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What Are Museums For?

This week, I attended a farewell “staff meeting" for G. Wayne Clough who is retiring this month. I was reminded of this quotation from Dr. Clough, the Smithsonian's 12th Secretary, at the occasion of the launch of the Learning Registry (a project we will talk about in greater detail on this site later): We have ambitious plans to use new technologies to reach new audiences. … We have much to offer students and teachers in ...

Smithsonian Quests and the Learning Lab

Just two weeks ago, I had the exciting opportunity to visit two schools that had completed Smithsonian Quest digital badges in the Midwest region of the United States. Smithsonian Quests are project-based learning experiences that highlight Smithsonian collections, research, and experts so that students can explore their own interests, build skills, and try out new roles, such as a historian or a scientist. This was such a uniq...

Smithsonian Quests and the Learning Lab

A second phase of investigation was conducted during the formative research phase of the project in 2012. Following the literature review, in order to gain insight into the current trends in digital learning, an environmental scan was conducted to inform development of the Learning Lab. A list of 32 websites for review was developed to provide a broad spectrum of sites to which K–12 teachers are exposed and which are attracting pa...

What We Have Learned So Far: Environmental Scan (Part 2)

This is part 2 (read part 1 here) of a post summarizing the second phase of investigation that was conducted during the formative research phase of the project in 2012. Following the literature review, in order to gain insight into the current trends in digital learning, an environmental scan was conducted to inform development of the Learning Lab. A list of 32 websites for review was developed to provide a broad spectrum of sites ...

It Has Begun! Project Kickoff Meeting, Nov 12–14

The Smithsonian team is excited to announce that the building of the Learning Lab has begun. We had two great teams in Washington this past week: Navigation North Navigation North was one of the teams that the Smithsonian worked with in 2012 to conduct the formative research and iterative prototyping that lead us to where we are today. We are very relieved to have them ...