The World in a City

Toronto-based photographer and former high school geography and psychology teacher, Colin Boyd Shafer, stopped by National Geographic headquarters to talk about Cosmopolis Toronto, a documentary project that reveals the true diversity of Toronto through photography, stories, and mapping. See ideas below for how you, too, can connect your students to their communities and the world.   Can you find the world in one city? Inspired … Continue reading The World in a City

Pacific Playtime in South Dakota

Environmental educator Anne Lewis brought National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of the Pacific Ocean to the South Dakota Discovery Center for their annual Water Festival. How did Anne get 4th graders thinking about water through the lens of geo-education? Through some feet-on activities. “That,” said my co-worker, “is a giant map.” I had to agree. We had just rolled out the 26′ x 35′ Giant Traveling Map of the Pacific … Continue reading Pacific Playtime in South Dakota

Oh the Places You’ll Go

Angela Crawford recently returned from an inspiring trip to Iceland as a Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Read about how this experience and her love of travel shapes her English classroom lessons. Oh the Places You’ll Go, the Dr. Seuss favorite, is read aloud at many high school graduations, ours included. My incoming senior AP English Literature class is walking into a … Continue reading Oh the Places You’ll Go

Media Monday: Using Geo-Education to Fight Bullying

It’s heartwarming to hear the stories about students who have kicked off their school year by fighting against bullies with kindness, like in this story. But how can educators keep students focused on being nice to each other for the months to come? How do you get students to stop and think before posting an inappropriate photo of someone, when blasting out a post to their peers only … Continue reading Media Monday: Using Geo-Education to Fight Bullying

Featured Activity: International Pen Pals

Scott Tuffiash, this week’s Educator of the Week, connects his journalism students with peers in Lebanon through PenPal Schools. His students build meaningful connections while learning about global issues in the news. Scott will be presenting alongside staff from PenPal Schools and iEARN during our October 1st Google+ Hangout on Global Collaborative Projects. Tune in!  Activity: Promoting Dialogue with International Pen Pals Grade Level: K – 12 Time … Continue reading Featured Activity: International Pen Pals