Internet exchanges are a great way to facilitate cross-cultural understanding without the expense of traveling abroad. Students can now enjoy collaborating on class projects, practice their language skills, or have an online forum to discuss challenging global issues.
World View Global WebFriends:
A School Like Mine, pen pal program:
Electronic Emissary: emissary.wm.edu
ePALS.com Classroom Exchange: www.epals.com
Global Classroom Connection:
Global SchoolNet's Internet Projects Registry: www.globalschoolhouse.org/gsh
ICONS Project: www.icons.umd.edu
iEARN: International Education and Resource Network:
The following links introduce you to free communication tools. Many programs include a form of audio or audiovisual communication. The world is now smaller than you think. Take a chance, and see your students' learning come alive!
VoiceThread: VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that allows people to leave comments in 4 ways - using voice, text, audio file, or video. www.voicethread.com
WiziQ: Teachers and students anywhere in the world can connect and meet live in the virtual classroom for an online interactive class. www.wiziq.com
Skype: Skype is a software application downloaded onto your computer that lets you talk over the Internet to other people using Skype, anywhere in the world for free. www.skype.com
Virtual Museums and Field Trips: Consider taking a virtual field trip and visiting museums without the
expense of leaving the classroom. World View’s 2007 November Issue of Global Updates provides a sampling of virtual learning communities. www.unc.edu/world/
As you think “glocal”, don’t forget to use resources already available in your local community.
- Consider parents as partners
- Talk to international businesses
- Visit your Chamber of Commerce
- Connect with your local community college or university for speaker resources
- Talk to ethnic supermarket and restaurant owners about possible program sponsorship or field trips
Below is just a sampling of university-based centers and programs in North Carolina that provide FREE (or low cost) outreach services, programs, and resources to K-12 educators.
Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI): www.duke.edu/APSI
Center for European Studies: www.unc.edu/depts/europe
Center for Diversity Education: www.diversityed.org
Center for Global Initiatives: www.cgi.unc.edu
Center for Slavic, Eurasian, & East European Studies: www.unc.edu/depts/slavic
Center for South Asia Studies: www.jhfc.duke.edu/csas
Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies: www.duke.edu/web/carolinadukeconsortium/index.html
World View’s 2008 November Issue of Global Updates provides an extensive list of national and local grant opportunities for educators. Many of these grants accept proposals annually, so follow the links for ideas and find up-to-date information for the 2009-2010 school year. You’ll never win if you don’t apply! www.unc.edu/world/Global_Updates.shtml
Increase your students' and your own exposure to all things global! Here are a few easy suggestions:
- Facilitate Socratic seminars.
- Create or join a foreign book club.
- Sign up to have NY Times headlines delivered free daily to your email inbox.
- Check out foreign films from your local city or college library.
- Join global ed listservs.
- Participate in global festivals in your community.
You're not alone! Work together with your colleagues as a team to improve the global learning environment of your whole school. Try these simple suggestions to get started.
- Establish a Global Education Committee consisting of administrators, faculty, students, and parents.
- Collaborate across the curriculum (laterally and vertically). Students enjoy making the connection!
- Don’t forget to collaborate with schools abroad.
Endeavors often work better when you have a plan. World View has a simple Action Plan template to help you get started. Make sure you:
- Include a statement of objectives or goals.
- For each objective, list the implementation strategies (what, by whom, when, resources).
- For each objective, evaluate the evidence of progress and how/when evidence is gathered.
- For sample Action Plans, visit the World View Action Plan site www.unc.edu/world/action_plan.shtml
Adding a global component to your teaching is not an "add-on", but a necessity. Have fun, make learning come alive, and let your students explore the world. Here are a few more simple ideas that will help bring the world to your students.
- Find older or no longer used clocks and display different time zones around campus.
- Start off the class period with a famous quote from a local or international scholar.
- Start a multicultural club for students on campus.
- Create an International Parents Committee.
- Collect artifacts or ask someone you know who travels out of the U.S. to bring back menus, maps, city guides, children’s games, musical instruments, storybooks, and foreign currency.
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Do you have information that you would like to share with other educators across the state? You are welcome to submit interesting global education programs that are going on in your schools, announcements about global education seminars, new resources that others might find interesting, etc. Please email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org with your "update-worthy" items!
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