The Makulu crew are expert educators and explorers ready to take your students for a virtual trip around the planet!
Each week (Mondays) you will find the newest digital media story (article with photos and videos) published on the homepage, and in the related Channel. These articles come in three formats, called "Field Notes" "Logbooks" and "Journals".
The crew's digital media stories follow Reach the World's global journalism program and are designed to promote critical thinking around 'essential questions'. Each article type follows a template, centered around its own specific 'essential question' with the overarching question being, "How does where we live affect how we live?"
Below are the 'essential questions' the Makulu crew will ask and report on in their Field Notes for each location.
What is Daily Life Like?
What do Kids Think is Cool?
How do People get Around?
What do People Eat?
What Traditions do People Have?
How are People Connected to their Environment?
How do Nations support their Communities?
What do we See in Nature?
The Beautiful Nation Project website is a powerful learning platform designed to revolutionize the way we teach, and learn.
Imagine if your text books could talk to you, and the news answered back! This website is built on a social network, which links its members and the content they share geographically. This allows for real-time global reporting, global conversations, global discussions, and global investigations across borders between classrooms and students!
To help educators bring the world into the classroom, the network tracks the global sea expeditions of the Makulu crew. The Makulu crew are world explorers, using today's communication tools to stay connected with students while traveling the planet by sea. The crew use the art of storytelling to create interactive lessons to meet the needs of educators working with different literacy levels and learning styles in one classroom.
The network also houses resources for educators and students. Articles, photos and videos produced by the Voyage of Makulu crew, along side real-time communication tools, maps, games and activities, offer ways for students to engage with the crew and each other in real-time, about real global issues.
Articles are filtered into subject-specific sections of the network, called Channels. By subscribing to a specific Channel, your classroom can engage in online discussions and videocalls with the crew and each other about content posted in the Channel.
Your classroom also has the opportunity to personalize its profile in the website. Member profiles allow your students to share information about their community, conduct global science data collection and participate in a virtual science fair with other classrooms in the network from around the world!
Questions? Email Tonia@beautifulnationproject.org and ask away!
The Beautiful Nation Project network is a free resource for educators and their students to track the ocean expeditions of the Makulu Crew. The crew will introduce students to new ideas, people, cultures and ways of living around the globe!
There is no right or wrong way to use the network! We hope that your students will use the network to ask the crew questions, join discussions about information shared in the crew's articles, and comment on the content to share their perspective. Educators and students can make special request for content by using these communication tools, so be sure to Follow Channels that relate to your curriculum. We also encourage you to share your "Lesson Ideas" in the Channels that you follow, so other educators may follow your successful lead!
The Makulu crew content meets Grades 2-8 Literacy Levels with its digital media stories. Free resources are available to help educators with:
-Mapping the crew's content to the Common Core criteria for success
-Developing Hands-on Science Activities
-Planning and Implementing a Virtual Science Fair
Visit the Teacher Tech Channel to learn more about the tools available to educators through the Beautiful Nation Project's geosocial network for classrooms!
Email Tonia@beautifulnationproject.org for a curriculum map and a calendar of articles.