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Smithsonian Learning Lab Brings the World to NCCP Classrooms

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

As a part of our focus on integrating technology, students and teachers will have access to amazing resources from the Smithsonian museums this year. Jenny Lanas (cultural literacy 11) and McCall Goughneour (cultural literacy 10) were some of the first teachers to be selected as a team to work with the Smithsonian Learning Lab! The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning. By encouraging users to create and share personalized collections of Smithsonian assets and user-generated resources, the Learning Lab aspires to build a global community of learners who are passionate about adding to and bringing to light new knowledge, ideas, and insight. The Learning Lab infuses real-world experiences into learning to build lasting knowledge and critical skills that take learners from simply finding resources to thoughtful selection, organization, and creation of new resources.

This opportunity involves using digital historical documents and archives from the Heinz History Center and learning how to integrate then into our cultural literacy program. McCall has used two collections thus far to further her student's learning: an Art reflecting Life collection used in Cultural Literacy and the Development of Technology collection: focus on social community for her Digital Media elective. Both use images and artifacts with links to videos, discussions and primary sources to have students dig deeper into learning objectives for each specific class. The Smithsonian Learning Lab can be used by anyone who wants to create an interactive atmosphere with students involving historical digital documents and artifacts.