How I Use It
National Geographic has long been a digital landing point for teachers seeking quality and accuracy for science-related content. This site is no exception. High-quality images are well-organized and make navigation for both teachers and students simple. Consider filtering your results with one of four options provided on the site. Grade level appropriateness and short descriptions are provided to users by simply hovering over any photo. Some are even downloadable, ready to be incorporated into projects.
Upon clicking a selection, users are transported to another site for additional resources, multimedia links and reference lessons. Each photo includes additional ideas as to how it can be incorporated into instruction.
In a world where non-fiction is leading curriculum standards, it is good to know a site exists of images that are safe for student use and allow classrooms to hone those ever important search skills that have become a necessity for learning. This site could be especially helpful with students who struggle navigating the complex vocabulary that sometimes accompanies science topics. ELL, low literacy and special needs students could more easily make connections to difficult content. with these powerful visual representations.