Mission

North of Sixty° Video Overview

North of Sixty° will create a unique
tapestry of Arctic stories that is needed to help educate the world about the changing climate.

Aaron Doering, PhD, North of Sixty° PI

The story is a powerful tool. It can build bridges between people from vastly different cultures, between scientists and the public, between classrooms and policymakers.

The mission of North of Sixty° is to create a global tapestry of climate stories, weaving together the history and culture of Arctic communities worldwide and preserving the voices and ecological knowledge of generations. We will collaborate with classrooms in regions north of 60 degrees latitude, scaffolding students in the collection and dissemination of these stories and providing an online environment for them to share their stories with the world.

In capturing and sharing stories from their community, students will contribute not only to a tapestry of world knowledge about the Arctic and their individual communities, but also enhance the scientific knowledge about climate change by sharing the human, or social sciences, impact beyond the scientific data and known impacts to the natural world.

Project Goals

  • Create a global tapestry of Arctic climate stories
  • Educate the world about the Arctic and about climate change through personal lenses
  • Preserve the stories of elders, knowledge keepers, and others
  • Encourage collaboration and community building among students
  • Provide students with an online venue to share and document living history
  • Support and strengthen students’ 21st century skills as they learn new technologies
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Featured Schools

Inukshuk

North of Sixty° has invited a small group of schools representing a cross-section of Arctic regions and cultures to participate in this project. These schools, located in Finland, Norway, Russia, Canada, and the United States, have a unique opportunity to:

  • Participate in experiential, culturally relevant, inquiry-based learning
  • Contribute to world knowledge about the Arctic and climate change
  • Document and preserve local, living history
  • Employ 21st century skills and learn new technologies
  • Share their community with the world

If your school is interested in participating in the North of Sixty° project, please contact us at n60@umn.edu.

Project Team

The North of Sixty° project team includes members of the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML), plus the many individuals at the schools and in the communities worldwide who are contributing to our tapestry of Arctic climate stories. In addition to leading the core project team at LTML, Aaron will also lead a North of Sixty° expedition team in April 2013 on a pulking journey between two remote Inuit communities in Arctic Canada. With a passion for the Arctic, the environment, and education, Aaron has a long history of traveling within and working with communities in the circumpolar Arctic. He has completed education-related dogsledding and pulking expeditions throughout the region at least annually since 2004, tied to issues such as climate change, sustainability, and Arctic culture.

Aaron Doering

Aaron Doering, PhD

Expedition Leader; Project Investigator; Associate Professor, Learning Technologies; Co-Director, LT Media Lab
www.chasingseals.com

Aaron is an associate professor in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota. He holds the Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology and is a co-director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab. He is also a laureate of the prestigious humanitarian Tech Awards, and a fellow for the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. Since his childhood growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, he's always had a passion for the environment and for education. He believes our personal actions have a huge impact on our environment and that we need to be cognizant of how we're all interconnected. Aaron's academic writing focuses on how adventure learning impacts the classroom experience; designing and developing online learning environments; and K-12 technology integration. He's published over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and is co-author of the bestselling textbook Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching, and co-editor of the forthcoming The New Landscape of Mobile Learning: Redesigning Education in an App-based World.

Charles Miller

Charles Miller, PhD

Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies; Co-Director, LT Media Lab

Charlie is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the Learning Technologies program and a co-director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab. His research explores opportunities to transform the instructional experience through design, bridging the gap between aesthetic learning experiences and contemporary interaction design. With more than 14 years of new media design, development, and research experience, Charlie has received design awards from organizations such as USA Today, The Washington Post, American Scientist, Netscape, IBM, Adobe, the International Association of Science and Technology for Education, and Yahoo! for his work on projects ranging from environmental expeditions and political campaigns to photographers and educational initiatives. Design-wise, Charlie's future efforts are focused on the advancement of information visualization in online learning and the exploration of mobile design using the iPad with special education audiences. He is co-editor of the forthcoming The New Landscape of Mobile Learning: Redesigning Education in an App-based World.

Jeni Henrickson

Jeni Henrickson

PhD Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, LT Media Lab
Jeni is a PhD candidate in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota and a graduate research assistant for the Learning Technologies Media Lab. She is interested in researching and designing adventure learning environments, in exploring the uses of mobile and other emerging technologies in the K-12 classroom, and in getting kids outdoors, actively interacting with the natural environment and their local communities.
Brad Hosack

Brad Hosack

New Media Developer, LT Media Lab
Brad is an award-winning designer with over 14 years of experience in the field. He works full time in the Learning Technologies Media Lab as the Lead New Media Developer, responsible for creating all designs, wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and alpha versions for all lab projects. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Brad is a PhD student in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota, where his research focuses on how to design contemporary online learning environments emphasizing the learner's need to consume content. An approach that is integral in the creation of inviting and aesthetically pleasing designs that are functionally effective allowing for minimal effort by the user while maximizing their learning experience through efficient knowledge transfer.
Matti Koivula

Matti Koivula

PhD Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, LT Media Lab
Matti is a PhD candidate in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota and a graduate research assistant for the Learning Technologies Media Lab. He is interested in designing and developing information visualization graphics and researching how those visualizations can be used in educational setting. Matti is from Rovaniemi, Finland, which is located north of 60° latitude.