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This Summer, Learn How to Bring the Power of Storytelling to Your Classroom

This post was written by Nicole Ursprunger, a Marketing and Engagement staff member at the National Geographic Society. You spent all year helping your students learn. This summer, prioritize your own development by enrolling in National Geographic’s free Storytelling for Impact courses. This online learning series, developed in partnership with Adobe, will introduce you to National Geographic Explorers who will help you master the basics … Continue reading This Summer, Learn How to Bring the Power of Storytelling to Your Classroom

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Infinite ʻĀina: Introducing the 2892 Hawaiʻi Storytellers

So often, education is centered on a narrative of personalization and individualized student learning. As teachers, much of the way we are encouraged to design learning experiences for students is to center and craft around the learner. We place students in a classroom and build the world around them. This posits humans as central and superior to the environment around them. However, our world and … Continue reading Infinite ʻĀina: Introducing the 2892 Hawaiʻi Storytellers

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Inspire Summer Learning With These National Park Resources

Educator James Fester wrote this post. It’s that time of year again. In the Northern Hemisphere, the days are some of the longest all year, and in many places, temperatures are at their hottest. People spend summer in all sorts of ways: engaging in outdoor activities, exploring their communities, or trying to toast the perfect marshmallow over a flickering fire. Sadly, that last one eludes … Continue reading Inspire Summer Learning With These National Park Resources

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Nine Questions With National Geographic Explorer KM Reyes

National Geographic Explorer KM Reyes is a political scientist and conservationist who, through her organization Centre for Sustainability PH (CS), organizes to protect natural environments on the Philippine island of Palawan. Last month, she participated in a special Explorer Classroom session live from National Geographic’s Explorers Festival. Afterward, we caught up with KM to learn more about her background and her work addressing environmental challenges … Continue reading Nine Questions With National Geographic Explorer KM Reyes

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Mythical Cartography: A Creative Way to Foster an Explorer Mindset

If I want to create a dark world of intrigue and evil, how can I communicate that story through mapmaking? What shape might my landforms take? What colors or shading might I select? What fonts and place-names might evoke a sense of danger? Going deeper, how can I connect to cartographic traditions and the human journey while taking a step forward, away from colonial perspectives that linger on some current maps? The possible conversations and lessons here are limitless. Mapmaking can help students develop a sense of responsibility and respect for other people, cultures, and the natural world, thus helping build an Explorer Mindset. Continue reading Mythical Cartography: A Creative Way to Foster an Explorer Mindset