Updates

An Australian Teacher's Perspectives on the Learning Lab​

My name is Dr Kathy Mackey and I am a Vice Principal with the Queensland Academies in Australia. I have been working with the SCLDA team as part of my Fellowship this spring. The Queensland Academies are a group of three senior high schools that offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. The Fellowship has allowed me to consider the potentials of the Learning Lab in relation to the broader suite of educational pr...

Let’s Talk about Discoverability​

Melissa Wadman and I were on the road again last month, but this time around we visited Atlanta to talk to attendees at the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting about the strategies that we have taken to improve the discoverability of Smithsonian-authored learning resources. That's right, we were talking about metadata. You know, that “structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it eas...

Building Simple Tools to Enhance Student Learning

So far on the Learning Lab blog, we have shared some ideas for teaching collections you could create by aggregating or sequencing a variety of resources from collection objects, video interviews with Smithsonian experts, magazine articles, and more. Another feature of the Learning Lab, its simple tools, will enhance the ways students and teachers interact with these digitized museum objects in ways that make individualized sense ...

Student Data: Privacy, Transparency, and Data Protections for Youth Users

Recently, SCLDA hosted the 2015 State Teachers of the Year for a day of behind-the-scenes “show and tell" at the Smithsonian, during which we introduced the Learning Lab and had informal discussions about what America's best teachers expected from Smithsonian digital resources. At my table, one teacher's eyes lit up when I asked her how she and her English language arts students might benefit. “Well, this will be a resource that I can trust," she ...

Presenting Our Research (at Museums and the Web 2015)

My colleague and conspirator, Melissa Wadman, and I were in Chicago last week at the annual Museums and the Web Conference. We presented our peer-reviewed paper, From Physical to Digital, Recent Research into the Discovery, Analysis, and Use of Museums Resources by Teachers and Students (slides available here). The paper shares the results of five independent, yet progressional, studies (those that led to the development of the Le...