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Primary Sources for K-12 Educators

This guide is for K-12 educators seeking digital primary sources to use in their classrooms.
Online learning tools are  applications for the administration, documenting, tracking, reporting and delivering of educational units, lessons, courses, and/or programs. Many cultural institutions, like museums and galleries, have created tools for educators and students to use primary source collections online.


  • Royal BC Museum Playlists - Playlists are a collection of items from around the Learning Portal that have been hand-picked by the playlist creator to give new context to British Columbia's rich natural and human history. These playlists are meant to be enjoyed for fun, and as educational resources. They are a great opportunity to introduce new ideas to classroom curriculum. Create your own playlist for your classroom.


  • Royal BC Museum Pathways - Each pathway features a different subject. Inside there are options to explore through reading, watching video, listening to recordings, looking at images or meeting the people who have something to say about the topic. Pathways are created by Royal BC Museum staff.


  • Smithsonian Learning Lab - The Smithsonian Learning Lab was created to inspire the discovery and creative use of its rich digital materials—more than a million images, recordings, and texts. It is easy to find something of interest because search results display pictures rather than lists. Whether you've found what you were looking for or just discovered something new, it's easy to personalize it. Add your own notes and tags, incorporate discussion questions, and save and share. The Learning Lab makes it simple.