Profile profile for KotchoC
M.A.T., Summa Cum Laude, Museum Education,
George Washington University, 2006
B.S., Telecommunications (Electronic Media),
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 1986
I manage the museum's Education Outreach team. We form a link between the museum and learners ages 4-18 for the purpose of improving American history learning. We draw upon the exhibitions, scholarship, artifacts and programs of the museum to create American history resources that benefit young learners, especially those who will never have the opportunity to visit Washington, DC.
The Education Outreach team believes that the study of American history is an active pursuit, much like science or mathematics. Once basic skills and habits of mind are established, one must “do history” to fully grasp its relevance to contemporary life. Social studies as a subject, helps students understand how people interact with each other and the world…in the past, today, and in the future. When students and teachers “do history” together, they practice the type of critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills set forth in the P21 Framework and by the National Council for the Social Studies.
We train teachers, both online and in-person, to provide young learners with engaging, experiential and authentic learning activities that inspire them to learn more. Our "Let's Do History" program is one example of the many ways we reach out to teachers nationwide.
Students who are motivated to “learn more” become self-directed learners much like the scientists, historians, and educators at the Smithsonian. They follow their curiosity, ask important questions, and are hungry for trusted sources of information.
Our free, online resources for teaching and learning American history can be found on our K-12 website, Smithsonian's History Explorer.
American Alliance of Museums: Education, Media & Technology
Museum Education Roundtable
National Council for History Education
National Council for the Social Studies
International Society for Technology in Education
An early exploration of how Internet technologies might be used to promote learning through socially-mediated interactions. Identifies potential use of the Web for social networking and learning as well as naming bandwidth as a major factor in the quality of interactions.
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