This post was written by Koen Timmers. Learn more about Koen and his work here. Technology and innovation in our schools come with benefits and drawbacks. Augmented reality, 3D printers, blockchain, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and a plethora of other unforeseen technological advances will be everyday realities in our students’ lives as they enter the workforce. New jobs will require skills like complex problem solving, … Continue reading When Innovation Meets Education: Free Quality Education to One Million Children
SPORTS For 11 years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, or humanitarianism. Get to know this year’s honorees, then vote for the 2016 People’s Choice. (Nat Geo Adventure) Play our game to explore like a Nat Geo adventurer, or get started with the adventure in … Continue reading Meet the Adventurers of the Year—and Vote for Your Favorite!
SCIENCE Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest case of decapitation ever found in the New World. The skull belonged to a young man and was buried in Brazil about 9,000 years ago. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to dig deeper into the weird world of anthropology. Discussion Ideas The (very readable!) new scientific paper dates the oldest decapitated skull yet found in the Americas to … Continue reading Oldest Decapitated Head in the New World
by Johnna Flahive Yes! Does the name “Paddington” ring any bells? Despite the popularity of the beloved bear from the “deepest, darkest Peru,” many people are surprised to learn there really are bears in South America. Andean bears (a.k.a. spectacled bears) live there, and their story is just as full of peril and adventure as Paddington’s. The earliest ancestors of Tremarctos ornatus (Andean bears) arrived … Continue reading Creature Feature: Wait, there are bears in South America?
POLITICS The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a controversial proposed free trade agreement. What makes it such a big deal? (Toronto Star) Use our resources to play the “Trading Game.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map of countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas President Obama is hoping to get trade promotion authority (often … Continue reading Trans-Pacific Partnership: What You Need to Know