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Brian Ausland

Director of Education & Research
One Learning Community
Language Arts And English, Social Studies, Career and Tech Ed

Brian works at One Learning Community as the Director of Education. As a former member of the core design and development team for the Smithsonian Learning Lab, he loves using and sharing this incredible platform, with large communities of educators through work with various State Education Agencies, districts, and national projects. Brian and his team hopes everyone has as much fun using this site as they did coordinating with Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access staff on its research, development, and support.

Brian Ausland's collections

 

STEM Learning Collections

<p>This is actually a collection ALMOST entirely made up of STEM Learning Collections. We will examine the first 7 resources just to get a sense of the types of resources contained within the Smithsonian Learning Lab, and share some potential STEM applications and adaptations for each as part of our discussion. Then you can explore and select from the remaining 20+ full collections to find those you'd like to copy for your own use. Happy STEM hunting!</p>
Brian Ausland
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Space Suit History Lesson and Design Challenge

<p>This Learning Collection was developed to guide students in exploring the evolution of space suit design as a lead-in to NASA's recent Space Suit Design challenge. This is also being used as an example to showcase some of the features Smithsonian has added to their Learning Lab to allow educators the tools necessary to use open Smithsonian resources along with external materials to create digital learning experiences. <br></p> <p><br></p>
Brian Ausland
18
 

“Exploring Connections: How Transcendentalism Influences American Culture Today”

<p>Note to Students: You are about to write an essay that asks you to think about connections between your own experiences and those described by the Transcendentalist authors we've studied in this unit. Before you start your essay, you'll embark on an "Exploring Connections" activity designed to help you think about how Transcendentalist ideas and principles still influence American culture today. You'll explore a series of contemporary "artifacts"--comic strips, songs, videos, and poems--and discuss the ways they seem to be influenced by (or connected to) Transcendentalist ideas, values, and beliefs.</p>
Brian Ausland
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3D-Printing and Scanning

A collection of 3D printing and scanning applications from the Smithsonian.
Brian Ausland
6
 

Collection of Art, Media, Design, and Entertainment Collections

<p>This collection was developed for the Arts, Media, and Entertainment 2017 Leadership Conference in California. Enjoy.</p>
Brian Ausland
18
 

Lord of the Flies - How and Why?

<p>A perspective on how and why savagery and disorder take over the boys in our story, and the warning author William Golding wanted to deliver through this tale to the rest of the world.</p>
Brian Ausland
8
 

California Parks Learning Activity

<p>This collection is for an activity with California State Parks leadership teams. Teams will use a somewhat random series of resources found within this Smithsonian collection to see if they can create an educational theme/context using at least 3-5 of the resources. #CalParks</p>
Brian Ausland
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Examining the Transcontinental Railroad - Nn

<p>Railroads started well before 1869, but it was not until that year that the nation was bound together by a commitment to build the first transcontinental system. On May 10, 1869, the driving of a golden spike, signaled the ceremonial end to a process that had been going on for 6 years of construction, engineering, and human toil. Two companies, one starting in Omaha, Nebraska and the other in Sacramento, California competed to lay track towards each other to join the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads. Their reward for each mile was government money and lots of it. By the time that they met at Promontory Summit, Utah, vast sums of money and untold human labor and sacrifice had been expended on this incredible technical endeavor. A single track united the continent's Wester and Eastern regions. Travel from East to West used to take months by wagon train, could now be measured in mere days. This collection utilizes Primary Source student review strategies from the Library of Congress' <a href="http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/guides.html" target="_blank">Primary Source Analysis Tools</a>. </p>
Brian Ausland
14
 

3D SI Objects

Some of the 3D objects from the Smithsonian's collections
Brian Ausland
5
 

President Lincoln: Casualty of War?

<p>In lessons in this issue of <em>Smithsonian in Your Classroom, </em>portraits of Lincoln introduce a study of the Civil War. An analysis of the portraits—including the famous “cracked-plate" photograph, two plaster “life masks," and an eyewitness drawing of Lincoln's arrival in the enemy capital of Richmond, Virginia—leads to an analysis of the times.</p> <p>Click on the PDF icons to download the issue and larger images of the portraits.</p>
Brian Ausland
16
 

My Race to Space Collection

<p>Take this collection, and make it your own by finding at least 5-10 more "space" objects and artifacts. </p>
Brian Ausland
6