Strategy Share: Using 360-Degree Technology to Engage Student Explorers

Immersive technology speaks to how my ninth-graders experience the world. Students drive their own learning, curiosity, and exploration. I can hear students yell with excitement as they discover new things and make connections to what they already know. Those who have a hard time sitting still can use motion as an asset to their learning. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using 360-Degree Technology to Engage Student Explorers

Art and Geography

Two of my loves in life are art and geography; and, it seems, there are others that share my passions. An increasing number of artists are incorporating the themes of geography into their art. Meet a few during American Artist Appreciation Month! Valerie Ostenak Celebrating nature, celebrating the diversity of things that are growing, I’m part of the creative part of the universe. Valerie Ostenak … Continue reading Art and Geography

5 Ways to Prepare for Punxsutawney Phil’s Prognostication

With Groundhog Day upon us, help your students prepare for the weather ahead with these 5 ideas! 1. Rodents Aren’t Actually Meteorologists Whether Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring, every student should know that it’s actually Earth’s position around the sun that causes our weather to change from season to season. Kick off your class this week with the Reasons for the … Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Punxsutawney Phil’s Prognostication

A Quick Dip in the Aquifer!

By Jennifer Adler, National Geographic Young Explorer The thermometer in my car read 45° F, yet every inch of my trunk was stuffed with life jackets, masks, and snorkels. Beneath layers of fuzzy sweatshirts and leggings hid a pink bathing suit. I wasn’t the only one dressed for summer in mid-March. Forty fifth-graders from Williams Elementary School in Gainesville, Florida, also woke up and donned … Continue reading A Quick Dip in the Aquifer!