May 16, 2016 2016-05-16
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—more than a million images, recordings, and texts. From the Discovery space shuttle to the “Star Spangled Banner” to dinosaur fossils, the Learning Lab gives everyone with a desire to learn the opportunity to explore the Smithsonian’s rich resources anytime, anywhere. It’s easy to find something of interest because search results display pictures rather than lists. The digital materials are also easy to personalize. Users can add their own notes and tags, incorporate discussion questions, and save and share. 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.