MapStory announces 2013 Teaching Fellows

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Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2013


The MapStory Foundation announced eight Teaching Fellows from across the United States this week that will help co-design the future of the MapStory.org platform as they develop and implement innovative classroom-based projects that empower students to construct new knowledge about our rich past.


“Too often, new ideas in education are developed separately from educators themselves, treating them as customers rather than experts,” said MapStory Founder & CEO, Dr. Christopher Tucker. “As a nonprofit project with a commitment to openness, we’re excited to learn from these educators and design the future of MapStory with their inspirations playing a central role.”


Teaching Fellows’ projects span K-12 subjects and grade levels and emphasize students’ content knowledge, as well as their abilities to conduct research, communicate, collaborate, and be creative. Examples include:


Jessica Hanzlik, an 8th grade teacher at UNO Soccer Academy in Chicago, IL, and a former Rhodes Scholar, will use MapStory to help her students show the spatial and temporal dimensions of various civil rights movements in U.S. history.

Steve Goldberg, founder of The Learning Center in Durham, North Carolina, will work with students, local history enthusiasts and MapStory to create a multimedia history of Durham that is refreshed annually by each new incoming class of students.

Thomas Neville, a history teacher at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia, will incorporate MapStory and the rich collections of the Historical Society of Washington to help his students trace the genesis and evolution of alley life in DC.



To read a brief description of each fellow, visit: [1].


To access this Press Release online, visit: [2]


About MapStory


MapStory (www.mapstory.org), as a complement to Wikipedia, is an open educational resource launched recently in Beta to enable a global user community to organize its knowledge about the world both spatially and temporally. Perhaps more important, MapStory is an infrastructure for enabling “MapStorytelling” as a means of communicating important issues to a global audience. The goal is to enable any student, teacher or practitioner on Earth to tap into the power of this new mode of conveying stories about global change. MapStorytellers of all kinds come together to publish their expressions and to critique each others’ MapStories, leading to an ever-accumulating and constantly improving body of knowledge about global dynamics all over the world and throughout the course of history. To learn more, visit mapstory.org