Learning Tools and Interactives
Libraries and museums are creating new interactive experiences using the latest research about learning.
National Initiatives: WebWise
The WebWise Conference annually brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields interested in the future of highquality online content for inquiry and learning.
Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen learning tools and interactives (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)
Learning tools and interactives content on the IMLS Web site:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium offered expanded professional development programs for teachers through a teacher institute project, providing 450 teachers with new tools, skills, and support through 15 year-long, grade-appropriate teacher institutes over 3 years. Participating teachers were better able to engage and inspire students to develop a connection to their local environment and gain the basic ocean science and critical thinking skills necessary to be effective citizens and ocean stewards.
The Haines Borough Public Library and the Chilkoot Indian Association worked together on a project to share Native cultural knowledge and to offer basic literacy and technology programs to help the members of their rural, isolated community. The results: new energy and programs that empower residents with a solid foundation of traditional life skills to weather hard times, technical literacy for twenty-first century success, and mutual understanding and respect.
The Balboa Park Online Collaborative launched the Balboa Park Commons, a resource for educators featuring more than 20,000 digitized photographs and artifacts from seven cultural organizations in Balboa Park.
To expand its online collection to subject areas beyond local history, the Steen Library at Stephen F. Austin State University in East Texas worked with local teachers – and some in Mexico – to add Hispanic culture and world history resources.
Tennessee history abounds with major events. Thousands of documents, photographs, and other items are held throughout the state, but they had never been assembled in one place. Now, with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), researchers and librarians in Tennessee have created volunteervoices.org, a rich online collection of nearly 11,000 documents and photographs about life through the decades in the Volunteer State.