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 area. For the workshop, we had half of the group explored literacy in the 21st century, while the others delved into citizenry.
Jeff giving the Teaching Fellows an orientation to the Smithsonian museums at the Castle.
The student teachers represent a variety of grade levels and subject areas, but they were able to work together to make thoughtful connections between Smithsonian objects and content, real world issues and events, and their own lives.
The Teaching Fellows hard at work solving their missions.
At the end of the day, we were presented with a polleverywhere poll the participants had created that asked "What was your favorite part of the Smithsonian Institution EdLab today?". Here are some great answers:
Thank you for all the ideas and resources. This session has been inspiring and informative. As well as encouraging to know the wealth of resources available to us to reach out and engage our students. Thank you!
This was an AMAZING experience. I love the philosophy of EdLab.
I really enjoyed making connection with artifacts and current events and themes that effect our daily life.
My favorite part of this workshop was discovering all of the possibilities teachers have to use technology in their classroom.
I love the inspiration to use technology as a way to make a positive difference in the world :)