3 FREE Resources for next year

Twitter is an amazing wealth of resources. So many great things freely shared by teachers from all over the world.

This post is simple. Just a quick overview of 3 resources worth using in your geography/global studies/social science class.

National Geographic Education

[Full disclosure – the worldgeochat moderators are obsessed with National Geographic and are definitely not objective when it comes to talking about them.]

There are so many things that make @natgeoeducation a great resource. There are great teaching resources there including games, lessons, ideas, units, and activities. (I’ve written about the Amazon Rainforest lesson and how it is a true global education activity here.)

But there are other great parts of National Geographic Education. The “Reference” material includes articles, encyclopedia entries, current events, and media. The “Mapping” section has so many great maps, but MapMaker might be the greatest. It’s not the same as Google Earth, nor does it claim to be, but it allows you and your students to add layers to it that can tell you a great deal about a location. It can give students a great amount of information before they begin to study a region/country. And their blog is just another great read for ALL teachers!

Nat Geo

The MapMaker Interactive allows students to add multiple layers to a region.

100 People: A World Portrait

I only discovered this resource a few weeks ago, so I have not had a chance to use it with students. But, it looks amazing!

You might be familiar with the book If the World Were a Village. This site takes the idea of that book and builds it into something better. It looks at how people around the world respond to global issues. And there are opportunities for schools and students to get involved and nominate someone who makes a difference in the world. Like I said, it’s a new resource to me, so I have LOTS to learn still!

100 people

Every red dot represents a school involved in this project.

Project Explorer

[Fullest of Full Disclosure. I am on the Board of Directors for Project Explorer and went as the Teacher Fellow to Cambodia in 2015 to be a part of filming. Pete Spiegel (@geospiegs) will be the Teacher Fellow when Project Explorer goes to Iran in 2018.]

Project Explorer (@projectexplorer) is one of those sites that you wish you had known about before now. Its founder, Jenny Buccos (@goodglobalcitiz), didn’t begin her career as a global educator, but the films she creates have made her a leading voice in global education. (See Jenny’s Ted Talk here.)

Project Explorer currently has short video episodes for 18 countries. Each country’s content is leveled for Upper Elementary, Middle, or High School. There are multiple videos for each country, normally between 3-5 minutes, that offer students a look at a specific activity in the country. The most recent series took the Project Explorer crew to The Netherlands (would you believe I had to Google whether “The” is capitalized or not?).

In these episodes, there are stories on sustainability, markets, art, and so many more. See them for yourself here.

Project Explorer

Register yourself by clicking the “For Teachers” link to get access to all the Project Explorer content.


So, what are the resources that you couldn’t live without next year? Comment below or post ideas on Twitter using the #worldgeochat hashtag!

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