Teacher Review For Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Explore the Smithsonian Natural History Museum without the travel.

Dana O.
Instructional Technology Integrator
North Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This site has one of the best inclusive museum virtual tours I have seen. It's a great resource for students who are studying anything that can be found in their exhibits. It can be used for whole group instruction, or for students to gather information individually. I would definitely give the students some sort of guide/guiding questions to follow while using the site. I wish the Smithsonian would do similar virtual tours for all of their museums!
My Take
I love that this site allows students to visit a museum and discover things they may have never been able to see before. The site can be used on a computer or mobile device and has an incredible zoom so that you can see all of the exhibits just like you would if you were actually there.