National Geographic Explorer Mindset Framework

Here you will find info on the Explorer Mindset, which includes types of knowledge, traits, and skills. It’s a useful structure for imagining projects that take students from formulating questions to taking informed action, while harnessing or rebuilding their capacity for curiosity.

Storytelling for Impact

If you are interested in learning how to incorporate storytelling into your curriculum with audio, video, photography, and/or infographics, these free, self-paced National Geographic courses may be just what you’re looking for.


For anyone looking for an open-source GIS program with a dedicated developer community, this is the one for you. It is as powerful as ESRI’s ArcGIS without the yearly licensing.

1. Fred Gibbs is a historian with extensive experience in the digital humanities. He has a three-part tutorial here that is very easy to follow

2. The QGIS community has developed a very extensive tutorial to show you the foundations of GIS, which you can find here.

Google Earth Engine

This program is an excellent way to access and visualize public satellite data. Go to Platform > Code Editor in order to access the full power of the program. However, you’ll need to learn JavaScript in order to utilize it’s true functionality, but there is a great open-source tutorial to learn if you can put in the time.