- Science and Math Informal Learning Educators

During the event, Sherry Hsi will lead us in exploring and answer questions about the project.


Full recording - voice, text chat, slides, web tours.
Please scroll to 1:58 as the recording accidentally got appended after an online class.


All Math 2.0 events are free and open to the public. Information about all events in the series is here:

Wednesday, January 26th 2011 we will meet in the LearnCentral public Elluminate room at 6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern time. WorldClock for your time zone.


To join:
  • Follow this link:
  • Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the "Login" button
  • You will find yourself in a virtual room. An organizer will be there to greet you, starting about half an hour before the event.
If this is your first Elluminate event, consider coming a few minutes earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.


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SMILE is an online collection of math and science activities available to anyone, free of charge. We are also a community of educators who contribute, use, and comment on activities.

SMILE stands for Science and Math Informal Learning Educators; we are a pathway (an audience-specific branch) of the National Science Digital Library (

SMILE's learning activities, tools, and services are available to all but are designed especially for those who teach school-aged children in non-classroom settings (like museums, zoos, aquaria, and afterschool or outdoor education programs). SMILE is dedicated to bringing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities developed by informal science organizations around the country to the wider informal educator community, while encouraging that community to both use and contribute to SMILE's growing collection.

Event Host

SherryHsi.pngDr. Sherry Hsi is an education researcher, designer, and learning technologist with the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Working at the intersection of research and practice, Dr. Hsi focuses on understanding how to design, implement, and evaluate social contexts for better science education, facilitation, and deeper reflection mediated by new media, online environments, and networked technologies. She has conducted research and evaluation on new media projects, handhelds, science websites, digital libraries, and other informal science learning programs.

Dr. Hsi co-leads the SMILE Pathway, a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded digital library of inquiry-based activities for science and mathematics informal learning educators that draws the best materials from across different museums and science centers ( She is also the co-PI of a research project that investigates online visits to museum websites using educational data mining approaches. Before joining the Lawrence Hall of Science, Dr. Hsi directed new media research and evaluation at the Exploratorium and worked on the Electronic Guidebook project to study mobile inquiry to support learning in and beyond museums.

Dr. Hsi is the author of several articles and book chapters including "The Digital Museum: A Think Guide", "Digital Technologies and the Museum Experience: Handheld Guides and Other Media", and “Computers, Teachers, Peers: Science Learning Partners. " Dr. Hsi did her PhD studies at the University of California Berkeley and post-doctoral research with The Concord Consortium. Dr. Hsi is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Science Education and reviews for the Journal of the Learning Sciences.