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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

Strategy Share: The Power of Storytelling for Conservation

In environmental education, we often use stories to connect our audiences to the animals and messages we are presenting. My recent expedition to the Galápagos Islands taught me that stories can transcend generations and ignite change. Sometimes all it takes is a single word—a word that is so powerful it cuts straight to your heart. In Galápagos, that word is “lonesome.” Continue reading Strategy Share: The Power of Storytelling for Conservation

Educator Spotlight: Chronicling Ancestral Stories with Puppets

Kaitlyn Purvis designed a third-grade unit that helped students make personal connections to the lives of Canada’s early settlers and indigenous people. Students explored their own heritage and mapped the resulting data, learning how their classmates’ families came to Canada. After researching what life was like for both settlers and indigenous people, students created puppet videos to share what they learned. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Chronicling Ancestral Stories with Puppets