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Smithsonian Goes Digital for Teachers

December 11, 2015
We’ve come a long way since 1900, when the Smithsonian used to distribute “school sets” of resources in print. Fast forward to today’s digital world: the Smithsonian decided to rethink how to make its resources accessible to teachers. The 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo pooled their (now) digital materials, and as a result the Smithsonian now has more than two thousand items (and more than a million multimedia resources) available in its digital learning database, the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Best of all, like the museums themselves, all the materials are free. It’s a...

Learning more than just coding during Computer Science Education Week

December 09, 2015
The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time for hot chocolate, carols - and, of course, Computer Science Education Week! Since 2013, schools around the world have spent the first full week in December bringing computer science into the classroom, and this week, the tradition continues. How are schools and teachers celebrating? For Bruce Chappell, a geometry teacher in Carroll County, Maryland, CS Education Week was an opportunity to get his students thinking outside the textbook. Chappell brought his entire class to a special programming workshop led by the school’s media...

What Can Tech Do for Your District?

December 04, 2015
What can tech do in your school? That’s the question that Jodi Alt and Leah Nelson, along with their fellow teachers at Huegel Elementary School in Madison, WI, have been answering this year. This is Madison’s first year of a one-to-one device program, and Alt, Nelson and the other tech-savvy teachers at Huegel have hit the ground running. In Alt’s fifth-grade classroom, pop quizzes are greeted with excitement thanks to Kahoot, a game-based learning tool that looks a little like a game show. A big screen in Alt’s classroom displays multiple-choice questions, along with real-time information...

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