Over the past two years, the education system across the country has been challenged by volatile changes, ranging from classroom learning to distance and online learning, and even hybrid approaches due to the Covid-19 caution and responsiveness. In the midst of these ongoing changes, educators have redefined the ways in which they engage with their students, and many have turned to museums and other community organizations for support to better understand how our collections, educational resources and skills can be used creatively for their students.
For the community of more than 300 Smithsonian Museums educators, our traditional Modus operandi has unveiled a new level of contingency. We re-imagined how to share with our visitors a huge library of works of art, works of art, samples and content to meet their learning and learning needs.
As teachers and students return to school and museums in search of a “new normal”, below are some practices from the past two years that I know we will keep.
Connect with students – wherever they are
At the beginning of the epidemic, our team faced the challenge of helping students learn from home with the help of their teachers and caregivers. Since classroom teachers have switched from this, “How do I engage students in the classroom?” “How do I study from home?” Our team “How do we hire people to museums?” “Where are the people? How do we meet them?”
Going there means deliberate change in how we fulfill our mission and serve our students. We’ve taken our role in a community learning ecosystem by heart and launched an online program to provide ongoing educational and technical support for the effective use of learning labs – a free portal that provides digital access to a huge collection of learning resources, and new templates and teaching methods for teachers. Tools to support a range. We have partnered with national and local organizations to provide educational resources that support their growing needs.
As the return of both classroom and museum visits is upon us, we will continue to be responsive to the needs of schools and students across the country, wherever we learn.
The way we present information as educators during epidemics has also shifted. Teachers rush to find high-quality digital content in a vast sea of resources. They have turned into podcasts, videos, interactive games and other media. By experimenting with new types of content, educators have changed their own curation process.