional teaching tool engages students in creating comic art supported by visual...

Smithsonian Learning Lab Update: April 12, 2022

By: Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology We’ve been hard at work building new features and fixes to enhance your experience using the Smithsonian Learning Lab, and we are excited to share our latest updates with you! Today, you’ll find a few new features and improvements to support Lab discoverability and use: Alt text, collection keywords, a new Copy collection button, a hotspot improvement, and a new search view. You can find more information about these features and...

Women Innovators: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

By: Ashleigh Coren and Chanelle Pickens, Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative NEW! Lifelong Learning Activity Guide Smithsonian in collaboration with the USA TODAY Network present We Built This: How Women Innovators Shaped the World “We are only beginning; so do not try to put us down, but help us to climb higher.” - Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte (Omaha) There is little doubt that the contributions of women and girls play an important role in creativity ...

Introducing the Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology

By: Darren Milligan, Acting Director, Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology The Smithsonian established the Smithsonian Office of Education in 1976 to serve public education by bringing Smithsonian collections and expertise into the nation's classrooms. It has published educational materials for more than 40 years and provided one access point to Smithsonian educational resources. In 2016, the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (as the Office of Education wa...