National Geographic Launches an Online Hub NatGeo@Home to Support Educators and Children During Covid-19
Published 10 April 2020 at 20:07
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Teachers across the world are dedicating their time to keeping children educated and setting some challenges during the outbreak of Coronavirus over the world. The speed with which the global pandemic has changed the world in that time is staggering. To help inspire young people and support caregivers, families and educators, National Geographic has launched a centralised digital resource NatGeo@Home to fill the gap with practical, educational, inspiring and entertaining content designed to keep families connected to the natural world and science behind it.
National Geographic Partners have teamed up with the National Geographic Society and Disney to create an online hub, providing free enriching educational resources of the National Geographic Society and fun informational offerings of National Geographic Kids. From boredom busters, quizzes and games, lessons for educators and hands-on activities for children to tips for parents, videos and live broadcasts of Explorer Classroom. The Explorer Classroom connects students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents in live video talks every weekday at 2:00 p.m. EDT as they share experiences from around the world on topics including wildlife, ocean conservation, photography, space exploration and more.
NatGeo@Home is also included as part of #DisneyMagicMoments, a new website where kids, families and fans will find fun and engaging Disney content, stories and resources from Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars, to Walt Disney Animation Studios, National Geographic, Disney Parks and beyond.
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios
“National Geographic has a long-standing legacy of using the power of storytelling to make a difference,” said Gary Knell, chairman of National Geographic Partners. “As we have watched this global pandemic unfold, we have felt compelled to do just that- make a difference through the science-based journalism and content development for which we are so well known. We developed NatGeo@Home to support and inspire some of the heroes that have emerged from this crisis – parents and teachers – even if school is not in session. Working in tandem with our partners at the National Geographic Society and Disney gives us the ability to deliver the full scope of our brand to homes all over the world.”
Developed by education and science journalists, NatGeo@Home offers a window to the world and a way to navigate the new normal of being parents and educators at the same time.
“Juggling your work life and your kid's school life is hard enough. When those two worlds collide, as they have for so many families, it adds so many layers of challenges,” said Rachel Buchholz, editor in chief and vice president of National Geographic Kids. “That's why our goal here is to keep kids of all ages educated, entertained, and inspired, helping them become global stewards of the future.”
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NatGeo@Home also provides access to the National Geographic Society’s Learn at Home portal.
"To support educators and families, we’ve curated K-12 resources designed to spark curiosity, engage learners, and ignite the spirit of exploration by bringing the wonder of the world to students," said Dr. Vicki Phillips, executive vice president and chief education officer at the National Geographic Society.
NatGeo@Home also provides families expert advice and valuable information to help navigate this challenging time, including access to National Geographic’s in-depth reporting on COVID-19. Recent stories including teleworking with kids and a useful “Coronavirus 101” explainer to help parents advance their own understanding of the virus as well as better equip them to answer questions from their children.
P.S. Some information contained in this article was adapted from "National Geographic Launches NatGeo@Home Digital Hub to Support Families and Educators During COVID-19" by Business Wire, 6th April 2020.