Digital Learning with Shedd

Digital learning is an evolving concept in the education world and a growing one at Shedd. Learn more about what’s happening below, and check back for updates on digital learning with Shedd.

Badging to Reach Teachers in Illinois and Beyond

The Great Lakes Science badge program is a new wave of professional development for teachers! This free online program allows teachers to work at their own pace through a variety of “missions” (activities) relating to topics of Great Lakes environmental literacy, science literacy and 21st century skills. Teachers are awarded digital badges for their accomplishments and skill building, which can be displayed on resumes and social networks.

Here is what teachers are saying about the program:
• “The course changed the way I approach science and renewed my enthusiasm for it.”
• “Professional development programs that offer badges are a great idea. It is a way that though the entire course, you can see the progress you are making step by step. Each accomplishment is rewarded and acknowledged. It is a very motivating way to keep interest in a self-paced program.”

To learn more about the program and how to get started visit  The program is open to both in-service and pre-service teachers. Illinois teachers are eligible to receive 20 CPDUs upon completion.

Project partially funded by the USDA Forest Service, Eastern Region.

Live from Behind the Scenes

Shedd Aquarium’s first-ever videoconference experience takes classes behind the scenes to find out: What are the needs of the animals in Shedd’s care, and how does the aquarium provide for those needs?

Participants will chat virtually with a Shedd animal care professionals, remotely explore the aquarium’s exhibits and practice the skills required to care for Shedd’s diverse animal collection.

Find out more about the program and how to register.

Great Lakes online curriculum

Take your students on a virtual Great Lakes exploration to learn about invasive species like Asian carp.

In this timely program, students grades 7 to 10 develop their own action plans and videos to address the threat of invasive species. One Chicago-area classroom's video will be turned into a professional video by Shedd's media team!

Begin your exploration today.

Social Media in Education

Online social communities are often viral, and they offer a great way to connect and share with friends, family and like-minded individuals. Shedd has a presence on many popular social media outlets and is expanding to include a more targeted approach for learners.  

The digital learning team is working on a toolkit that includes best practices for selecting, integrating and evaluating social media tools for learning.  We'd like to share two reports on using social media with teens and with educators.

Social Media and Teens
Social Media and Teachers

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