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Developing Global Competence in the World Language Classroom

Developing Global Competence in the World Language Classroom By: Marcela Velikovsky and Vicky Masson2018 “Smithsonian Virtual Teacher Curricula Creation Fellows” with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, and Participants at the National Portrait Gallery "Learning to Look" Summer Institute. “People, Place, and Time: How Art Reflects Culture” Being Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Fellows was an enriching experience ...

National History Day: Digital Resources for “Breaking Barriers”

National History Day: Digital Resources for “Breaking Barriers” By: Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Looking for resources to inspire and support students’ National History Day research? We’re here to help! Educators across the Smithsonian and other organizations, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment, have collaborated to gather primary and secondary sources to empower students’ su...

Smithsonian’s “Year of Music” Digital Resources for Early Learning

Smithsonian’s “Year of Music” Digital Resources for Early Learning By: Ashley Naranjo, Manager of Educator Engagement, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital AccessThe Smithsonian named 2019 its Year of Music, with 365 days of events and programming to celebrate and its many musical resources.  Did you know that these combined musical resources constitute the world’s largest museum of music? To include young children and their famili...

Teacher Feature: Undergraduates Use Museum Resources for Lesson Development

Teacher Feature: Undergraduates Use Museum Resources for Lesson Development By: Ashley Naranjo, Manager of Educator Engagement, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Teacher Feature is a new series on promising practices in using digital museum resources in the classroom. Interested in contributing your approach? Send us a note! The Smithsonian Learning Lab team is always thrilled to hear about the many ways that educators and learners across the...

Going Beyond Stereotypes: Mexican Indigenous Dress and Musical Instruments

Going Beyond Stereotypes: Mexican Indigenous Dress and Musical Instruments By: Lisa Falk, Head of Community Engagement, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona The Smithsonian’s Learning Lab collections are rich resources that can bring the world into your classroom. The collections can be used to unpack stereotypes. Use the Learning Lab to introduce your students to some real Mexican indigenous costume traditions by asking them, “What would Frida Kahlo wear?” A...