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...
Just like last summer, we challenged our teachers to solve missions in teams using museum collections as a springboard for bigger ideas. With such open-ended challenges, the participants needed to focus on how they wanted to solve the mission, then select the right tools for the job. EdLab provides a safe space to test out different technology tools and even though the teachers had to create a product each day in the workshop, we focused on the process. These are the tools teachers used this summer to solve missions:
Day 4 of the workshop was dedicated to creating a mission! Each teacher applied what they experienced Day 1-3 solving missions to the content they teach in the classroom. What project could you turn into a mission?
We had an additional challenge this summer of spaces. Our normal workshop space at the Postal Museum is under construction, so every week we had to relocated. This meant a lot of planning and packing light, but it also gave us the opportunity to host workshops in many different museums. Our wonderful partners opened their collections and spaces to us, and really inspired our teachers!
Want to see what else happened this summer? Check out our Flickr collection!