Advancing the Use of Digital Museum Assets and Tools in K-12 Classrooms

PI: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Subcontract: Mark Warschauer

Funder: Carnegie Corporation

Duration: 2015-2017

Project Description

The research team is coordinating an evaluation of how teachers and students are making use of online materials from the Smithsonian for educational or learning purposes. Activities include gathering and analyzing data from a variety of sources, including interviews and surveys with teachers and students, content analysis of digital sets that are created by teachers, think-aloud and simulated recall protocols to examine teacher and student reflections on material use, and analysis of server date that records access and use by teachers and students.

Project Objectives

  1. Identify strategies for making it easier to find teacher-created digital sets.
  2. Analyze the characteristics of teacher-created digital sets and how teachers use specific tools.
  3. Determine types of supports needed by teachers having different skills in curriculum development, access to and expertise with technology, and experience using museum resources.
  4. Document student experience using teacher-created digital sets.
  5. Disseminate findings from evaluation