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O Say Can You See? Smithsonian’s blog. (And other stuff. Lots and lots of other stuff)

Have you ever had one of those days / weeks / months? I feel ya.

Back in the day, summer was one of the slower times of the year at ESSDACK mission control. But over the last few years, for a variety of reasons, June through the end of August has become a very exciting time. Lots of extended learning opportunities that we facilitate, travel to places outside member school districts, and our own very cool Podstock tech conference.

But I’ve been missing History Tech. It’s nice to be back. And what better way to get back home than to talk up one of my favorite online places.

I love the Smithsonian.Between the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian, it’s a tossup for my ultimate dream job.

There’s is just so much Smithsonian cool stuff. Millions and millions of artifacts and tons of online resources designed just for you. You could literally be digging through their goodness for days: lesson plans, blog posts, primary sources, artifacts. And that’s a good thing. Summer is a great time to dig deep into resources and strategies during your personal professional learning.

So today? A quick list of four non-negotiable Smithsonian places you need to bookmark.

Start with the O Say Can You See blog from the National Museum of American History. You’re going to find a wide variety of posts and resources that will help build both your content knowledge as well as instructional strategies. Be sure to use the dropdown category menu along the right side to help narrow down your search. The Teaching and Learning category is especially useful.

I’ve talked about the incredible Learning Lab before. Get the full report here, complete with highlights, videos, and my podcast with Ashley and Darren – Learning Lab boss and chief ed liaison. Short version? Two million artifacts with the ability for you and students to create personalized and shareable digital collections. If you haven’t checked it out, do that now. Seriously. Drop the frying pan. Put away the golf clubs. It’s that good.

The History Explorer has a searchable lesson plans / artifacts / primary sources / interactives database that let you access thousands of ready to use . . . well, lesson plans, artifacts, primary sources, and interactives.

A project of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.

And don’t forget to head over to the Smithsonian Connect page to get signed up for their handy newsletter and social media feeds.

(Extra bonus coverage. Read all my posts on Smithsonian goodies.)

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Glenn is a curriculum and tech integration specialist, speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and social studies. He delivers engaging professional learning across the country with a focus on consulting, presentations, and keynotes. Find out more about Glenn and how you might learn together by going to his Speaking and Consulting page.

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