Museums

Teaching Opinion Response: Classroom Walls Can Be 'Museums of Learning'
Ron Berger, Oman Frame, Martha Caldwell, Valentina Gonzalez, Julie Jee, Michael Sivert and Stacey Shubitz contribute their responses to the question: How can we use class walls most effectively?
Larry Ferlazzo, December 16, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion Design Thinking, City as Classroom, Museum as Home Base
Tom recently visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum School that's rooted in design thinking and place-based education. Here's a look at the school and how they're using their XQ Super School grant to extend their vision for high-quality, community as a classroom learning opportunities for more students.
Tom Vander Ark, November 19, 2018
4 min read
Middle school teachers (from left) Clarissa Martinez, Raphael Tomkin, and Ian Weissman take field notes on an exhibit during a training program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Middle school teachers (from left) Clarissa Martinez, Raphael Tomkin, and Ian Weissman take field notes on an exhibit during a training program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Sarah D. Sparks/Education Week
School & District Management Museums Are Dabbling in Teacher Training, and the Results Are Promising
A New York City effort aimed at preparing teachers to take learning outside the classroom and into the community may be leading to improvements in science achievement and teacher retention, according to some study results.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 1, 2018
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Student Well-Being Opinion 'Mysteries at the Museum' Offers Engaging History Lessons
It's amazing where ideas come from when it comes to be creative as a teacher. As I'm watching this program and writing this post, I've had a million other ideas of how I could differentiate this one idea for the particular students in my class. If my goal is to get students engaged with story telling and doing research about their personal history and tying that personal history to larger history, then by providing choice and voice, I'd hope the students would strengthen valuable skills while learning new content.
Starr Sackstein, January 22, 2017
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Sixth grader Omari Sterling, left, and his teacher Gabrielle Randall of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) DC’s Northeast Academy visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington.
Sixth grader Omari Sterling, left, and his teacher Gabrielle Randall of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) DC’s Northeast Academy visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington.
Greg Kahn for Education Week
Equity & Diversity African-American History Museum Gears Up for School Visits
Official school tours don't start at the national museum until 2017, but classes are already flocking to the museum and tapping its resources.
Madeline Will, November 1, 2016
5 min read
Standards Video: New STEM Teachers Learn at the Museum
As part of a special report on ways to support new teachers, the Ed Week video team examined a program for first- and second-year science educators held at San Francisco's hallowed Exploratorium.
Liana Loewus, October 7, 2016
1 min read
Social Studies Students Help Holocaust Museum 'Citizen History' Project Dig Up Local News
Students and teachers are searching through local newspaper archives to discover how American newspapers reported on Nazi Germany.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, April 21, 2016
3 min read
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art takes snapchats -- text or emoji overlays on images -- of works in its collection. The snapchat on the left shows an annotated version of the 1652 oil painting “The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence” by Salomon de Bray. The one on the right depicts the bronze sculpture “The Shade” by Auguste Rodin.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art takes snapchats -- text or emoji overlays on images -- of works in its collection. The snapchat on the left shows an annotated version of the 1652 oil painting “The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence” by Salomon de Bray. The one on the right depicts the bronze sculpture “The Shade” by Auguste Rodin.
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Executive Skills & Strategy Art Museum Woos Younger Generation Via Snapchat, Instagram
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is generating a huge online following of young people through its irreverent use of social networking tools.
Leo Doran, April 15, 2016
2 min read
School & District Management Civil Rights Museum on Wheels Rolls From New York to Tampa, Fla., District
The "Destination Diversity" tour, part of a digital civil rights course being taken by students in two districts hundreds of miles apart, is making stops in Washington, Greensboro, N.C., Atlanta, and Tampa.
Denisa R. Superville, April 7, 2016
6 min read
Teaching Opinion Virtual Expeditions Highlight Culture, Nature, and Museums
Money, time, buses--all the reasons that field trips are being cut. But virtual expeditions can bypass all of these constraints.
December 10, 2015
6 min read
Science Air and Space Museum's Student 'Explainers' Program Gets a Boost
A program at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in which trained high school and college students lead demonstrations and hands-on activities about flight is expanding and going online.
Liana Loewus, September 29, 2015
1 min read
Teaching 'Flipped Museum' Pilot Upends Traditional Field Trip Model
The North Carolina Museum of Art is applying the "flipped classroom" model, in an effort to better engage students.
Sara Gilgore, July 27, 2015
4 min read
Jasmine Capili and Cesar Viallsenor try to figure out an Exploratorium exhibit on sound waves while their classmate, Stephanie Posadas Torres, listens at the end of a glass tube in the background. All three 6th grade students are from Vallejo, Calif.
Jasmine Capili and Cesar Viallsenor try to figure out an Exploratorium exhibit on sound waves while their classmate, Stephanie Posadas Torres, listens at the end of a glass tube in the background. All three 6th grade students are from Vallejo, Calif.
Lillian Mongeau for The Hechinger Report
Curriculum With 'Local Control' Funds, Calif. District Buys Field Trips
New funding rules that put school spending decisions in the hands of local communities have spurred a renewed interest in field trips for students in Vallejo, Calif.
Lillian Mongeau, May 28, 2015
9 min read
Curriculum Prominent Art Galleries Release Complete Digitized Collection
The Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington have released their entire digitized collection, including hi-resolution images of more than 40,000 objects in the museums' Asian art collections.
Jordan Moeny, January 8, 2015
1 min read