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Learning Tools and Interactives

Libraries and museums are creating new interactive experiences using the latest research about learning.

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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.

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Learning tools and interactives content on the IMLS Web site:
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project


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. Read More

 
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Building an Online Commons for Balboa Park


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. Read More

 
Curriculum Development Team teacher Alisa Ripley poses with her 4th grade art class.
March 2010: In East Texas, the TIDES Bring Digital Resources to Students


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. Read More

 
Volunteer Voices: Tennessee’s Rich History Is Collected Online
November 2009: Volunteer Voices: Tennessee’s Rich History Is Collected Online


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. Read More

 
Children participate in PlayWorks™ at the Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 2009: PlayWorks™ Provides Whole-family Learning In a Child-friendly Environment


Children feed alphabet letters to a talking baby dragon, drive a New York City fire truck, paint on a six-foot art wall, and crawl through a challenge course in PlayWorks™ at the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) in New York. Read More