Global Updates From World View
November 2007

Virtual Museums and Tours from across the Globe

Want to enrich your daily classroom or need a break from the routine? Why not make global connections and take a virtual field trip and visit a museum or city without leaving the classroom. Or consider a video or web conference with museum educators. This month’s Global Update highlights unique opportunities for your students to “visit” museums and other sites from across the globe. This is just a sample of what is available on the world wide web.

Virtual Museums and Exhibits

#10 Downing Street
Enter through the door to one of the world’s most famous addresses. It is the home of British government serving as a meeting place of the British Cabinet, a reception venue for dignitaries from around the world and home to the British Prime Minister.

Ancient Stones of Scotland
Take a virtual tour of Stonehenge and more. The site has information, images and panoramic movies of 182 sites, ranging from the earliest settlements (dating from about 3500 BC), through the stone circles and standing stones, to the defense towers called brochs, built about 2000 years ago.

How Does Art Tell Stories?
An educational website from the Seattle Art Museum, "How Does Art Tell Stories?", uses works of art to teach about Hinduism, Buddhism, and the representation of gods in different cultures. The central figures shown are Buddha, Vishnu, and Ganesh, and the site is set up as an interactive game. (works best with Internet Explorer)

Live…from the Heart
Students have an opportunity to explore the human heart by viewing a live open heart surgery. Students can ask the surgical team questions about all things heart-related. Live...from the Heart provides a rare glimpse into the world of health professionals, offering an unparalleled career exploration experience. The program is available to middle school and high school classes. You have to be able to participate on one of the scheduled dates and be available for about 2-1/2 hours – the length of the surgery.

The Louvre
Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries and contemplate the façades of the Louvre from both inside and outside this museum.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Take a tour of 97 Orchard Street , the first homestead of urban working class and poor immigrant people preserved and interpreted in the United States. Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, an immigrant portal for almost two centuries, 97 Orchard Street was home to an estimated 7,000 people from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. Through the virtual tour you will experience life in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s and “meet” some of the past tenants.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Consider the Met's collection a virtual extension of your classrooms and see how teachers can integrate art into their daily curricula. The museum houses one of the largest and most varied collections of art in the world. Publications include a variety of illustrations and descriptions of selected works of art, historical and cultural background, lesson plans and activities, and other useful material. Current online units with an international flare include: the Art of Ancient Egypt; Byzantium: Faith and Power; China: Dawn of a Golden Age; and Flowers Underfoot: India Carpets of the Mughal Era. The museum also offers many more printable units focusing on art from around the world.

Museum of Science and Industry
Online exhibits include: the Coal Mine, Genetics: Decoding Life, The Great Train Story, Networld, Toymaker 3000, and U-505 Submarine.

The Mysteries of Çatalhöyϋk, Science Museum of Minnesota
Archaeologists are excavating the remains of a Neolithic town in Turkey, where 9,000 years ago, this place was one of the world's largest settlements. Join the team as they excavate this ancient city. Through this interactive archaeology exhibition students will see where and how people lived, what kinds of food they ate, and learn about the science and practices of archaeology.

The National Palace of Taiwan
Explore exciting exhibits examining Asian art including bronzes, ceramics, painting, and calligraphy. The e-Learning section has many interactive activities and tours for students.

NC Museum of History
The NC Museum of History offers virtual field trips where students see, hear, examine artifacts, participate in group activities, and talk with an expert at the museum all via two-way videoconferencing. Classes are free and meet specific goals of the NC Standard Course of Study. Materials and other information are available at

The Olympic Museum
Take a virtual tour of this museum, physically located in Switzerland, which promotes the union of sport, art and culture. Travel through time and see the history of the Olympic movement as you virtually tour the four floors of the museum.

Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America, the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has used its enormous amount of exploration material so visitors can learn more of the journey and virtually follow Lewis and Clark's expedition across the country.

Roman Open Air Museum, Hechingen-Stein
Take a virtual tour of a Roman Estate. On the website you can read the history of the villa, tour through the estate and park, and learn about the history of the Romans in southwest Germany.

State Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg, Russia. Visit the State Hermitage Museum virtually and see exhibits and panoramic views of rooms of the Winter Palace, and the Small, Large, and New Hermitages.

The Tower of London
The Tower of London has been the seat of British government and the living quarters of monarchs. It has housed lions, bears, and flightless ravens, as well as notorious traitors and members of court, lords and ministers, clergymen and knights. Enjoy a virtual tour of the tower and bridge. There is also a special tour for kids visiting the site.

Interested in London? Be sure to also check out Big Ben too!

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Online exhibitions present new subjects and also extend the reach of Museum public programs and special exhibitions. Current topics include: rescue and resistance, children, the aftermath, ghettos, anti-Semitism, persecution, propaganda, documentation and evidence, remembrance, and units of general reference about the Holocaust.

The Vatican Museums
Take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and see many famous works of art on this site. Detailed descriptions and historical information are provided.

Virtual Egyptian Museum, King Padibastet’s Tomb
Explore ancient Egypt through a series of images, commentaries, and interactive tools in this virtual museum, a joint venture between the California Institute of World Archaeology and the Senusret Collection.

Virtual Primates of Africa
Read information, see photographs, and hear vocalizations of some of Africa’s most amazing primates.

The Virtual Smithsonian
A site created to help commemorate the Smithsonian’s 150 th birthday, view over 360 artifacts from the 16 Smithsonian museums without leaving your chair. Also visit the newly created African American History and Culture Museum at the Smithsonian, where visitors to this virtual museum can participate in the development of the bricks and mortar version of the museum, slated to open in 2015, by contributing memories, essays, or recordings.

Virtual City / Country Tours

CARE Virtual Field Trips
Journey to different countries with CARE, an international non-governmental organization working to alleviate global poverty. Follow different groups, including students on one of their current virtual field trips are to Guatemala, Ghana, and Peru or view archived field trips to Bolivia, Kosovo, Haiti, Nepal, Mali, and Honduras.

View a photographic Journey through the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace and the Ming Tombs.

England, A Virtual Tour of London
A virtual tour of London with over 200 photos to explore, each with description and links.

India, A Virtual Village – Arampur
Take a virtual tour of Arampur, a village in the Bihar state of India. Visitors can “roam” the streets, “interview” members of the village, see photographs of daily life in the village, and more. The site may be a little old for elementary students but is definitely worth visiting. There also is a section for teachers.

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Explore Senegal with World View
June 15-26, 2008

Join a group of your peers on a 12-day study visit to Senegal, West Africa. Travelers will visit cultural, historical, religious, and educational institutions. World View Partner schools, school systems, and colleges are given priority. For an application packet and more information please visit: or contact Regina Higgins at


Carolina Center for Educational Excellence Workshop Series
Technology Tools for Global Education - Workshop Series

Dr. Bobby Hobgood, Director of Teacher Development, LEARN NC, School of Ed, UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Regina Higgins, Assistant Director for Curriculum, World View, UNC Chapel Hill

Series Overview: Recognizing the need to support teachers as they prepare students with 21 st Century Learning Skills, this series of 3-hour workshops focuses on the integration of global education into any classroom. Workshops are designed in a linear fashion to take the participant from the “tourist classroom” to creating a global classroom using technology. Participants who already possess rudimentary knowledge of global education may elect to begin with Session 3 in the series of workshops. The series includes the following workshops:

Session 1: What Is Global Education? Session 2: Exploring a Global Classroom Session 3: Crafting a Global Experience
Session 4: Participating in a Global Experience

For more information or to register visit


2007-08 North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN)
Seminars at UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Wilmington

The major themes to be covered in the 2007 NCTAN Seminar are the geographic determinants shaping the culture, history and economic development of East Asia; the nature of East Asian society, politics, literature, and culture; interactions among East Asian societies; East Asian history in the context of world history. The countries of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam are the primary focus of the seminar. The Saturday seminar sessions are arranged chronologically and cover a broad range of disciplines; geography, history and politics, religion and philosophy, literature, music and art. Each session is divided into a number of informative workshops which are led by faculty members and NCTAN Alumni teachers. Participants will be provided selected readings and assignments during the seminar.

For more information click here.


Project in Historical Education Workshop
How to Teach Religion in the History Classroom

Saturday, December 1
10am – 3pm

PHE's next workshop will tackle "How to Teach Religion in the History Classroom" on Saturday, December 1st.  It will be led by Dr. Laurie Maffly-Kipp, associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Maffly-Kipp will talk about analytical frameworks and categorizations as teaching strategies, and she will use those strategies on two case studies.  Dr. Maffly-Kipp currently teaches courses on the African American and Mormon religious experiences in modern America. 

The workshop will be held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence in Chapel Hill ( Continental breakfast and a full lunch will be provided. Each participant will earn .5 CEUs. There is no cost for this program.

PHE offers travel grants! The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation graciously provides a small stipend to interested teachers who live more than 100 miles from Chapel Hill to attend workshops. Stipend is paid at the end of the academic year 2007-08.  For more information, please click here.

To register please send an email to by November 27th.


International Affairs Council

It is time again to register one or more teams for the local WorldQuest competition, to be held February 16, 2008, at a TBD Triangle location. The local competition will mirror the national competition, which will take place on April 5 in Washington, DC.

Every high school from the Triangle east is invited to participate. There are four members to a team, and a school may enroll more than one team. Registration is $25 per team, due by December 31. Please mail to: IAC, P.O. Box 28124, Raleigh NC 27601.

The competition will include 100 questions based on the same 10 categories as the national competition. Categories are listed below and a study guide will be provided at a later date.
1. Countries This round will be on general knowledge questions about countries - type of government, geography, leaders, history, and current events.

2. Current Events This round will consist of questions on world news and world events happening in early 2008.

3. People in the News This round will focus on world leaders and newsmakers involved in events around the time of the competition.

4. Foreign Policy Association: Great Decisions 2007 Questions for this round will be drawn from these Great Decisions 2006 articles as well as updates posted on Topics for 2007 are: Middle East, Climate, Mexico, Migration, South Africa, War Crimes, Central Asia, and Children.

5. East Asia The focus of this round will be China, Japan, North and South Korea's politics, geography, history, and leaders.

6. Organization of American States This category will focus on the functioning of the OAS including leaders, member countries, treaties, and history.

7. Elections As the US prepares to elect a new president, this category will ask questions on how the rest of the world elects their leaders and transitions power between heads of state and government.

8. UN Peacekeeping Operations Throughout its history, the UN has organized numerous peacekeeping missions around the world, this category will ask about the operations, history, and legal precedence for UN Peacekeeping missions.

9. International Law, Sponsored by the American Society for International Law This category is based on the pamphlet "International Law: 100 Ways it Shapes Our Lives" produced by the American Society for International Law.

10. Econ 101 This category focused on a basic understanding of how the economy as a whole works, in order to provide students with a framework for viewing and interpreting the economic world around them.  Competitors should focus on the economic concepts, not economic formulas to be successful in this category.

Please contact IAC Executive Director Todd Culpepper at with questions.


Doors to Diplomacy Competition

The Department of State and the Global SchoolNet Foundation announce the
2008 "Doors to Diplomacy" award competition, recognizing the student-created Global SchoolNet Web projects that best teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy.

To qualify, middle school and high school students will work in small teams with teacher-coaches. Projects must be completed by March 15, 2008, and winners will be announced in May 2008. Every team that enters a project will receive a special "Doors to Diplomacy" certificate recognizing their achievement. Each student member of the two winning teams - one American and one international - will also receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches' schools will each receive a $500 cash award. For a complete description and information about eligibility and judging criteria, visit

For more information, contact:
Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres
Global SchoolNet
Telephone: 760-635-0001