Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code

SCIENCE New clues to an old mystery about Inca language aren’t etched in stone. They’re tied in knots. (Nat Geo News) How did khipu help shape South American geography? Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo News article describes a new analysis of Incan khipu (or quipu). What are khipu? Khipu are knotted cords used by the ancient Inca to record events, census data, and accounts. (Khipu … Continue reading Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code

This Week in Thanksgiving History

In place of our usual “This Week in Geographic History,” here’s a look at some of our Thanksgiving-themed content. Check out our Pinterest board for more related resources! Thursday, November 23 TDIGH: Thanksgiving Though not proclaimed a national holiday in the U.S. until 1863, feasts of thanksgiving were held as early as 1541 by the Spanish conquistadores. Maps: New York Toponyms Where Did the Pilgrims … Continue reading This Week in Thanksgiving History

14 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at This week, we learned … … that you can download and print absolutely gorgeous Landsat maps of your state. DO IT!     … “Elegy for the Arctic” is a haunting composition for piano accompanied by crumbling glacier.     … an L.A. artist’s ’emancipation project’ encourages students to create … Continue reading 14 Things We Learned This Week!

4 of the Greatest Ways to Teach about Muhammad Ali

SPORTS Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer acknowledged as the “athlete of the century,” has died. Here are some strategies for bringing “The Greatest of All Time” to your classroom. (Sports Illustrated) Use our resources to learn a little about one of icon’s most iconic moments—the Rumble in the Jungle. Discussion Ideas 1. ATHLETICS Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was declared the “Sportsman of the Century” by … Continue reading 4 of the Greatest Ways to Teach about Muhammad Ali

How Chinese Conquered QWERTY

TECHNOLOGY Conventional wisdom of the past 200 years held that China would have to abandon character-based writing and embrace alphabetization in order to prosper from world trade and technological change. Today, Chinese is a world script and China is an IT giant. How did that happen? (Los Angeles Review of Books) Get to know your QWERTY with these free, challenging keyboarding games. Teachers, scroll down … Continue reading How Chinese Conquered QWERTY