Cultivating Global Competency with Digital Access and International Collaboration
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Venue: The Curtis Hotel
Room: Dodgeball (2nd floor)
In 2017, to address a growing need for access to resources that develop student understandings of global cultures and perspectives, the Smithsonian and the Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, home of the Terracotta Warriors, created a set of interactive digital activities that provide a curiosity-inspiring entry point to studying Chinese history. The collaboration not only enabled the Site Museum to develop their first digital learning resources - it also created a unique opportunity for U.S. students to interact with the authoritative resources of an institution they would not have been able to access otherwise.

The activities combine images, vetted information, tools to interact, and Project Zero Thinking Routines, research-based techniques to build global competency skills. Activities were built on the Smithsonian Learning Lab (, a free platform designed to enable the discovery of rich resources and the creation of customized activities to meet student needs.

Through discussion and hands-on demonstrations, panelists will not only share the project and the Lab, but also suggestions for developing digital access to museum resources for education, flexible strategies for fostering global competency, and ideas for pursuing collaboration with our colleagues around the world to better prepare students to participate in a diverse world.

Type of Session
60-minute Professional Forum or Hands-on Demonstration
Session Leader : Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Co-Presenter : Elizabeth Eder, Head of Education, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Co-Presenter : Yongying Dong, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Languages, Xidian University