Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Gemma Cantlow

Gemma Cantlow is a Fellow at the Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology and a PhD student at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, UK. She is working on a collaborative PhD project entitled “The Secret Lives of Digital Museum Resources and Collections: Teaching Practice and Interactions with the Smithsonian's Learning Lab”, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has been learning from educational practitioners across the Smithsonian and school settings to find out about their experiences of using the Learning Lab platform - exploring how user-centered digital design, tools, and content can help educators use museum objects and learning resources in their practice. Her experience includes both online and face-to-face teaching and freelance creative workshop facilitation in museums and galleries. 

Activating the Learning Potential of Digitized Museum Objects with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

How can digital tools help educators to foster meaningful learning experiences with museum objects? How can museum- and school-based practices inform each other? What role can technology play in this process?