What is Narrative Atlas?

Narrative Atlas is an initiative that helps students develop new skills to communicate and collaborate with overseas counterparts, gain knowledge of the global challenges represented by the SDGs, and take action in their community in response to these challenges.


To power the Narrative Atlas initiative, MapWorks Learning has developed a customized online platform to facilitate classroom-to-classroom collaboration around the SDGs. The platform is a private, password-protected, invitation-only space.


When teachers and students work together with counterparts in other places to tackle real-world problems, learning becomes more engaging and learners see how their studies connect to their futures and how their futures connect to the world.  As a natural outcome of their collaboration, young people make new friends and deepen understanding by sharing their stories through direct communication, videoconferencing, video production, mapmaking, and other digital media. School-to-school relationships can last a couple months or many years and the friendships last for a lifetime.


Students in partner classrooms follow parallel lesson plans, engage with one another online to learn about global challenges, such as climate change, water quality, and environmental degradation, and teach one another about the way these challenges affect their own communities.

Digital Storytelling

Through digital storytelling, students teach one another about the ways global challenges affect their own communities. Narrative Atlas provides a robust tool set for authoring and collaborating on video production, Story Maps, and other media.

Global Citizens

The Narrative Atlas initiative incorporates innovative teaching practices and learning technologies to transmit to youth around the world the critical competencies of global citizenship—knowledge, skills, and opportunities to effectively:

  • explore and study the world,
  • communicate ideas thoughtfully and responsibly,
  • understand and respect the perspectives of other cultures,
  • collaborate across cultures, and
  • take positive action in their own communities.

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