Digital Learning Design

Navigation North Project Earns 2017 Gold MUSE Award

The Smithsonian Learning Lab was launched last year as a result of the partnership between The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access in Washington, D.C. and educational technology agency Navigation North. Last week, the project was awarded a 2017 Gold MUSE Award for Education & Outreach from the American Alliance of Museums. [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:24:23+00:00 May 15th, 2017|

Leading OER Resource Research Partnership: Smithsonian Learning Lab

For over five years the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) has been researching, building, and improving the Smithsonian Learning Lab for educators. But now it is time to hear from the students! We at Navigation North are proud to be a partner in this exciting venture which brings digitized collections from Smithsonian's 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:24:23+00:00 April 24th, 2017|

4 Reasons Students Love The Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab was created to connect students to over 2 million digital resources available from 19 Smithsonian museums and the Smithsonian National Zoo. Partnered with this is the adoption of new state and federal policies calling for curricula to include digital materials and resources, including open education resources. But let's not focus on the stuffy adult whatnot. There are fun and [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:24:24+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

6 Reasons Teachers Love The Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab provides an online toolkit for teachers to discover Smithsonian’s digital resources and create personalized learning experiences for themselves and others. Educators can visually explore more than 2 million resources from across the Smithsonian, so it’s easy to find something of interest. The website’s tools enable users to easily organize and customize the resources to make them [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:24:24+00:00 December 16th, 2016|

Recognition For Research: Navigation North Keeps Development Connected To The Classroom

Navigation North is proud to receive recognition for the research-based work we have conducted with our colleagues at the Smithsonian in developing and shaping the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Digital Promise convened experts at Teachers College, Columbia University to review and selected one exemplary company and two honorable mentions in each category. EdSurge reported on the findings, identifying Smithsonian Learning Lab for its work [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:24:25+00:00 November 18th, 2016|

Navigation North Launches New Website

Our team is pleased to announce the launch of our newly re-designed website! Some of the concepts we incorporated in our new site, which can also benefit our clients: Clean, modern aesthetic with easy to use navigation Promote user journeys through prioritizing relevant content Proper naming conventions and use of "alt" and "title" tags throughout Responsive design providing a positive [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:25:17+00:00 November 17th, 2016|

Where Exquisite Summer Content Begins to Bloom

The seeds all looked more or less the same as did the work to plant them. Now there are tomatoes, wildflowers, peppers, sunflowers, and corn well on its way. A convergence of exquisite and diverse flora from a common environment of soil and water, experience and effort. We have been involved in some interesting conversations around what's working for schools and districts and what's [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:25:17+00:00 June 28th, 2016|

The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

The phrase was coined by French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Aside from writing a number of novels and serving as the editor of Le Figaro, he was a former teacher, known for his keenly satirical tone and bitter wit, and loved educational reform and going fishing. Go figure. I was recently sent a folder of instructional documents that [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:25:18+00:00 May 20th, 2016|

Transforming Rich OER Into Instructional Music Will Take More Than a Kazoo

OER sometimes looks like millions of random musical notes at its most granular level. They can be organized in many different ways by different practitioners to create entirely different songs...and at times, some projects choose to do a bit of assembly and organize the notes into certain kinds of songs or sheets of pre-constructed music to lend more structure and focus. I find this [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:25:18+00:00 April 13th, 2016|

We Snuck A Teacher Into SXSW.Edu This Year

We were only two hours in, yet Sarah and I had already hustled through the exhibitor floor, meandered in the Playground, created LED-light up clouds in a Makers Space session, and caught half a panel discussion on Competency-Based assessment. Now on the hunt for coffee, my 4th grade teacher companion, sporting a Canvas LMS tattoo sleeve, and Kahoot stickers proclaimed, "Wow, this is so different than any other conference." [...]

By | 2022-03-14T11:25:18+00:00 March 11th, 2016|