Global Updates From World View
February 2010

2010 Winter Olympic Games
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Resources for Educators 

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
(2004 Olympic Charter)

What do the New Crazy Canucks, the Flying Tomato, and the Cannibal* have in common?  No, this is not a new circus act or stars of the latest Hollywood film.  Guess again.  These are all 2010 Olympic hopefuls.  In just a short time the XXI Winter Olympic Games will begin in Vancouver, Canada.  With a completely revamped multimedia website ( and athletes from over 80 countries, the Olympic Committee has gone full steam ahead into the 21st century.  Over 5,500 athletes will compete in more than a dozen sports in a course of 17 days.  Opening ceremonies are February 12 and the XXI Winter Games will come to end at the official closing ceremony on February 28.  The Olympics will be followed by the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver.  Beginning in summer 2010 youth ages 14-18 will be able to compete in the new Youth Olympic Games.

emblemThe Summer and Winter Olympic Games are part of the Olympic Movement, which is governed by the International Olympic Committee.  The Winter Games, established in 1924, were originally held the same year as the Summer Olympics, but starting in 1994 the Winter Games are now two years after the summer games.  The Olympic Games are steeped in tradition.  One tradition is the creation of a new emblem and the “birth” of new mascots with each Olympic game.  The host country designs an emblem and mascot (or mascots) that best exemplifies the spirit of the games and the host country’s cultures or geography.  This year’s emblem is called Ilannaq, the Inuktitut word for friend.  The figure represents an inukshuk, or a traditional rock formation of a human figure.  These rock formations helped provide direction among the Inuit people of the Arctic and today are a symbol of hope and friendship. 

There are three mascots of the 2010 Winter Games: Sumi, an animal spirit, mascotsQuatchi, a sasquatch, and Miga, a young sea bear.  All characters were inspired by legends of the Pacific Northwest.  The playful mascots help connect younger generations to the Olympic Games. 

ringsThe symbol that always remains the same is that of the Olympic Rings.  The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914, and debuted at the 1920 Antwerp Games.  Each ring is a different color on a white background.  The colors white, red, blue, green, yellow, and black were chosen because each nation had at least one of these colors in its national flag.

Another tradition is the lighting of the Olympic Torch.  The Olympic Flame is always lit in a traditional ceremony in Olympia, Greece and travels throughout the country before being passed to representatives of the host country’s Olympic committee.  The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is over 100 days long and over 12,000 torchbearers will participate in carrying the torch across Canada, traveling by land, air, and water.  The torch is carried into the stadium during the opening ceremony by a runner and delivered to the last carrier who will light the Olympic Cauldron.  The identity of this person is kept a secret until the ceremony however it is often a well-known athlete from the host country.  It is an honor to light the Olympic Cauldron’s fire, which will remain lit throughout the games.  The flame represents peace, brotherhood, and friendship.  For an interactive map of the torch’s journey, click here.

Athletes from around the world compete for medals.  First place finishers are awarded a gold, second a silver, and third a bronze.  As with all Olympic Games, the winners receive their medals upon a podium with the gold medal winner in the center and positioned higher than the other finishers.  As the winners receive their medals around their necks the first place finisher’s national anthem is played.  Although this tradition is carried out at each Olympic Game, the design of the medal varies from year to year and is the responsibility and honor of the host country.  The only requirements are that the Olympic medals must be at least 60 millimeters in diameter and at least three millimeters thick. Gold and silver medals must be made of 92.5 percent pure silver; the gold medal must be gilded with at least six grams of gold.

Join in the Olympic spirit!  Through the Olympics we can help students connect to the world.  Not sure where to start?  Visit the official XXI Vancouver site:
for the latest Olympic updates, medal counts, and educator resources.  For more resources and Olympic fun facts, see below.

* The New Crazy Canucks are a new breed of skiers named after the original Crazy Canucks from the ‘80s.  These daredevil downhill skiers hail from Canada and will compete in Alpine events.  The Flying Tomato is the one-and-only Shaun White, a genius on a snowboard.  White, from the U.S., wowed the crowd and won a gold medal in the 2006 Olympics in Turin.  The Cannibal is talented Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler, who has won four consecutive medals in the 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006 Olympics.




Lessons Plans, Activities, or Interactive Sites on the Olympics

Vancouver 2010 Education Programs:

Olympic Game Zone:

The Olympic Museum (contains two virtual exhibits):

Science of the Winter Olympic Games:

2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver, Canada Teaching Resources:

A to Z Teacher Stuff: Olympics:

The Ancient Olympics:

BBC: Ancient Greece:

EDSITEMent, Live from Ancient Olympia!:  

Education World:

The Lesson Plans Page:

Microsoft, The Olympic Games:

Scholastic, The Olympic Games:

U.S. Olympic Committee:
and U.S. Olympic Committee Materials for Teachers:  and


Fun Olympic Facts

1.) Olympic sites are chosen several years in advance.  The future sites which have already been determined are:
London, United Kingdom - Summer 2012
Sochi, Russia – Winter 2014
Rio de Janeiro – Summer 2016

2.) The first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896.

3.) Women were first able to compete in the Olympics in 1900.

4.) The Olympic Games were cancelled in 1916, 1940, and 1944 due to World Wars I and II.

5.) Previous Olympic Locations include:

Olympic Summer Games:

Athens, Greece 1896

Berlin, Germany 1936

Moscow, USSR 1980

Paris, France 1900

London, Great Britain 1948

Los Angeles, USA 1984

St. Louis, USA 1904

Helsinki, Finland 1952

Seoul, Korea 1988

London, Great Britain 1908

Melbourne/Stockholm, Australia 1956

Barcelona, Spain 1992

Stockholm, Sweden 1912

Rome, Italy 1960

Atlanta, USA 1996

Antwerp, Belgium 1920

Tokyo, Japan 1964

Sydney, Australia 2000

Paris, France 1924

Mexico City, Mexico 1968

Athens, Greece 2004

Amsterdam, Netherlands 1928

Munich, Germany 1972

 Beijing, China 2008

Los Angeles, USA 1932

Montreal, Canada 1976


Olympic Winter Games:

Chamonix, France 1924

Squaw Valley, USA 1960

Calgary, Canada 1988

St. Moritz, Switzerland 1928

Innsbruck, Austria 1964

Albertville, France 1992

Lake Placid, USA 1932

Grenoble, France 1968

Lillehammer, Norway 1994

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1936

Sapporo, Japan 1972

Nagano, Japan 1998

St. Moritz, Switzerland 1948

Innsbruck, Austria 1976

Salt Lake City, USA 2002

Oslo, Norway 1952

Lake Placid, USA 1980

Turin, Italy 2006

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy 1956

Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 1984


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On Tuesday, January 12 the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas were struck by a devastating earthquake. Since the earthquake many resources and lessons have been developed to help students better understand this situation. Here are just a few:

The Haitian Crisis: Thinking Historically, from Choices at Brown University
Students are challenged to think beyond the earthquake and consider the role of Haiti's rich history in the current crisis. Students explore the historical reasons for Haiti's poverty and its relationship with the United States. Free, one day lesson.

Project Haiti: Holding a Teach-In, from the New York Times Learning Network
In this lesson, students either participate in a personal response activity or engage in an in-depth teach-in project, researching topics related to the earthquake and presenting their findings to the community. They then develop proposals for a community service plan and choose one or more to implement.

Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments, from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Site includes animations and visualizations, as well as a set of slides created in the first hours after the earthquake with information to use in middle school, high school or college classes and much more.

Helping Haiti from the Classroom, from Peace Corps Connect
The National Peace Corps Association is keeping an updated site with links that provide materials for teaching about the people, history and culture of Haiti as well as natural disasters and how to engage students in relief efforts.

If you'd like to find out how you or your students can make a donation to support immediate needs and recovery efforts, please visit the links below.

American Red Cross

Heifer International

International Committee of the Red Cross

Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders

Mercy Corps

Partners in Health

UN World Food Programme

World View is not endorsing any of these organizations. The list is just a starting point for you and we encourage you to do your own research.

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Latin America and North Carolina
March 23-24, 2010

Co-sponsored by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke University & The Jack and Mary McCall Foundation
This seminar offers insights into Latin America and support for all K-12 and community college educators facing the challenges and opportunities of our growing immigrant student population. Help your Latino students succeed in school by learning about Latin America, critical issues facing Latino students, and new teaching strategies to support students and their families. One-and-a-half CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

East Asia in the 21st Century
March 24-25, 2010

Co-sponsored by the Asian/ Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University
East Asia plays a strategic role in shaping our global economy and we need to better understand this region of the world. Explore Chinese, Japanese, and Korean culture, history, politics, and relationships with the world and learn strategies for integrating East Asian themes across the curriculum. This program is designed for all K-12 and community college educators. One-and-a-half CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

Seminar Cost (NC educators): Registration is $150 per person per seminar or $275 for both seminars. A Team of 4 is $500 per seminar. A Team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school, college, or district. Only $125 for each additional Team member per seminar. REGISTER FOR BOTH SEMINARS OR AS A TEAM AND SAVE!

Seminar Cost (Out-of-State Educators): Registration is $250 per person per seminar.

For more information, or
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June 23-July 4, 2010*

Learn about Brazil's youth, culture, history, and contemporary issues by traveling with World View. Participants will visit schools, cultural, historical, and natural sites in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia (Salvador, Cachoeira, Arambepe) to explore issues of education, race, class, and poverty. Gain the confidence to add global content to your teaching, make lasting connections, and help create a global learning environment at your school or college. *dates subject to change

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  • Alexander County Educators Travel to Mexico
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  • Durham Tech's New Center for the Global Learner
  • Letterboxing in McDowell County
  • and more!

Summer Language Program for American and Chinese Students (ages 10-14)
July 3 - August 1, 2010

Sponsored by the East Wind West Wind Foundation, this is the first camp of its kind in the United States. Coming from Chongqing, China will be 30 Chinese students who will join 30 Americans for a month of an intensive language and cross-cultural educational exchange on the campus of Western Carolina University. The Americans will study Mandarin while the Chinese learn English. Highly qualified bi-lingual Mandarin teachers from Chongqing and highly qualified ESL teachers in the US will lead language sessions.  For more information or an application, please click here or contact Dr. Roy Douthitt,

Summer Study in Moscow, Russia
June 22-July 28, 2010

A five-week program focusing on area studies, Contemporary Russia offers courses in Russian economics, politics, and culture; all content-based classes are taught in English by faculty of the State University: Higher School of Economics, one of Russia's most prestigious centers for the study of social sciences. Program participants receive ten hours per week of Russian language instruction geared toward their skill level. No prior knowledge of Russian is required. Participants are registered for academic credit at Bryn Mawr College.

Other program features include room and board with Russian families; a full-time Resident Direct who oversees the program; weekly cultural excursions; Russian peer tutors; and pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.

Twelve finalists will be selected to receive full program funding from the U.S. Department of Education under the Fulbright-Hays Act. Participants are responsible for the $850 administrative fee; the cost of domestic transportation in the United States (to from Washington, D.C.); and for incidentals.

To be eligible applicants must be (1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently K-12 teachers of culture, history, or literature, or (2) U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are graduate students or rising juniors and seniors at the undergraduate level, and plan to pursue a career in teaching.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2010. More information and applications are available at: or through

Telephone: (202) 833-7522

January 26, 2009 – May 2, 2010
Hickory Museum of Art
Hickory, North Carolina

Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee takes young audiences on an inspiring, hands-on journey into the extraordinary lives of children who are forced to flee their homes and seek safety in a new land. Visitors of all ages can explore what it means to be a refugee and better understand their hardships and hope for a brighter future. For more information and educator resources please visit:

COLLABORATIONS: Humanities, Arts, and Technology (CHAT) Festival
February 16-20, 2010
UNC at Chapel Hill
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities of UNC-Chapel Hill will present, for the first time, a digital arts and humanities festival on the UNC campus. The festival will celebrate collaborations among humanities, arts and technology, including their application to education.

As part of the festival, the UNC School of Education is organizing sessions for K-12 teachers that translate festival topics into classroom-friendly ideas for integrating technology and teaching. Hands-on workshops will feature technologies such as Voice Thread, wikis, and handheld devices. Faculty and doctoral students from UNC and N.C. State will facilitate these sessions.

CHAT will draw together the region's diverse digital resources in performances, discussions, demonstrations and workshops. Festival events will explore ways in which digital technologies are changing how we learn, think, know, teach and express ourselves, both as individuals and as communities.

K-12 teachers are being admitted for free. Click here for registration materials.

For more information: