New York STEAM Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Educator Training

LVM_Training_PhotoOn May 30, 2015, the NY STEAM Girls Collaborative hosted the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Educator Training at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.

The LVM is a transmedia hub for 2-D and 3-D collections, online games, simulations, and virtual worlds highlighting Smithsonian art and science collections as they relate to U.S. Latinos. The LVM developed a Teacher Toolkit to support educators with integrating this robust collection of transmedia and virtual exhibits into their existing STEM +Arts programs.

Participants learned about the NGCP, NY STEAM Collaborative and LVM. In addition, participants engaged in an in-depth training on the Ceramics module and learned about each module in the LVM Educator Toolkit and how participants in the 2014 pilot implemented the Eco Explorers module in their programs.

Throughout the training participants were very engaged and excited about the ways they can use the resources in their classrooms and programs. At the end of the training, participants brainstormed ideas of how they will use the LVM resources in their programs such as developing a service learning project that aligns with LVM and Latino community, incorporating the Day of the Dead module to align with celebrating a special day in Latino Culture, and providing an interactive resource about countries and/or regions that students have a vested interest in.

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Thank you to all of the educators who joined us for the training!