Monday, October 20, 2014

Second Language Learning in the U.S.

Many countries encourage and support the learning of multiple languages in school. By learning another language, you expand your mind and your ability to connect with the rest of the world. So, what other languages are students learning in the U.S.? See the infographic here!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bring Geography Awareness Week into the Classroom!

This year, Geography Awareness Week (11/16-11/22) is all about FOOD! Origins, flavors, cultural aspects, production- you name it. National Geographic has some wonderful lesson plans about food for all ages- view this one, all about Food Crops in the Americas.

Monday, October 6, 2014

2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Do We Have an Internal GPS?

How do we know where we are? How can we find the way from one place to another? And how can we store this information in such a way that we can immediately find the way the next time we trace the same path? This year's Nobel Laureates have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was divided, one half awarded to John O'Keefe (middle), the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser. Congratulations to all three!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Earth Science Week, Oct 12-18, 2014

2014 Earth Science Week Theme:  Earth's Connected Systems.

Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week will be held from October 12-18 and will celebrate the theme "Earth's Connected Systems."

Events and ways to participate include contests, local events, newsletter, and Earth Day Toolkits!
For full details, visit

2015 World Affairs Challenge

Sign up now for the 2015 World Affairs Challenge! This challenge is an exciting academic competition that gives students an opportunity to think critically about global development. Through project-based learning in the research phase and on competition day, the Challenge helps teachers bring international affairs into the classroom in an innovative way. Together we develop tomorrow’s global leaders as students collaborate and envision solutions to global problems using 21st century                                                                                               skills. Register here! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Student Video Contest : World of 7 Billion

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your high school geography classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either the sixth extinction, available farmland, or global education. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 19, 2015. For more info, click here!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Green Grant Opportunities!

Project Learning Tree is dedicated to empowering educators and educating youth about environmental issues. If your school is working on- or would like to start- a green project, like energy conservation or a school garden, you may be eligible for a grant!
 Check out Project Learning Tree!