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The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access created the Smithsonian Learning Lab to inspire the discovery and creative use of its rich digital materials, including millions of images, recordings, and texts. 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.
During the 2018-2019 school year, teacher teams from ten districts in the Greater Pittsburgh region collaborated with museum educators from the Smithsonian and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, as well as education leaders integrating Harvard University Project Zero ideas, to learn how to apply research-based approaches to the use of museum collections in the classroom. Through reflective professional practice, including fellowships, in-person workshops and museum events, teachers created model digital teaching collections that demonstrate how to use these approaches with students at the elementary level. This culminating event will showcase the work of the teachers and spotlight promising practices in the collaborations between classroom teachers and museums.
This program was generously supported by the Grable Foundation.