When virtual exploration is structured along inquiry-based lines, student curiosity becomes the driver, allowing for choice and interest to guide learning. Using a broad, open-ended question like “How do monuments communicate meaning?” and allowing students choice as they explore virtually helps them learn how natural and cultural landmarks convey meaning. These great resources will get you started teaching with virtual tours. Continue reading Virtual Tours Are Taking Off. Here’s How to Integrate Them Into Your Teaching
Laura Chase’s 11th-grade biology students investigated social inequities that impact their local communities. Collaborating with a humanities teacher, Laura asked her students to draw from the analytical skills they learned in science, the persuasive methods they learned in English, and the technical skills they learned in film in order to communicate their stories in a thoughtful way. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring Social Inequities Through Storytelling
ENVIRONMENT Silicon Valley is booming, and longtime residents are being driven out. But only in Shoreline Park are the newcomers eating the natives. (New York Times) Where else are feral cats threatening native species? Use our study guide to learn how Australia is dealing with the problem. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker … Continue reading Feeding Feral Cats is Not For the Birds
SCIENCE Red tides and bright blue waves make SoCal glow. (San Jose Mercury News) What is bioluminescence? Use our great resource as a go-to reference. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why are waves turning electric blue when crashing into California beaches? Miles of Southern California beaches are experiencing a “red tide”—a rapid, dense accumulation … Continue reading Bioluminescent Beasties Light Up California Beaches
UNITED STATES The damaged California dam is in the spotlight now, but it’s not alone among the facilities needing upgrades. (Nat Geo News) Why do we have dams? Use our resources to better understand. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Nat Geo News reports that there are more than 80,000 … Continue reading What’s Happening at the Oroville Dam?