The Smithsonian, like many of our institutions, is in a period of change. The Smithsonian now receives many more digital than in-person visits, a trend likely to continue. We are committed to understanding and serving the needs of our diverse digital visitors and enabling them to access and use our content wherever they are.
|Fig 1. Homepage of the Smithsonian Learning Lab.|
- Discover: Search from (and save for later) more than a million of the Smithsonian’s digital and digitized resources, including scientific specimens, artworks, historical artifacts, texts, as well as audio, video, lesson plans, activities, and more
- Create: Adapt museum-created or user-created learning activities or create new personalized collections using the wide variety of resources available, or ones they upload or link to from other non-Smithsonian sources
- Share: Share resources, collections, assignments, and quizzes with peers, colleagues, and students
|Fig 2. Three views of Tabanus conius Philip, from the entomology collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.|
|Fig 3. At left, a user generated 16 piece Learning Lab civics collection using images of Thanksgiving. At right, one of the components of that collection: a user-submitted Thomas Nast cartoon overlaid with user-generated quiz questions and highlights.|