May 02, 2022 2022-05-02
The Museums for Digital Learning (MDL) is a way for museums of all disciplines to leverage digitized museum collections to help K–12 educators and students. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Newfields Lab of the Indianapolis Museum at Newfields; Field Museum, Chicago; and History Colorado, Denver, the MDL learning platform provides educators with authentic, curated museum collection resources to help inspire their students. MDL content and interactive features are developed by museum education and curatorial professionals in consultation with classroom educators and technology specialists.
MDL Resource Kits have multiple activities to engage learners and support national standards in different subjects. Educators can search by type of institution—art, science, history, natural history, botanic garden, zoo/aquarium, children’s museum, and others.
They can browse the Collection Hub and create their own collection of objects from participating museums for use in their classroom. Or they can browse through collections that others have made. All content is free to use and can be shared to a learning management system or on social media.
Teachers can explore the participating museums on the MDL website. New museums continually join MDL, and museums that are currently participating often add new Resource Kits.