Digital Learning with Shedd
Digital learning is an evolving concept in the education world and a growing one at Shedd. Learn more about what’s happening below, and check back for updates on digital learning with Shedd.
Badging to Reach Teachers in Illinois and Beyond
Throughout 2013, Shedd is testing the waters in the world of digital badging by offering a free, online program for teachers. The self-paced program will award teachers digital badges for their accomplishments and skill building. The experience is available for pre-service and in-service teachers and features a variety of “missions” (activities) relating to topics of Great Lakes environmental literacy, science literacy and 21st century skills.
Contact us to participate in this pilot program.
Project partially funded by the USDA Forest Service, Eastern Region.
Social Media in Education
Online social communities are often viral, and they offer a great way to connect and share with friends, family and like-minded individuals. Shedd has a presence on many popular social media outlets and is expanding to include a more targeted approach for learners.
The digital learning team is working on a toolkit that includes best practices for selecting, integrating and evaluating social media tools for learning. The project* is still in progress, but we'd like to share two reports on using social media with teens and with educators.
Social Media and Teens
Social Media and Teachers
*Supported by a grant from The Smart Chicago Collaborative, an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust, funded in part by the City of Chicago and MacArthur Foundation.
Live from Behind the Scenes
Launching in fall 2013, Shedd Aquarium’s first-ever videoconference experience will take classes –behind the scenes to find out: What are the needs of the animals in Shedd’s care, and how does the aquarium provide for those needs? Participants will chat virtually with a Shedd animal care professionals, remotely explore the aquarium’s exhibits and practice the skills required to care for Shedd’s diverse animal collection. Find out more about the program and how to register.
Great Lakes online curriculum
Learn about bighead, silver and grass carp, along with other notorious non-natives, with an interactive online curriculum about ecological ways of preventing the spread of invasive species.
Sign up to receive more information about this curriculum.