Busy, Busy @ Navigation North
A few of our long time clients have decided now is the time to make strategic and significant investments in extending their existing systems. Therefore, things are moving fast within the Navigation North offices as these big projects make their way through our design and development processes.
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access has recently joined forces with two of their exceptional museums to envision a year’s worth of system advancements, new feature development, and related learning design research for the award-winning Smithsonian Learning Lab. We look forward to exploring ways to extend the powerful learning and resources of the National Museum of African American History and Culture though the Learning Lab in the coming months. (On that note, the Learning Lab is currently a finalist for this year’s Webby Awards for Best Educational Website!)Across the street from the Smithsonian offices, our partners at the U.S. Department of Education recently tapped Navigation North to lead a complete overhaul of the website for their largest internal team, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Drawing on our existing contracts and experience working with both their Office of Educational Technology and the Office of Innovation and Improvement, we are drawing on our expertise to move all program data, resources, and content into a new CMS, while modernizing the overall design, their content publishing processes, and integrating advanced analytics reporting.
In the meantime, out on the West coast, Navigation North is working feverishly with the California Historical Society and the University of California’s History-Social Science Project to prepare a new History curriculum site, Teaching California. The launch is scheduled for this coming summer to be ready for outreach, orientation and use by educators and students next school year. The platform is designed to eloquently blend rich, primary source materials from numerous libraries, museums, archives, and historical collections with standards aligned curriculum and historical relevance and strategies for the California History-Social Science Frameworks.
These projects represent part of our ongoing commitment to #GoOpen. Any teams that have worked with us know that a cornerstone of our culture at Navigation North lies in creating more, freely accessible digital learning resources for students and teachers. Across the past decade, we have led in the design and development of platforms, tools, and data-structures to help resource providers unite their materials with the instructional thinking of creative educators to enrich and engage youth.
Let us know how you are working to better leverage your agency’s knowledge and expertise or are interested in exploring how to enable online communities of educators in bettering public education for all communities. Contact Navigation North and help us re-imagine education for the 21st century!