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April 2011 Issue
New Compass newsletter
New beta website
New interactive mapping tool
Give us your feedback!

Featured Resource
NEW National Geographic Education Website
National Geographic Education invites you to visit our new beta website, Designed with input from educators like you, the website enhances our free, standards-based content with rich National Geographic media and new tools. Expanded features include unique views of content for educators and resources catered to students, a growing reference library, an interactive mapping portal, and this redesigned Compass newsletter (formerly Education Update). We will continue to roll out new features based on feedback—please tell us what you think for chances to win prizes!

Current Event Connection
Japan: 2011 Earthquake
Get educational resources to understand the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that struck Japan.
Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day, an annual event that raises awareness of the need to protect Earth's natural resources for future generations.

Featured Content
MapMaker Interactive
Jump into geographic investigations with the interactive student atlas, a new tool from Nat Geo Ed.
Endangered Animals
Students select an endangered or threatened animal of the Americas to research, map, and describe.
Geo-literacy is the ability to use geographic understanding and geographic reasoning to make decisions.
NG in Your Classroom
And the Winner Is…
Find out which school won the Find Your Footprint Contest. Thanks for voting—keep thinking green!
Featured Opportunities
Professional Development
Environmental Literacy Guides

All you need to teach about climate, energy, freshwater, and the ocean.
Professional Networking
Like Us on Facebook!
Join our Facebook community to connect with like-minded educators.

Hot Topics
White House
Arbor Day

Website Favorites
Teaching Resources
Reference & News

More to Explore
Compete in ThinkQuest
Win a laptop, a trip to San Francisco, and cash for your school! Form a student team today.
Giant Traveling Maps
Schools may now request these popular floor maps for the 2011–12 academic year.

Sound Bites
Geographic Quote
"It is impossible to understand history, international politics, the world economy, religions, philosophy, or 'patterns of culture' without taking geography into account."
—Kenneth C. Davis, American historian
Reader Comment
We want to hear from you! Please take a brief survey about our new beta site, and we'll post one open-ended comment here each month.
What are your favorite social networking sites for educators?
Take our poll and we'll share the results next month.
Photographs courtesy the GeoEye Foundation (image Philippines), Stephen Vincent (endangered animals), Mary Crooks (Geo-literacy), Nilesh Bhange, (My Shot), Mark Thiessen (teaching resources), Mary Crooks (Reference & News), Michael Nichols (multimedia).

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