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There are phrases that, if we use them more often, will result in others perceiving us in a way that will build bridges and increase trust.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretive Leadership, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Facilitating adult learning is different than working with children and very few of us have explicit training in this area. Learn some tips here!
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Explore what 21st Century Skills are and begin to think about how you can address them in the education programs at your site.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Watch this fun 6 minute talk that gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning and get students excited about how the world works.
Published by: | Content Team: Trainer Toolbox, Service Wide Skills

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This article from DigitalGov addresses five common myths about social media accessibility as well as why accessible content is so important.
Published by: | Content Team: Digital Strategy & Services, Service Wide Skills

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This short e-book provides 5 easy writing tips for creating interesting and engaging content that will catch and hold your audience's attention.
Published by: | Content Team: Learning and Development, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate

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There are hundreds of professional development opportunities offered by national parks this resource provides a few tips to help you think about planning
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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The NPS Director created an Accessibility Task Force to recommend a more effective organizational approach to improving accessibility across the service.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Find a series of quick reference guides to help you build new digital experiences for your visitors. The guides are easily downloadable as PDFs, or browsable right here on the CLP.
Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields
Updated May 4, 2020

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Use this Interpretive Bingo tool to help you analyze interpretive materials and media on their relevance, visitor participation, proper techniques and more!
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpretive Leadership

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This series of videos demonstrates how to take a bock of text and use it to create a clear and compelling visual sequence Images and Formatting.
Published by: | Content Team: Trainer Toolbox, Service Wide Skills

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Social media can be an audience centered, resource driven experience – the resource is the battery and the visitor is the light that shines.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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What if assessment was more than tests, exams, and quizzes? What if assessment could become a park educator’s best friend?
Published by: | Content Team: Youth Programs, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate

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After interpreters and archeologists work together to develop an interpretive product, the product continues to require maintenance. Learn how to develop a useful maintenance plan for your product in this resource!
Published by: | Content Team: Archeology, Cultural Resources Stewardship, NPS Career Fields

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Audience Beliefs and Attitudes About Climate Change is a Power Point presentation about the Six Americas Report by NPS Instructor Angie Richman.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics

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The Audience Centered Experience (ACE) approach to interpretation allows parks to gain skills in critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, global awareness and scientific literacy.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Foundations of Interpretation

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This course develops training and coaching skills for those who provide audience centered interpretive training in their parks.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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These lesson plans are tailor-made to mix and match, helping seasonals or returning employees encounter the skills of Audience Centered interpretation.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpretive Leadership

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This short e-book presents lessons about e-Learning design and development by comparing common mistakes to the bane of the season: Holiday Sweaters.
Published by: | Content Team: Learning and Development, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate

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This full-length video walks you through the basic functionality available to you in PowerPoint and demonstrates how to use each effectively.
Published by: | Content Team: Trainer Toolbox, Service Wide Skills

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Overview This video focuses on the raw essence of digital interpretation.  What does that word mean?  When we say “offer a connection,” what exactly does that mean? Are audience members just passive vessels to fill?  And what is this whole co-creation thing all about? The Diginterp Indepth series is a live video hangout featuring interpretive
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpretive Media

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This article encourages interpreters to communicate a variety of relevant meanings and values to their audiences as times evolve and change.
Published by: | Content Team: Foundations of Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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These best practices and attitudes can serve as guidelines for communicating with the public about critic or controversial issues such as climate change.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics

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As more school districts move towards a blended learning model, it is important to know the advantages and challenges such an approach presents.
Published by: | Content Team: Youth Programs, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate

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Learn effective techniques to engage your audience and encourage reflection and expression in your interpretive programs.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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September 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School where nine students shaped American history.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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This competency describes how interpreters can continuously learn about, engage with, and build audience and community at their sites.
Published by: | Content Team: Foundations of Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Share ideas and discuss how to build relevant education programs in national parks. The resources and ideas expressed here were created from the For Educators, By Educators monthly webinar.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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This easy-to-read chart outlines the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of techniques for facilitated dialogue.
Published by: | Content Team: Foundations of Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Via a study conducted by New York University's Dolly Chugh, learn more about bias and strategies to reduce your implicit bias.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Learn how to transform your website into a thriving hub of a much larger creative community by just checking the fuel gauge and seeing how full of good, useful content your website is.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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This video discusses different communication mediums and how to choose the best method to send your message to ensure you are heard and understood.
Published by: | Content Team: Learning and Development, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate, Trainer Toolbox, Service Wide Skills

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Citizen science is a great thing to do in national parks! This page provides guidance, resources, toolkits, and related information.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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This video series highlights the National Park Service's unique position on responding to climate change and connecting with the public.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science

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These short videos highlight some of the climate change impacts and related scientific research that is occurring in national parks.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics

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Examples of techniques and strategies for interpreting climate change in which audience members are included as co-creators of their experiences.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics

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For this activity, you’ll be watching or listening to a short interpretive program, then trying your hand at coaching the interpreter who offered that product. Dave’s Program Your coachee is Dave. You’ll learn a bit more about Dave in a bit. But first, take an opportunity to watch Dave’s program: Getting to Know Dave Of
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Learn more about the Common Core and how it encourages teachers to offer up complex content for their students to analyze, look for biases, and solve problems.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Learn about the de-escalation model, S.L.O.W., and the ways you can implement the model in your interactions with park visitors.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Downloadable, printable, and sharable "Connecting Youth to Parks" guidebook to "help youth organizations find information to plan a visit"
Published by: | Content Team: Youth Programs, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate

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This guidance is for archeologists who are working with educators to create lesson plans that use archeological artifacts and 3D technology.
Published by: | Content Team: Archeology, Cultural Resources Stewardship, NPS Career Fields

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Tips to help you create better visual elements in your presentations - PowerPoint and otherwise.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Learning and Development, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate, Service Wide Skills

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This resource will help you design curriculum-based materials and activities that can be posted on the NPS Educators Portal as a lesson plan.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Designing education opportunities to measure and ensure student learning is occurring is essential, and it doesn't have to be a test or quiz. Learn alternate forms here.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Essential Questions help focus content on the crucial & important parts of a lesson. Good questions provoke thought & encourage students to think critically about the subject.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Objectives inform students of the purpose of the lesson & what they can expect to learn by the end of the lesson or activity. Learn how to create quality objectives for your lesson plans.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Learn how to make the background information in your lesson plan bring your park to life within the context of a classroom curriculum.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Interpreters and educators do not practice in a vacuum; they bring to their work personal experiences, values, and biases. Learn more about cultural competency and bias here!
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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What interests you? What do you love learning about? Building Audience Centered Experiences (ACE) is all about how curious we are
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Foundations of Interpretation

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This competency describes the skills for designing visitor experience through collaboration, knowledge of medium and technique, analysis and iteration.
Published by: | Content Team: Foundations of Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Dialogic questions are the heartbeat of audience-centered experiences. Here are guidelines and examples of dialogic questions.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Foundations of Interpretation

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Hear from experts at the CDC and State Department on how best to use digital tools like social media to communicate with the public during a crisis.
Published by: | Content Team: Digital Strategy & Services, Service Wide Skills

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This order sets forth policy and assigns responsibilities for administering the Fee Program, including legal requirements, roles and types of fees.
Published by: | Content Team: Recreation Fees, Administration and Business Services, NPS Career Fields

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This video highlights the ways we need to change our thinking about what we put on our slides and how we do it.
Published by: | Content Team: Trainer Toolbox, Service Wide Skills

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This handout provides useful guidance for interpreters on embracing controversy as an interpretive tool, while avoiding the pitfalls of conflict.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics

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How can park educators, interpreters, and educators can utilize techniques of historical studies to enhance student learning on visits to national parks?
Published by: | Content Team: Youth Programs, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate

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Learn how a social studies teacher created an escape room experience to engage his students and allow them to demonstrate mastery of his course content.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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An essential theme question is a building block of an audience-centered experience. Learn the qualities & some examples of good essential theme questions.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Foundations of Interpretation

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This study investigated the immediate impacts of the EVER day (Shark Valley and Royal Palm) and residential/camping (Loop Road and Hidden Lake) programs.
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Youth Programs, Workforce and Inclusion Directorate

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Examples of potential strategies and techniques for interpreting the significance and relevance of climate change at national parks
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics

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This collection of facilitated dialogue brown bag resources can help you create your own conversations that lead the way to a more inclusive, diverse NPS.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion (RDI), Workforce and Inclusion Directorate

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Example of a facilitated dialogue program on immigration -- Kitchen Conversations from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New Your City.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics

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Example of an arc of dialogue for a Facilitated Dialogue Program to interpret climate change; developed by the Internat'l Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics, National Capital Area- NPS Region 1

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Example of an Outline for a Facilitated Dialogue Program on Endangered Species; developed by Carol Blaney, interpretive trainer and consultant
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics

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This page provides access to a "starter kit" of resources to help you develop and hone your skills in facilitated dialogue.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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This manual was written during the summer of 1995. The primary author, Julie Reed, was interning at the Georgetown University Volunteer and Public Service Center at the time. “Reflection” is a vital component of service-learning. This manual was designed for educators and leaders of service groups who have an interest and a commitment to provide
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The Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit provides best practices and tips on ensuring that all social media content is accessible to everyone.
Published by: | Content Team: Digital Strategy & Services, Service Wide Skills

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These free webinars presented by educators from parks all over America can give you new ideas and best practices to power your education programming.
Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields
Updated January 9, 2020

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This course focuses on the interpreter’s role as a facilitator of dialogue and collaboration and how to use these techniques in park programming.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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The Facilitated Dialogue Coaching Form is for use by supervisors and peer coaches to assess facilitated dialogue as an interpretive experience.
Published by: | Content Team: Foundations of Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Educators have a role to play in creating classrooms where students learn to listen respectfully to different opinions and experiences
Published by: | Content Team: Curriculum-based Education, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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The Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands is offering an online certificate program aimed at helping professionals establish a strong foundation in the physical and programmatic components of accessibility compliance. During the four-unit course, participants will explore various components of disability and accessibility, access, and standards and guidelines for accessible design. Each of the
Content Team: Accessibility, Service Wide Skills
Delivery: Distance
Oct 5 - Dec 18, 2020 Register Now

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Looking to build your interpretive skills? There’s no need to pay for tuition or fees to get the latest and greatest interpretive learning. So much of it lives right here in the Common Learning Portal! From workbooks and activities you can explore, to books and blogs you should read, there’s so many resources to help
Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields
Updated April 27, 2020

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In 1975, Freeman Tilden, the author of "Interpreting Our Heritage" and pioneer in the field of Interpretation, shared his hopes for the American Bicentennial.
Published by: | Content Team: Foundations of Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Learn how to use the RBMS Point of Sale (POS) for collecting fees, managing passes, remitting and depositing collections, and running financial reports.
Published by: | Content Team: Recreation Fees, Administration and Business Services, NPS Career Fields

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In this resource, learn how to send invites to volunteers and partners so they can join the CLP.
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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Watch this new TEDx Talk by Dr. Theresa Coble from University of Missouri – St. Louis, about how to lean into our difficult histories to grieve and to heal.
Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpreting Critical Issues and Hot Topics
Updated February 5, 2018

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This fact sheet provides considerations for making transportation systems accessible for persons with disabilities as well as offering additional links.
Published by: | Content Team: Accessibility, Service Wide Skills, Roads, Trails and Grounds, Facility Management and Operations, NPS Career Fields

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This handout helps explain the four phases of the Arc of Dialogue model of interpretation, moving interpreters through each phase.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Foundations of Interpretation

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Explains the components of facilitated dialogue and includes a suite of techniques interpreters can use to elicit audience input and expression.
Published by: | Content Team: Foundations of Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields

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This video addresses questions such as why is the internet obsessed with copying, what exactly are remixes and how can I encourage visitors to make them?
Published by: | Content Team: Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields, Interpretive Media

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Gain a new perspective as you discover the parallels between historical and design thinking.
Published by: | Content Team: Audience Centered Interpretation, Interpretation and Education, NPS Career Fields
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