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New Smithsonian Chief Eyes Ed Tech

eSchool News article describes Secretary G. Wayne Clough's education technology plans for the Smithsonian, which include a series of ongoing online conferences produced by LearningTimes. This first online conference will focus on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
Excerpts from the eSchool News article: 

"Former Georgia Tech president aims to lead the Smithsonian museum complex into 'a new era' of outreach and education."

Clough’s goal is to digitally photograph or scan each object and publish it online, accompanied by curatorial content from Smithsonian experts.

Another example of how the Smithsonian will use technology to broaden its reach is a series of free online education conferences that will launch Feb. 4 in cooperation with LearningTimes LLC.

This first online conference will focus on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln through live presentations, moderated forums, and demonstrations of resource materials.

In addition, an online exhibit hall will allow educators to experience virtually what Washington, D.C., area teachers have experienced for years at the Smithsonian’s annual education expo, known as Smithsonian Teachers’ Night. In the virtual exhibit hall, educators will learn more about the Smithsonian’s classroom-ready online resources.

Registration for the conferences is free and open to everyone. All of the conference sessions will be recorded and archived, and they can be replayed at any time via the web.

"As with the Lincoln conference, each conference in the series will have a single theme or topic explored through the lens of several different disciplines by Smithsonian curators," said Stephanie Norby, director of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies. "With just a computer and access to the internet, participants can get a behind-the-scenes look into the Smithsonian’s collections of artifacts, artworks, and documents from the perspectives of history, science, and art."

Read the full article on eSchool News.



January 28, 2009  |   LearningTimes Press Coverage

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