This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Anita Palmer. Early on in my teaching career, I asked my school’s social studies department chair if I could ever teach geography. And they said, “Anita, we teach world history, don’t you think that’s enough geography for one department?” I felt that was my call to action to use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach geography through … Continue reading How the MapMaker Tool Helps Us “Wrap Our Arms and Minds Around Our World”
This article was written by Heidi Givens, an educator and member of National Geographic’s Teacher Advisory Council. “Where education meets exploration”—this mantra rang true recently as over 180 educators and explorers gathered at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., for an invitation-only event: the National Geographic Education Summit. This unique professional learning experience included plenaries and lightning talks from various National Geographic scientists, … Continue reading Three Deaf Attendees Reflect on Their Experiences at National Geographic’s Education Summit
How far do your students travel without ever leaving home? Well, what sort of products do they rely on? From cereal, toothpaste, and sneakers, to smartphones, e-readers, and video-game consoles, your students are a vital part of multiple global trading networks. Challenge your students to consider the journey behind everyday products with our Interdependence and You activity. By researching the path of bananas, chocolate, or … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Chocolate Treats for Fair-Trade Month
Peter Michaud incorporates geography into his lessons for subjects ranging from math to literacy. In an activity that combined data and statistics with mapping, he encouraged his fifth-graders to ask “thick questions” and consider different perspectives when answering them. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Asking ‘Thick Questions’ to Understand Geographic Data
Our esteemed cartographic colleagues at National Geographic Maps have a new feature we hope will be as habitual as your morning cup of coffee, and a great go-to as you return to class. (For instructional supports, just scroll down!) Map of the Day! National Geographic has compiled a digital archive of its entire editorial cartography collection—every map ever published in the magazine since the first issue … Continue reading Check out ‘Map of the Day’!