These videos were filmed on April 5, 2012 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic and wants to preserve the most famous ship in history from plunder and decay. Among the world's most accomplished deep-sea explorers, Robert Ballard is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents, the sunken R.M.S. Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career, Ballard has conducted more than 120 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology, and he is a pioneer in the early use of deep-diving submarines.
- Video 1: Restore the Titanic. On the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, co-discoverer of the wreck Robert Ballard shares the story of its discovery, details of the ship's condition, and his plans to preserve this iconic piece of history. (20:29 min.)
- Video 2: Painting the Titanic. Robert Ballard shares his plans to restore the Titanic. (2:55 min.)
- Video 3: Titanic's Graveyard. Robert Ballard remembers the victims of the wreck and makes an argument for why the Titanic should be protected. (2:30 min.)
Strategies for Using Video in a Variety of Learning Environments
- Have students preview several of the videos and choose the one they find most inspiring. Have students describe in writing a conversation they might have with the speaker(s).
- Freeze the video on a relevant image. Have students observe details in the still image and jot down predictions of what the full video might address. Discuss students’ ideas before and after watching the video.
- Pose an open-ended question before students watch the video, and have them discuss their ideas before and after in small groups.
- Have students determine what they think the key message of this video is. Was the speaker effective in getting his or her message across?
- Show a short clip to engage students during class, and then have students watch the full video at home and write a paragraph responding to the content or a question you give them.
- Have students note statements that represent facts or opinions, including where it’s difficult to tell the difference. What further research might help distinguish facts vs. opinions? How might the speaker’s viewpoint compare with others’ viewpoints about a topic?
For Further Exploration
- National Geographic News: Titanic Is Falling Apart
- National Geographic Explorers: Robert Ballard, Ocean Explorer
- National Geographic Magazine: Why is Titanic Vanishing?
- National Geographic Magazine: Titanic Revisited
- National Geographic News: New Bacteria Found on Titanic; Eats Metal
- National Geographic News: New Titanic Pictures Mark 25th Anniversary of Discovery
- National Geographic News: Retrieval of Titanic Artifacts Stirs Controversy
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ancient Rome Noun
civilization founded on the Mediterranean Sea, lasting from the 8th century BCE to 476 CE.
harm that reduces usefulness or value.
remains of something broken or destroyed; waste, or garbage.
terrible and damaging event.
pre-eminent explorers and scientists collaborating with the National Geographic Society to make groundbreaking discoveries that generate critical scientific information, conservation-related initiatives and compelling stories.
site where many bodies are buried.
chemical used for color.
to rob or steal.
protection from use.
Robert Ballard Noun
(1942-present) oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
to dissolve and form a brittle coating, as iron does when exposed to air and moisture.
remains of a sunken marine vessel.
bones of a body.
luxury cruise ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
underwater archaeologist Noun
person who studies artifacts and features found at the bottom of lakes, rivers, and oceans.