Smithsonian Kids: Reference and Search Tools

Published On: April 11th, 2016·By ·

Smithsonian Kids Brings Learning to Life

Smithsonian Kids

101 Days of Free Tech for Teachers, Day 71
Explore some of the world’s best museum exhibits with Smithsonian Kids. This site offers tons of educational resources from fun, educational games to interactive eBooks. Teachers can take their students on a virtual visit to the zoo with the animal cams, explore 3D models in the Dinosaur Exhibit, or even watch videos on what it’s like to be a Smithsonian expert. Smithsonian Kids also offers hands-on activities that can be completed in the classroom or at home to strengthen the connection between what they learn and real-world scenarios. The Smithsonian also has a mobile app on iPhone and Android for classrooms that have mobile devices.


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How We Decide Which Free Tech Tools to Feature
Yup, there are thousands of apps, tools, services, websites, and other offerings — many free — designed for teachers and students. So, how do we sort through all of those to feature the ones which are most useful and interesting? Well… we start by sorting through thousands of these things… then we talk to the presenters in the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community and watch their videos closely… then we talk to many of the members in the Teacher Learning Community, teachers just like you who are using these apps and tools day in and day out. We’ve been doing this for over 30 years and have, in that time, developed a sense for what’s good and bad. Have we missed something that we should feature here? Most certainly. So, let us know in the Comments section what we should take a look at and we’ll throw ’em into the hopper.


Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms. If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to



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