What were our favorite projects this year at National Geographic? Let us tell you about it!
Giant Maps! What could be more fun for teaching young kids about geography than a gymnasium-sized floor map to play games on? I wish we had these when I was a kid, because I can tell you it would have had a much more profound impact on my retention than staring at a map on the wall of a classroom with tiny writing and cryptic characters.
—Emily, program manager
My favorite .org project of the year is the Explorer directory! It’s been awesome to share it with educators and watch their eyes light up when they consider the possibilities for connecting real-world exploration to the content areas they teach.
—Meghan, program manager
I loved this blog post about how Charlie from Charlie in the Chocolate Factory was originally supposed to be black. It made me think about the negative impact of having white characters be the default for most books and movies, and how many people’s stories are erased by this. Also, the way you explained whitewashing in Hollywood was perfect.
My top choice is the behind-the-scenes “Tomb of Christ” video. ’Tis the season!
—Megan, associate producer
My favorite things were the 9 new Kahoot! quizzes we made. My favorite of the bunch is the Weird But True! quiz. The facts are fun and kids love both Kahoot! and Weird But True!, so putting them together into one fun quiz was a joy.
Definitely my favorite thing—other than the current projects, i.e., Timeline, and Spring 2018 events, that will be deployed early next year—was the ‘About Us’ page update. The image chosen really exemplifies truer diversity, and the way we updated that page and the web copy reflects what this organization will continue to be in the future. The essence is there.
—Camilo, web producer
I think Pristine Seas is beautiful! The ambient video throughout the site is quite lovely and transportive.
—April, senior digital producer
GeoGraph—the new National Geographic font!! One font to rule them all! We can better manage our brand fonts across digital properties and set styles, information and usage guidelines.
—Kelley, web designer
My favorite things are our new educator bloggers! The crews from #WorldGeoChat and #TeachPluralism, John Mead (that’s @Evo_Explorer to you), and Koen Timmers have been great additions to our team here at the Nat Geo Education blog.
—Caryl-Sue, managing editor