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Eyes Wide Open: A proof of concept for sustaining the conversation around books

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What if a book continued to resonate for its readers in a tangible way long after the pages were closed? What if books inspired, not just individual–but collective and collaborative response, creative expression, participation, action? What if communities formed around books? What if an author’s webspace inspired true dialogue and interaction? And how can librarians, [...]

Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian

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Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer, even when you are not around to guide them? If you have any contact with your students or parents, or if you have some kids of your own, consider sharing the Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program as [...]

Digging dinosaurs digitally

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I can see so many young scientists getting very excited about this. I can picture a new type of digital eureka as archeologists on their digs check their cell phones to identify or verify a newly discovered artifact. The University of Michigan’s Online Showcase of 3-D Fossil Remains is a collection 20 years in the [...]

Globalizing and Googlizing Science Fair

It’s your turn to change the world. It’s about time we remixed science fair for a networked, flattened, participatory world. Think of all those experiments year after year that lived for a few fleeting moments on a gym or cafeteria table, summarized on a cardboard tri-fold, only to be trashed days later. Think of all [...]