Teachers use mystery Skype to give students a window on the world
Only 25% of eighth graders score proficient in geography on standardized tests. Some teachers are using a video chat game to engage kids in the world around them.
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Some experts have found that eighth-grade classes spend just about 20 minutes a week on geography, and that’s reflected in standardized tests. Just over a quarter of all eighth-graders score proficient or higher in the subject, which is a problem because knowing geography is key to understanding world events, politics and business. NPR’s Amanda Morris reports on a game that some teachers are using to engage students in the world around them.
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UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #1: Are you one of the original 13 colonies?