Smithsonian's program brings new strategies for La. teachers

02/1/2013 | Advertiser (Lafayette, La.), The

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's "Let's Do History Tour" recently stopped in Lafayette, La., where social studies teachers attended workshops on teaching strategies. The program not only allows continued online contact between teachers and museum leaders, video-conferencing and discussion boards, it also makes tangible items from the museum's teaching collection available for classrooms. "For example, we had one teacher who saw what we do with cotton, and she realized it's not expensive to order cotton online, so that's the kind of thing you can bring into the classroom if you're teaching about the invention of the cotton gin, or Southern agriculture, or plantations," said Melinda Machado, spokeswoman for the National Museum of American History.

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