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For Sir Ken

Posted on August 31 2020

For Sir Ken

Dear Educators,

Sir Ken Robinson passed last week after a brief battle with cancer. His TED talk changed my outlook and career profoundly. I was lucky enough to hear him speak on innovation in 2016, and I am proud to say that in asking for his autograph, I behaved like he was a rock star…because to me, he was.

Sir Ken Robinson stood for a new type of education—one that empowers students and encourages them to be their authentic, creative selves. He wanted us to move away from a factory style of learning where there is a “right” answer and a “wrong” answer. He wanted our students to feel the power and responsibility befitting of the impact they will have on our world when it becomes theirs to shape.

As sad as I am that he’s gone, I’m inspired by his work and committed to continuing his work on this planet without him. I selected a set of resources this week that aim to inspire your students to be creative, empowered, and authentic.

View the whole collection!
Following on from Esri’s impressive collection of GeoInquiries, which encourage students to use GIS technology to learn about their worlds, Maps101 has released a collection of self-guided inquiry lessons. From Science, to Math, to English, these lessons have integrated GIS tools that allow students to experiment and play with data and maps! What will they learn??

Here are a few of our favorite lessons.

Marine Debris

(Environmental Science)

Investigate marine debris, the role of ocean gyres, and how humans impact trash accumulation.


Language and Religion

Explore patterns of cultural diffusion through linguistic and religious data.


Volume of Pyramids

Use an aerial photograph to determine the volume of the Great Pyramid of Giza.


Why We Do What We Do

Sir Ken Robinson’s famous TED talk. Hilarious, humble, humanistic. An icon, gone but not forgotten. It’s inspiring to think that as an educationalist his influence has been passed on to millions of teachers and then millions of students in turn. We make a difference. All of us.

Republican National Convention

Don’t miss our article on the historic Republican National Convention! We know how hard it can be to find balanced, fact-based news sources that are classroom appropriate, especially election materials! We hope you and your students find this, and last week's article on the Democratic Convention, informative and fair!
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