We’ve partnered with Rand McNally Education on our newest app, Intro to Geography - World Edition, which is now available in the iTunes Store. We’re really excited about this partnership, as it allows us to take the lessons of a one-hundred-year old educational method and combine them with one-hundred-and-fifty-years of map-making expertise.
Maria Montessori, the Italian physician who pioneered the Montessori method, envisioned that her new type of education would lead to a more expansive understanding of the world around us. More specifically, by helping children develop a geographical appreciation of their world, she conjectured that this new generation of learners would eventually adopt a more inclusive approach to different cultures.
Stephen Fletcher, the CEO of Rand McNally, says this rather eloquently. "Rand McNally shares Montessorium's mission to promote geographic learning using creative digital tools. Combining geography with educational technology increases students' curiosity about the world around them, and helps instill strong global citizenship.”
By following the interests of her students on an individual basis, rather than providing overt instructions to everyone, Maria Montessori believed that if children had the opportunity to take learning into their own hands, instead of being told what to do and how to do it, they would invariably chart a new course for civilization. As the world becomes smaller, with jet planes no less than social networks, we believe it becomes increasingly important to expand our understanding of our global community.
Our perspective is, who better to join forces with than Rand McNally, who has been helping open classrooms into the world for generations? We believe this is only the first project in what will be a long-lasting partnership.
We really hope you enjoy Intro to Geography - World Edition.