National Geographic – coming to a classroom near you

4 Nov 2009

Education software and whiteboard provider Promethean has struck a deal with National Geographic to bring Young Explorer ActivLessons to Irish schools that have white boards.

These are a series of interactive whiteboard lessons designed specifically for pupils in junior infants, senior infants and first class. Engineered to expand and enhance the reach of the popular National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine, the ActivLessons provide a whole-class digital supplement to the series.

“Promethean is thrilled to partner with National Geographic to produce the Young Explorer ActivLessons,” Brent Taggart, head of Promethean Planet and Strategy, said.

“Intended to be teacher-led; the design and functionality of the ActivLessons facilitate versatility in the classroom by offering multiple options for student engagement and educator adaptability.

“All the activities contained are flexible, collaborative and extendable; key requirements of any content created for Promethean’s ActivClassroom.”

Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Young Explorer ActivLessons are based on the stories and instruction in Young Explorer and feature stunning photography supported by group activities, narrated stories, printable worksheets and a full teacher guide.

The National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine and ActivLessons work together to improve literacy skills and introduce learners to science and social studies.

While the Young Explorer ActivLessons stand alone, they can also be used with the magazine, offering teachers multiple options to create engaging lessons that provide practice with reading strategies, build academic vocabulary and meet NCLB goals.


“National Geographic Young Explorer is known for teaching important literacy skills through high-interest science and social studies content,” said Fran Downey, vice-president and publisher of National Geographic.

“The magazine connects to existing curriculum while inspiring students to care about our planet. The partnership with Promethean, a leader in developing interactive classroom solutions for the education market, allows teachers to present truly interactive lessons that will engage students and deepen understanding. This takes the printed magazine to a whole new level,” Downey added.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years