Educator Spotlight: What’s a Food Computer?!

Tracy Polte, this week’s Educator of the Week, blends technological problem solving with natural science education—starting as early as kindergarten. She worked with National Geographic Explorer Caleb Harper to incorporate “food computers” into classrooms. Tracy is the science department chair and STEAM coordinator—and she teaches 1st, 2nd, and 7th grade—at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A Little Background: Who is Caleb Harper and what … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: What’s a Food Computer?!

Teaching the Geography of Food

By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College  Food. It’s something we all think about, talk about, and need. Food has been one major topic of interest at National Geographic because it connects all of us to our environment. The recent global population projections for the year 2100 just went up from 9 billion to 11 billion, making the issues of food production and … Continue reading Teaching the Geography of Food

Weekly Warm-Up: For the Love of Food

Valentine’s Day may be this week, but the candy we celebrate with has been available in stores for about a month! Despite the fact that we observe Valentine’s Day for a single day, our love for sweets boosts candy sales around this time every year. In the United States, it’s common to give and receive chocolates throughout the month of February. This is a great time … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: For the Love of Food

Introducing @ProfessorDixon!

By Seth Dixon, Rhode Island College I am very pleased to be blogging for National Geographic Education; let me introduce myself.  I’m Seth Dixon, a geography professor at Rhode Island College and I also serve as the coordinator for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance. I love sharing digital teaching resources and pieces of everyday geography– the underlying geographic context behind any news article about current … Continue reading Introducing @ProfessorDixon!