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Science Below the Surface: Transforming Ocean Learning With 360º Videos

This post was co-written by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jennifer Adler and academic instructional coach Ashleigh Glickley. Adler: It was 9 a.m., and the Florida summer sun had already melted my ChapStick. The air temperature was almost 100°F (38ºC), the parking lot at Blue Heron Bridge was almost full, and I almost threw the 360-degree camera into the ocean, where I’d never have to see … Continue reading Science Below the Surface: Transforming Ocean Learning With 360º Videos

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Join Us 6/6 for A Star-Studded Explorer Classroom. Plus, Fun Summer Ideas

As the school year comes to a close, National Geographic Education recognizes the need for young people to continue exploring and learning outside the classroom. Kick off summer by participating in the season finale of Explorer Classroom on Monday, June 6, at 2 p.m. ET, where students will be able to ask a group of our Explorers about their exciting work. Then, challenge your students … Continue reading Join Us 6/6 for A Star-Studded Explorer Classroom. Plus, Fun Summer Ideas

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I’m a Black Educator With an Explorer Mindset. But It Wasn’t Always That Way.

Dr. William Anderson wrote this post. I live in Colorado, which is consistently ranked one of the most active states in the U.S. In 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 82 percent of Colorado residents reported exercising during their leisure time in the preceding month. Colorado has at least 39,000 miles of trails, thousands of miles of rivers, and dozens … Continue reading I’m a Black Educator With an Explorer Mindset. But It Wasn’t Always That Way.

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Why Abi Henneberry Takes Her Class Outside Each Day

“We have delighted in discovering slugs underneath oak leaves, muskrats surfacing in local ponds and swimming to shore, and migrating geese establishing nesting grounds,” kindergarten educator Abi Henneberry told me. “Once, we discovered very active, fearless voles in the green space surrounding a local storm pond. They had created holes and tunnels in the grasses we had passed many times, and they were jumping everywhere. This was a tremendous opportunity for children to appreciate their place as visitors in another species’ world.” Continue reading Why Abi Henneberry Takes Her Class Outside Each Day

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How to Get Students Outside? Try Backward Planning

“I have always looked for opportunities to get students outside,” Xena Biffert told me. Xena is a district science consultant in Alberta, Canada, where we both live, and previously taught kindergarten and grades three through six. When she started bringing her own classes outdoors, it required her to think differently. “As I began taking students outside more, I really needed to reconsider the way I planned,” she said. “I started to do a lot of backward planning.” Continue reading How to Get Students Outside? Try Backward Planning