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K-12 Professionals

FLP 9: Journey 2050 Exploration

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Virginia Deitz

Grading: Letter

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Course completion December 12, 2018

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $50 + $50 registration fee payable to NDFB

Course Description:

This course will take the teachers on a virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability. Journey 2050 is an online simulation that will allow educators to make decisions on a virtual farm and witness their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale.  Teachers to explore and understand the core question, “How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050?”  They will complete their own online Journey 2050 module and a career exploration lesson with students during the course. The lessons introduce and utilize the 5E Instruction Model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.  https://nasaeclips.arc.nasa.gov/teachertoolbox/the5e The lessons are aligned in multiple content areas: language arts, science, health, art, consumer education, mathematics, social studies, geography, and more. The information will be given as an online correspondence course.


1.  Understand the core question, “How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050?” Describe population growth, explain sustainable and the ripple effect.  Understand the role of food waste in our world.

2.  Identify the primary soil nutrients necessary for the production of abundant and healthy food.  Discover how plant health impacts the plant’s ability to resist disease and pests.

3. Develop an understanding of the limited amount of fresh water on earth and the need for conservation and protection related to population growth and agriculture.

4. Learn about the relationship between a sustainable economy and the environment.  Understand the ripple effect from production agriculture and its effect on local and global economies.

5. Identify and use learning activities to gain perspectives regarding the connections of food, land, and people.

6. Use online career exploration tools to help students identify personal interests and explore related careers that can impact world food needs.

"The course taught me to use this fun and educational class with my own students. It's an exceptional class and very worthwhile for students to know where their food comes from, job opportunities and multiple other lessons."

"I really liked how they identified the sustainability issues that are facing agriculture now and especially in the future. I thought with the program was really interesting to see how choices really affect the score of the farmer. The whole program was well worth it."

"I already have recommended this course to several colleagues as it was very educational but fun for students."

"Very useful course."

"Good class relating to science, technology or social studies."


All materials provided electronically via Google Classroom.

About The Instructor

Virginia Deitz

Virginia earned her M.A. & B.A. from Minnesota State University in Reading with concentration in Learning Disabilities, Elementary & Special Education. She received several awards including the ND Teacher of the Year in 2001 and has served as President of the ND Reading Association. Virginia has 41 years teaching experience in ND Public Schools.

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