Updates

Students Get Their Hands on the Prototype

For a couple of days in early October, researchers from SCLDA travelled to California to work with our collaborators, Navigation North, and two schools in Chico, California to better understand how young folks (these were 6th graders), especially those in a classroom, might access and use the digital assets of the Smithsonian. We had a great time, learned a lot, and are very thankful to the principals, teachers, and students who off...

Sampling and Remixing

Something I have been thinking about, in terms of cultural heritage, and the kinds of things we take care of here at the Smithsonian, and how they might become more useful to you, is sampling. DJ and Producer Mark Ronson talks about music in terms of a “post sampling era:" We live in a post sampling era. We take the things that we love and we build upon them. That's just how it goes. When we add something significant and origi...

Who Is Our Audience: SmithsonianEducation.org

One of the foundational questions asked that led to the development of the Learning Lab was: who are we serving now? Who is our audience? Beginning in 2009 and running continuously for 2 years, a user satisfaction survey (using the American Customer Satisfaction Index) was conducted on the Smithsonian’s primary website for teachers, SmithsonianEducation.org. The study was originally intended to highlight areas of improvement t...

What We Have Learned So Far: The Digital Learning Resources Project

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) (formerly the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, and even more formerly the Smithsonian Office of Primary and Secondary Education) focuses on making the Smithsonian more accessible to teachers and their students. In the past this was done primarily through professional development and publishing. For 35 years, the office published, printed, and mailed t...

What Is the Smithsonian Learning Lab?

The Smithsonian Learning Lab project is the result of a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian's 19 museums, nine major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning. It is a big dream, an aspiration to make these resources more accessible and more useful to teachers, students, parents, and anyone on a lifelong quest to learn more. It hopes to deliver the Smiths...