GeoQuest is designed for all grades. The program consists of several events from September through November utilizing interactive video technology to connect students state-wide with international experts on regions of important international topics. GeoQuest uses geography as an entry point for a broad range of world affairs issues. Students are immersed in geography, culture, world affairs and encouraged to understand the impact of international dynamics on their own communities. Information to support these events is housed on a virtual, interactive platform for easy management and collaboration. Educators are provided with a support package that contains all of the necessary background on the geographic area for each session, including an engaging written briefs on social, cultural and current events as well as key learning points. The final product is a curated, co-created interactive map featuring geographical information about each country and about the students’ own communities.
How to Participate in Montana World Affairs Council GeoQuest
Q. My schedule is varied this year. Some of my students are in-person and others are remote—does this matter?
A. GeoQuest is designed for flexibility. You can start and stop this project at any point in the school year with as many students or groups of students as you need to. Since the information students need to complete their project is online, you can use this with face-to-face instruction, remote learners or a hybrid model. Instructionally, GeoQuest can be used as a whole class project, group work or an independent study project. Also, all of the resources for you AND your students are contained on the virtual platform.
Q. What does it cost to participate?
A. Nothing! Montana World Affairs Council programs are FREE to Montana schools. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors that makes this possible.
Q. What is the age range?
A. GeoQuest is designed for 4-8th grade. However, feel free to use and scaffold this program to fit your classroom needs.
Q. What are the learning outcomes of GeoQuest and does it fit into the standards?
A. GeoQuest is designed to fit state and national standards. The idea is to help YOU hit multiple standards in multiple content areas! Students participating in GeoQuest will:
- Learn map reading and navigation skills using Google Earth
- Investigate other countries’ history, culture, and current events. After researching students are challenged to make connections to their Montana communities.
- Explore civic engagement while learning about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Q. Can we meet country experts?
A. Yes! Virtual visits will be scheduled with experts from each of the four countries. Your class can join the live discussion even if you haven’t started GeoQuest and the conversations will be recorded for later use too. For questions or additional information, please contact Nikki Geiszler at: firstname.lastname@example.org.