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Strategies to Engage Young Children with Museum Objects and Artworks

Strategies to Engage Young Children with Museum Objects and Artworks By Meredith Osborne, Museum and Early Learning Specialist, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center and Brooke Shoemaker, Museum and Early Learning Specialist, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center As early learning and museum education specialists at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, we believe in the value of using museum objects (including artifacts, artwork, specimens, etc.) to e...

Triumph & Tragedy” Digital Resources for National History Day

“Triumph & Tragedy” Digital Resources for National History Day By: Joe Phelan, Division of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities and Tess Porter, Education Support Specialist, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access If you mentor student projects, you know the challenges of helping students brainstorm exciting and relevant topics for which they will find authoritative supporting resources. To make this task easier, the Smithsonian Learning Lab and ...

First-Generation College and Career Readiness: A Link to Visual Literacy Skill Development

First-Generation College and Career Readiness: A Link to Visual Literacy Skill Development By: Le’Passion Darby, Instructional Designer for Tech & Tour.   While there is materiality to campus artifacts, they interface with campus constituents in interpretative ways to produce multiple meanings, and these artifacts can be photographed for discussions of campus culture. Dr. James Banning, Professor Emeritus, School of Education, Colorado State University ...

Austin's Asian American Pacific Islander Roots

Austin's Asian American Pacific Islander Roots By: Hanna Huang, Culture & Arts Education Coordinator and Acting Supervisor of the City of Austin Asian American Resource Center When the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) in Austin, Texas, embarked on the project of hosting a Smithsonian Learning Lab Teacher Creativity Studio, I knew we would be working on a solid foundation. For the nearly five years the AARC has been open, our education team has been working to define Asian...

What It Takes to Engage Teachers with Digital Museum Resources: Five Lessons Learned

What It Takes to Engage Teachers with Digital Museum Resources: Five Lessons Learned By: Michelle Knovic Smith, Associate Director, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access  Wherever you are on the journey to digitize museum collections, there are questions to address regarding who will use these millions of digital assets, and how. Teachers and their students seem to be obvious audiences, but what does it really take to be accessible, relevant, and useful to th...