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Educator Spotlight: Curating Digital Museums Makes Geography Personal

Laura Krenicki’s sixth-graders examined the paths of people and objects. The class read a magazine article by Paul Salopek, a National Geographic Explorer, and participated in a live video event with him. Then, students curated and designed digital museums of objects and the stories they tell. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Curating Digital Museums Makes Geography Personal

Refugees Find Inspiration as Museum Tour Guides

WORLD Babylonian artifacts provide a reminder of home, and hope, for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. (BBC) Use our resources to learn more about contemporary migrants to Europe. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The terrific BBC article describes a program for recent immigrants to Germany. Why does Germany have a high population of refugees from … Continue reading Refugees Find Inspiration as Museum Tour Guides

Weekly Warm-Up: Bringing the Nat Geo Museum to Your Classroom

It’s Museum Week, a time to celebrate the institutions that preserve and showcase our stories. And since we can’t bring you and all your students to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., we’ll bring the museum to you… at least in a warm-up sized way! National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore spent years creating beautiful portraits of our world’s captive species. They’re on display now … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Bringing the Nat Geo Museum to Your Classroom

Everything about the Elgins

ARTS The British Museum has lent one of the so-called “Elgin Marbles” to Russia. What are the Elgins, what is cultural repatriation, and why is this such a controversy? (The Telegraph) Use our resources to better understand cultural repatriation. Should the statues be returned to Greece? Scroll down to vote! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion … Continue reading Everything about the Elgins

Agency Urges a Change in School Science Demos

EDUCATION The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has urged museums and schools to stop using methanol and other flammable chemicals in science demonstrations in light of a flash fire that injured 13 people, most of them children, at museum earlier this month. (Associated Press) Use our resources to learn more about chemistry, and thanks to esteemed colleague Samantha for the heads-up on this great current event … Continue reading Agency Urges a Change in School Science Demos