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Hello, you! Thank you for visiting the Smithsonian EdLab website to find out how you can change the way people learn. Whether you work in a classroom, museum, library, studio or park, you can turn education into action with our approach and resources. Pose your curriculum as a mission, challenge... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at EdLab
The Digital Toolkit got a facelift! Explore the new, streamlined design: What’s new? It’s easier on the eyes! ;) Start searching by process! The process categories are now on the left side so you can easily sort between steps like “Researching” or “Taking Action.” Where did the links go? We’ve... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at EdLab
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Recent graduate of the GW Museum Education Master’s Program (MEP) and former history and English teacher, Liz Fort, shares her thoughts on her week at the Smithsonian EdLab’s Teacher Workshop in July. I attended one of EdLab’s Mission: Possible teacher workshops this summer. This four-day workshop focused on exploring identity,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at EdLab
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Wow. What a great summer! We have been busy here are at EdLab with a final tally of 7 teacher workshops, 100 educators, 10 museum collaborators and 2 visiting Smithsonian Affiliate museum educators! So busy that we haven't had any time to post updates... Teamwork! This group of teachers is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at EdLab
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Not only is EdLab hosting 6 action-packed, edtech teacher workshops this summer, but we are also hosting two museum educators from the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) in McAllen, Texas! IMAS is a Smithsonian Affiliate that believes in taking its collections outside the museum by connecting to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at EdLab
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This week we partnered with the Smithsonian Gardens during our workshop. Our teachers investigated the Victory and Heirloom Gardens and the Medal of Honor Tree around the American History Museum. Check out this blog post by the Smithsonian Gardens about the workshop! Participants gather around the Medal of Honor Tree.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at EdLab
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Last Friday we held our first #mpossible—that’s mission possible—Twitter chat on mission-based learning. Together with a group of teachers, museum educators, and nonprofit organizations from around the country, we discussed: how to integrate real-world connections to subjects being explored, how to encourage risk-taking in learning communities, and how to assess... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at EdLab
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Teachers have taken over the EdLab!! Stay tuned for updates on our summer teacher workshop series: Mission Possible! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at EdLab
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Tuesday night wrapped up a year-long program dedicated to solving education problems and testing new media practices. Our Spring Education Innovators showcased their work to museum professionals, school teachers and technology specialists. It was a night of conversation, exploration and idea-sharing. Innovator Susan shares her practice on making and sharing... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at EdLab
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With summer right around the corner, we are wrapping up spring. We had two Impact workshops between March and April with great turn out. Our tagline and agenda for that workshop was "Do. Reflect. Apply." First, we had participants working in teams to solve a mini-mission connecting NPM themes to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at EdLab
Post by Classroom 2.0 participant Emily. Currently working on the details of the "Paul Revere - Ultimate Citizen" [working title] project launch. On May 18th, I'll be bringing 50 - 5th graders to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to check out their "New Americas Wing," specifically the Paul Revere... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at EdLab
Post by Sean, Classroom 2.0 participant. Last summer during the EdLab workshop, I was inspired to create a mission based on the lesser-known Civil War monuments of Washington, DC (General Winifred Scott, for example). I received a set of 12 trading cards from the National Parks Service that I laminated... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at EdLab
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Throughout the last few months you have seen updates from one of our Classroom 2.0 teachers, Perrine. She had her 8th graders reading the Hunger Games in English class. As a mission, they identified the causes of the dystopia in the book and found similar instances in their own communities.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at EdLab
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We have been busy here at EdLab! With so many guest posts by our amazing Classroom 2.0 teachers, there has been little time to update you all on what has been going on. We are currently half way through our teacher workshop series, finishing up the Implementation workshops two weeks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at EdLab
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Post by Perrine, Classroom 2.0 participant. Be the Change Mission Update Success! We will have the ear of the chairman of D.C. City Council, Kwame Brown, in a few weeks. He would like to come to us, so I may have my students invite the different people they interviewed to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at EdLab
Post by Perrine, Classroom 2.0 participant. Be the Change Mission Update Last week was full of passion, activity, and productivity. Students entered the production stage of their projects and were tasked with presenting a draft presentation using new media by the end of the week. Some groups splintered and came... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at EdLab
Post by Perrine, Classroom 2.0 participant. My 8th graders are on a roll. They have been calling NGOs, the police department, school principals around the city, government agencies, lawyers, judges....you name it, to turn over every stone to learn more about their topics. Last week, I taught them how to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at EdLab
Post by Christine, Classroom 2.0 participant. Boardwalk on the Bay Mission Update The fourth graders have wrapped up their culminating project on the Chesapeake Bay. A little over a month ago, the students assumed the roles of citizens of the imaginary town of Bayville found along the Chesapeake Bay. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at EdLab
Post by Perrine, Classroom 2.0 participant. This project is flying by and my students are flying along with it. Their draft digital projects are due next Friday and we're getting close to a big check in point. Last week, we finished our lengthy lessons on avoiding plagiarism and I taught... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at EdLab
Monet is a high school English teacher from DC participating in EdLab's Classroom 2.0 Project. Over the course of this school year, EdLab will be partnering with exceptional educators in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. These teachers will implement mission-based learning plans, originally created during the Summer 2011 workshops, with their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at EdLab
Post by Perrine, Classroom 2.0 participant. We’re in the third week of the project and this week’s focus is on learning in-text citations and interview skills. We spent the first week brainstorming possible issues to tackle in the city. After individual and group brainstorming using http://bubbl.us/ and chart paper and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at EdLab
Perrine is a middle school English teacher from DC participating in EdLab's Classroom 2.0 Project. Over the course of this school year, EdLab will be partnering with exceptional educators in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. These teachers will implement mission-based learning plans, originally created during the Summer 2011 workshops, with their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at EdLab
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Christine is an elementary school science teacher from Maryland participating in EdLab's Classroom 2.0 Project. Over the course of this school year, EdLab will be partnering with exceptional educators in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. These teachers will implement mission-based learning plans, originally created during the Summer 2011 workshops, with their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at EdLab
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The new year has just begun and EdLab is already starting the Spring with a bang! January 3rd we had a full day workshop with 40 Teacher Fellows from UNC Asheville. This group is visiting DC for the week to explore the different school systems and museum offerings in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at EdLab
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There really isn’t a better summary of the EdLab Fall programs than a cold winter’s day field trip to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewood, Maryland. Reason being? One of EdLab’s teacher-partners, and a multi-year participant in EdLab programs is bringing her students there in the spring! Christine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at EdLab