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This week, we're excited to share these new educational materials, designed to teach students in Grades 4-12, about energy sources, energy efficiency, and energy conservation. These free, online education resources are standards-based materials created for teachers and informal educators to use to engage students in science, social studies, and geography concepts related to energy. Connect! Transform the Future - National Geographic Education


While these educational materials were developed for students spanning Grades 4-12; however, it's important to note the complexity of the energy topics addressed.


Questions about energy cannot be easily answered, and energy-related decisions require the work of many experts to address economic, political, environmental, social, and other factors. Be mindful of the complexity of issues around energy topics in both the national and global energy conversation as you engage students in these topics. Students may benefit from an explanation of this "big picture" of the complexity of energy topics and then narrowing the focus as you engage them in specific energy-related issues with individual activities.


Educating youth about energy and energy solutions will be necessary if future generations are going to help solve our energy problems. Being armed with a greater understanding of energy allows us to make wiser choices in our personal lives, as well as in our communities.


This collection of rich multimedia activities gives students a clear view of the benefits and challenges of our energy choices at a local to global scale, and their importance in our decision-making about energy today, tomorrow, and in the future.


National Geographic Education created this collection to complement the themes of the Electropolis 3D film and the Plan It Green: The Big Switch! Game.


Find all the resources for the Connect! Transform the Future collection here:


Other quick links:


Plan It Green: The Big Switch! Game: http://planitgreenlive.com/


Energy Literacy Principles: Energy Education & Workforce Development: Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for En…


Teacher Guide: Energy Potential - National Geographic Education

National Geographic Education is moderating a Twitter Chat to discuss ways that we can convince policy makers to take geography education more seriously. Read our think piece below and consider your own ideas, experiences, or thoughts on how we can make a difference in geography education.


Then, join us on Wednesday, March 13th at 8pm ET on Twitter @NatGeoEducation #GeoEdChat. Let us know if you have any questions. We hope you'll join us!


Think Piece:


More than a decade ago, the US government prioritized nine academic subjects—including geography—in the landmark No Child Left Behind legislation. However, of those nine subjects, geography is the only one that has never received any dedicated federal funding.


As we become a more global society, the lack of language skills and civic and global awareness among American students increasingly jeopardizes their ability to interact with local and global peers, and to participate meaningfully in business, diplomatic, and military situations.


In order to promote global competitiveness, diplomatic leadership, and to fill and retain the tens of thousands of highly skilled jobs in the geospatial industry, students must be exposed to early and ongoing geography education.


But there is a disconnect between what is desperately needed and what lawmakers consider important. While geography is required as a stand-alone subject in most European countries, it appears sporadically—if at all—in the curriculum of American schools.


So how do we convince policy makers that geography education is essential to our global future?


Here are some of the things we’d love to discuss in our #GeoEdChat this week:


What is the state of geography education where you live? Is it a priority? Is it inadequate?

Have you had any success lobbying for increased funding or programs for geography education?

How do you think we can make policy makers see the importance of this discipline?


Please join us on March 13th and share your experiences, ideas, and thoughts on how we can make an impact in the fight for geography education.


Get ready for EE Week 2013: Taking Technology Outdoors by tuning in with National Geographic Education and Esri to explore tech tools that engage students in citizen science projects and connect them with their local communities. National Geographic Education's Sean O’Connor will introduce FieldScope, mobile tech and online communities and how they can be used for citizen science projects. He’ll also discuss how schools can use technology to conduct bioblitzes in schoolyards or local parks to document biodiversity.


Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri Schools Program Manager, will introduce story maps — an online platform for showcasing the data collected by teachers and students in the field and in their local communities via map-based storytelling.


Don't miss this exciting webinar. Register here: National Environmental Education Week | Geography Connections