Smithsonian Online Education Conferences

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Teachers, looking for a way to expand the walls of your classroom? Students, looking for a way to connect with Smithsonian experts and other classrooms around the world?

Inaugural Crowd

With a wide range of topics, the 2013-14 Smithsonian Online Education Conference Series provides an online space for students to engage with Smithsonian experts–from historians, art educators, scientists, anthropologists and more—and make connections from textbooks to today’s world.

In each online conference in the series, you will join with students and teachers to interact with curators, researchers, and educators from various disciplines at the Smithsonian. Special sessions will be dedicated to teachers in a “virtual teachers’ lounge” to highlight Smithsonian learning resources related to conference topics and offer an opportunity to discuss them with fellow teachers. And be sure to check out the Resources page for other activities and learning opportunities, including the Smithsonian Quests™ program, for use before, during and after the conference sessions.

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Are you interested in helping your students become better environmental stewards? Tony Thomas of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum presents a Citizen Scientist program that motivates Washington, DC area high school students to take an active role in protecting their watershed. Tony will be joined by some of his teenage participants who will share how the program has impacted their lives.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 – 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm EDT

Discover how you can empower students to accept ownership and responsibility for the waterways in your region. 




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ProgramAccess all live Smithsonian Online Education Series events from the Program page.

About the Presenters

PresentersLearn about the Smithsonian Online Education Series presenters on the Presenters page.

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Earn a Digital Badge:
Motivate and reward your students as they explore their interests! With Smithsonian Quests™, students earn digital badges as they discover all the Smithsonian has to offer, from art to zoology, from underwater to outer space, from current problems to future solutions. The interdisciplinary content aligns with many Common Core standards, including the use of digital media in learning.

Participants in the Smithsonian Online Education Series can earn digital badges for their involvement. The more you elect to participate the more you can earn.

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Keep the dialogue going — or start it! Join in on any discussion, or start a new topic. You can also start a discussion related to any presentation by clicking the “Discuss” button on that session’s page. We’ll see you there!

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Tech CheckTech Check:
Test your computer’s readiness for the live online sessions. This special configuration area checks your connection to the virtual classroom platform used for the real-time events — and it helps you test your audio. Try it now!

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We will be posting all online series recordings for you to tune in at any time to revisit the archives.

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