Educator Spotlight: Mapping Community Diversity

Mike Presser, this week’s Educator of the Week, inspires his students to see geography in their everyday lives and to see themselves as agents of change. Mike teaches AP human geography, world history, and U.S. history at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California. Learn more about Mike by reading his blog or checking out his capstone project from the Nat Geo Educator Certification Program. How … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Mapping Community Diversity

10 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? We learned … … you can print your own portable universe—for free! How do cartographers usually depict the universe?   … how to navigate the languages of New York. Editor’s pick of the week! What other areas of the world rank highly in the language diversity index?   … why earworm songs are earworm songs. What songs are your … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week!

This Week in Geographic History, September 26 – October 2

Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week.  For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Monday, September 26 TDIGH: Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed Born as John Chapman in 1774, the nomadic farmer got his nickname from the thousands … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, September 26 – October 2

Do Languages ‘Think’ Alike?

SCIENCE Very different languages seem to organize the world in surprisingly similar ways—scientists say the ways humans describe nature transcends culture and geography. (Quartz) How well do you know your own language? Play Word-O-Rama to find out! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Quartz video investigates polysemous words in different languages. What are polysemous … Continue reading Do Languages ‘Think’ Alike?

Africa’s Dazzling Diversity

GEOGRAPHY Africa is not a country. It’s an entire continent filled with amazing, unparalleled diversity of languages, peoples and nations. New maps illustrate just how diverse Africa really is. Beware: You can spend hours here. (Mic) Learn more about Africa’s dazzling cultural diversity. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the map above, or click here to see the full-size, zoomable version. Why do you think Africa’s … Continue reading Africa’s Dazzling Diversity