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Smithsonian Education News - Back to School 2014 Issue
Smithsonian Science How? Smithsonian Teachers' Night
Live Webcasts
Smithsonian Science How?

Bring a Smithsonian scientist into your classroom through live, interactive webcasts. In upcoming programs, students will meet a paleontologist, an anthropologist, and an ornithologist.

Find it all here.
Event Cancellation
Smithsonian Teachers' Night

Smithsonian Teachers’ Night will not be held in 2014. We are cancelling this year’s event as we conduct a thorough review of the Teachers’ Night program. This fall, we will be sending out a survey to solicit your ideas and suggestions for this program and other educational offerings from the Smithsonian.

For general questions or comments, please contact us at
Smithsonian Transcription Center Smithsonian on Social Media
Become a Digital Volunteer
Smithsonian Transcription Center

Did you know that you and your students can help the Smithsonian make our collections more accessible? Digital volunteers from around the world are transcribing historic documents to facilitate research and improve the usefulness and discoverability of our objects. Your students can engage deeply with primary source materials and together discover the secrets hidden deep inside them that illuminate our history and our world.

Learn more and start transcribing.
Connect with Us
Smithsonian on Social Media

You can connect, chat, and hang out with Smithsonian Education (or your favorite Smithsonian museum, library, archive, or research center) on a wide variety of social network platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Edmodo, and more.

Visit the links above to find programs designed for you, or see a full list of all the ways to participate with the Smithsonian through social networking.

Find it all here.
Washington D.C. Resources and Events
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History National Museum of the American Indian Innovation Festival
Free School Programs
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History

The museum's new teen center offers one-of-a-kind science learning experiences for grades 6–12. Teachers can choose from six curriculum-relevant programs offered for school groups on weekday mornings.

Register for a school program.
Guided School Tours
National Museum of the American Indian

Students become immersed in American Indian cultures in interactive museum tours led by knowledgeable "Cultural Interpreters."

Find out more and preregister.
Inaugural Year!
Innovation Festival

On November 1–2 explore the accomplishments of American inventors and the spirit of innovation. Exhibits, crafts, talks, and performances will showcase ingenuity at the Smithsonian and across America.

Learn more.
Imaginations Activity Center Tattoo Universe Slick Fish Anatomy!
Field Trips
Imaginations Activity Center at the National Museum of the American Indian

A new activity center at the National Museum of the American Indian offers interactive exhibits for young people. School groups (K–6) may enter on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm.

Reserve your entry.
Art + Science Workshops
Tattoo Universe

During this series of seven workshops, teens explore tattoos through the lenses of anthropology and art, investigating tattooing in other cultures and their own. Workshops are on Tuesdays from 4–7pm, September 9–October 14, 2014, in Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History.

Get the details.
Workshop for Students
Slick Fish Anatomy!

Thursday, September 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Artist and educator Jay Coleman leads participants in a S.T.E.A.M.-based workshop learning anatomical terms and then a hands-on shark dissection. Reservations are required by September 12. Recommended for grades 3 and up. All materials are provided.

Register now.
Workshops at the National Portrait Gallery Discovery Theater Smithsonian Gardens Student Programs
Professional Development
Workshops at the National Portrait Gallery

Join gallery staff for teacher workshops throughout the academic year. Portraiture helps students connect to history as well as art.

Learn more.
A Season of Celebration
Discovery Theater

The Smithsonian’s theater for young audiences celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exciting season of performances.

View the calendar.
Field Trips
Smithsonian Gardens Student Programs

Smithsonian Gardens announces three new student programs for the 2014–15 school year: “Let’s Move” (pre-K–5), “Garbage to Gardens” (4–8), and “Career Day” (9–12). The museum gardens transform into a living classroom!

Learn more or register.
Online Resources and Events
Black Odyssey Remixes Ocean Portal Seriously Amazing
Educational App
Black Odyssey Remixes

Create your own collage based on the incredible works of American artist Romare Bearden (1911-88). With this socially engaging app, you can remix works from Bearden’s original series to create your own work of art, express your personal journey, and share on Tumblr.

Learn more and download for free for iPad.
Online Ocean Resource
Ocean Portal

Are you looking for ocean resources to use in the classroom? The Smithsonian's Ocean Portal website provides scientifically accurate information and multimedia on ocean species, ecosystems, and conservation issues. Check out the Educators' Corner for a searchable database of ocean lesson plans and activities from a variety of sources.

Explore the Ocean Portal.
Interactive Website
"Seriously Amazing"

The Smithsonian’s “Seriously Amazing” brings questions and answers to life. It’s a perfect way for teachers to introduce the Smithsonian to students of all ages.

Learn more.
Online Conferences on YouTube How Things Fly Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities Through Language
Extensive Archive
Online Conferences on YouTube

More than 100 hours of online conference archives are now easily accessible to you and your students on the Smithsonian Education YouTube channel. Explore topics ranging from Abraham Lincoln to climate change as Smithsonian experts and educators share all the Smithsonian has to offer.

Learn more.
Online Resources
How Things Fly

What makes an airplane fly? How does a spacecraft stay in orbit? Find out at How Things Fly, an online exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum. Students can design a paper airplane or engineer a rocket.

Give the site a test fly.
Educational Booklet
Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities Through Language

Through this exhibition booklet, you will see how this extraordinary scholar expanded his research to trace the common threads of language to their origins through the cultural and oral traditions that transcended geography and circumstance.

Download now (PDF).
Online Diary of Adam Francis Plummer Smithsonian Libraries on iTunesU Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects
Historical Diary
Online Diary of Adam Francis Plummer

This website presents the diary of Adam Francis Plummer, a former slave, in a digital format with a transcription of the diary, images and descriptions of the other materials in the Plummer-Arnold Family Collection, essays, a glossary of terms, and educational resources for teachers.

Explore the diary.
Online Courses
Smithsonian Libraries on iTunesU

The Smithsonian Libraries recently launched seven free courses related to history and aviation, designed for grades 6–12. Look for “Smithsonian Libraries” in the Beyond Campus section of iTunesU.

Learn more.
Online Courses
Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects

Based on the new C3 Framework for Social Studies, this course offers practical ideas on using museum resources in the high school classroom. The course runs October 7–November 18.

Learn more and register for the course.
Smithsonian Fan Forums Postal Museum’s collectED Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement
Voice Your Opinion
Smithsonian Fan Forum

The Smithsonian Fan Forum lets you weigh in on upcoming exhibition titles, programming, and even new logos and websites.

Join the forum today.
Google+ Educator Community
Postal Museum’s collectED

Join the “collectED community” to discover how to connect your classroom to the collections of the National Postal Museum.

Join the group.
Environmental Project
Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement

Explore the history and struggle to have a clean river by examining rivers in diverse cities, and learn possible solutions for restoring our rivers back to pristine waterways.

Learn more (PDF).
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