Global Updates From World View
August 2011

Budget-Friendly Global Education Resources

Adding or enhancing a global dimension to your teaching doesn’t have to break the bank! Below are dozens of global education resources, ideas, or services that are free or reasonably priced.  We hope that the 2011 school year is off to a good start as you help connect your students to the world!


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. Some programs that provide services to facilitate an international collaboration or exchange include:

US Department of Education: Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet
The Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration was developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were prepared as part of the Department of Education's International Education Initiative. The guide is designed for online access and teachers will find many suggestions to begin or expand classroom projects that reach across the globe.


Listed below are some of World View's favorites:

6 Billion Others (
This website allows students to hear and compare the testimonies of over 5,000 members of humanity as they answer the same questions about their fears, dreams, ordeals, hopes. (
Instantly create colorful concept maps online.  You can then share, post to a Website, save, or print your work.

Chatzy (
Simple tool for online chats among groups of teachers or students.  There is no registration process; just send an invitation e-mail and begin!

Diigo (
Through this bookmarking and annotation tool, classes mark and share Websites adding “sticky note” comments and participating in threaded discussions.

Edublogs (
Create, manage, and moderate blogs for your classes. Also allows you to organize students’ blogs in one place and host online discussions.

Flickr (
Find thousands of images from photographers around the world. Many images are labeled for common use and can enliven your Websites, newsletters, and projects.  Students can browse a world map to see photos of specific locations or access photos from the Library of Congress.  For an easy tool to properly cite flickr images, visit

Gapminder (
Gapminder uses Trendalyzer, an information visualization software, to display various animated statistics about the world's countries.

Google Lit Trips (
Winner of the 2008 Goldman-Sachs Foundation Prize for Excellence in International Education for Media/Technology, this site combines Google Earth’s mapping technologies with current language arts curriculum to create the greatest road trip stories of all time.

International Children’s Digital Library (
The ICDL is a collection of online books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Readers can select, view, and virtually turn the pages of over 4346 books in 54 languages.

Newseum (
Explore the website of the world's first interactive museum of news, featuring daily front pages from more than 200 U.S. and international newspaper front pages, news trivia, in-depth features on global conflict, the Holocaust, editorial cartoons, and photojournalism, and much more.

PBWorks (
Make a Website that others can access to edit and collaborate.  Students can share their work with classmates, parents, and community or collaborate on a shared document.

Skype (
Lets you talk over the internet to people around globe.  With an inexpensive microphone and camera, download this free software and introduce your class to the world!

Surveymonkey (
A free tool to make easy online surveys. Provides several different formats for questions and answers and painlessly interprets the results in numbers, charts, and graphs.

TheFuturesChannel (
Produces video programs about careers and real-world applications of math and science with a specific focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Many videos are available free of charge; other videos are available through a subscription.

ThinkQuest (
Students and teachers choose a topic for a Thinkquest project.  Collaborating with counterparts from around the world, students design an educational Website incorporating writing, videos, games, and surveys. Others’ Thinkquests are available for use in your classroom.

Twitter (
After a quick registration, twitter allows users to share short messages with anyone around the world.  Educators can follow the “tweets” of other educators, post messages for parents, and incorporate twitter into lesson plans.

VoiceThread (
A collaborative, multimedia slideshow, Voicethread allows people to share comments on slides, images,  documents, or videos using text, audio file, video, or even your telephone!

WebQuest (
This comprehensive Website, hosted by San Diego State University faculty, is a collection of Webquests, tips for Webquest creation, and pedagogical research.  Webquests guide students through activities incorporating online information and resources.

WorldMapper (
Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized in unique proportions in accordance to the subject of interest.

Wordle (
Turns a list of words into a cloud pattern. Use this quick visual tool to summarize, reflect, and assess students’ word usage.

YouTube and TeacherTube (,
With 65,000 videos uploaded each day, you can search for video clips related to a topic and add multimedia to any lesson.  You can also share your videos with others around the world. As YouTube is a public site, some content may be inappropriate for the classroom. TeacherTube shares videos specifically for educational use and is school district firewall friendly! If you need to convert your YouTube clips to an acceptable format, try


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 for globalizing the K-12 curriculum or enhancing global education initiatives in schools.



Globalizing North Carolina schools starts with each of us staying informed about the world in which we live. Here are some ways you can go global:

  • Stay on top of current events by checking out the daily international headlines from news sources such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, and The New York Times. Check out headlines from around the world by going to .
  • Read the latest articles in the Economist, Educational Leadership, and other periodicals or pick up a good book with an international theme or written by an international author (see last month’s Global Updates on global summer readings). Create or join a foreign book club.
  • Check out foreign films from your local city or college library.
  • Participate in professional development programs that focus on global education, global themes, or a specific world region. (Have you registered for the World View fall global education symposium?  Click for more information.)
  • Take a virtual trip. See our November 2007 issue of Global Updates for more ideas.
  • Increase your exposure to all things international! Charlotte and Raleigh have International festivals this fall. You can also eat at a local ethnic restaurant, shop in an ethnic supermarket, or join in at a festival or celebration.


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


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.


Do you have information to share?

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 with your "update-worthy" items!

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Maps that Stretch Minds Competition

Free Webinar: Infusing Business in the Mandarin Classroom

International Festival of Raleigh

Goran Bregovic to Perform at Duke

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World View’s 2011 Symposiums explore the ten years post September 11 and how this significant 21st century event has shaped global perspectives in geopolitics, East-West relations, and educational discourse. We also will look at the nature and causes of international conflict, human rights, peace resolutions, and more. These symposiums offer general sessions, concurrent sessions, and support for school and college-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing schools and colleges. These programs are designed for administrators and teachers of all grade levels and disciplines, and provide current information and unique strategies for helping students learn about the world.

Date: K-12 Program, October 19-20. College Program, November 9-10.

Location: The Friday Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cost (North Carolina Educators): Registration is $175 per person. A team of 4 is $600 (save $100). A team is comprised of 4 or more individuals organized from the same school, district, college. Only $150 for each additional team member.
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World View's
Online Globalization Course:
Oct 6 - Nov 16

Registration Open

This 6-week online course immerses teachers and school administrators from all disciplines and grade levels in an intensive exploration of the rapid global changes in government, economics, environment and health, culture, and technology impacting our schools and communities, our country, and the planet. The goal of the course is to help K-12 educators become aware of the effects of globalization on our world, our country and especially our schools. By the end of the course, educators should be able to significantly contribute to curriculum planning and leadership to help faculty and students become more globally aware.

Registration for the Fall 2011 Online Globalization Course
Registration for the fall Online Globalization Course for K-12 teachers and administrators is $275 per NC educator, but only $225 for World View Partners. Partner team of 4 is $800.
*For out-of-state educators, registration is $375 per person.

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Latest Edition of ThinkGlobal now Online!

Summer 2011 Edition Highlights:

  • Symposium 2011 and Program Updates
  • World View Supporters
  • Carrboro High Connects with PIH Founder Paul Farmer
  • Durham County and Global Education
  • UNC at Chapel Hill School of Education Goes Gaga for Global Education
  • Exploris Middle School in Japan
  • Fulbright Participant from Wilkes Community College
  • Meet World View's Newest Partners

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"Maps that Stretch Minds"
Contest Encourages Thinking
“outside the box”!

Nearly every world map in USA classrooms distorts land areas.  An exciting new contest challenges this notion. Educators who do use equal area world maps will have an opportunity to share their stories and successes of how they use maps in the classroom. Exploring the agendas and images of all we see and hear is called “Media Literacy” and that is how contest winners will be judged.

A unique consortium of map publishers and media literacy educators are offering an opportunity this school year to get teachers and students thinking about how we see the world around us. and have teamed up with Project Look Sharp,  the Buckminster Fuller Institute, World View, and several NGOs and advocacy groups for social justice to encourage the sharing of educational strategies using innovative world maps. ODT publishes equal area world maps (like the Peters and Hobo-Dyer) as well as maps that place South at the top of the map. produces cartogram-style maps where territories are re-sized according to the subject of interest. Their maps include topics like natural resources, income, wealth, poverty, education, disease, disaster, pollution, depletion, communication, and exploitation.

This contest is for map lovers of all kinds, including instructors, interested individuals and institutions. ALL can enter and tell why they love the maps that have helped them see the world from a broader perspective. Entries can come from individual students or an entire classroom. For contest details and how to enter, go to and click under FEATURED NEWS at the top right of the page.  There is no entry fee, and maps of any kind (that stretch minds) are accepted. You can even submit your very own hand-drawn map with your contest entry.

Map author Ward Kaiser says, “It seems to me we're at the dawn of a revolution.
It's a new way of connecting the way we use maps and how we live in the world. 
Many see maps primarily as way-finding devices: 'We're here ... how do we get there?"
Or as helpful tools when we need certain basic information: "Where in the U.K. is Manchester?"  Now we're beginning to analyze the whole mapping enterprise in light of its social and political agenda. We're seeing that maps affect our lives in myriad ways even when we're not on the road. I hope the contest generates lots of excitement, new ideas, and a world of understanding.”

For Entry details, a contest flier, and list of sponsors and supporting organizations:

See the listing over $5,000 in prizes at: Prizes

Infusing Business into the Mandarin Language Classroom
Thursday, September 22, 2011
4:30-5:45pm EST
Presenter: Ms. Yi Zhou, Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies Department and Instructor/Author of Working Mandarin, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Description: Mandarin instructors may be thinking of infusing business topics into their courses but are concerned about keeping a balance between Chinese language skills and business terms, a commitment to students' needs and curriculum standards, and the choice of textbooks vs. self-developed materials. This webinar discusses how an advanced business Chinese course was designed at UNC Chapel Hill to keep these in balance. It also suggests ways of incorporating meaningful and real-life materials into the classroom with a purpose of minimizing a noticeable gap between the language students are taught in classes and the actual language capability they lack in the real business world. It presents examples of integrating authentic materials and real-life simulation tasks ("Mini-mission" tasks for beginning level and "Looking for a Job" for advanced level courses) and how the design and rubrics of these tasks align with curricular and real-world goals.

The webinar is designed for Mandarin language instructors who are trying to find practical solutions with frequent opportunities for students to develop communication skills in the real business world.

Registration is free, but space is limited. REGISTER NOW!

Mark Your Calendars:


The 26th International Festival of Raleigh
September 30-October 2, 2011
Raleigh Convention Center

Bring the whole family for a 3-day celebration of music, food, and culture from around the globe. Watch authentic ethnic dances from over 30 different cultures performed on the Main Stage. Stroll through the many Cultural Exhibits to learn about the rich history and traditions of different cultures. Shop the World Bazaars for crafts and taste your way around the globe with delicious food from the Sidewalk Cafes. Learn about traditional arts, crafts, and cooking from international teachers at the Demonstration Booth. Bring the kids to Sophia's Corner for face-painting, storytelling, games, and other fun activities.


October 16, 2011 | 8:00 pm
Duke University

$42 • $34 • $22 • $5 Duke Students

A flamboyant pan-Balkan bandleader and composer mounts a colossal concert in Page Auditorium. In a four-decade career that has weathered war in Yugoslavia and exile in Paris, Goran Bregović has become legendary for his spirited performances and evocative film scores — particularly Emir Kusturica’s Time of the Gypsies and Underground. Bregović with his enormous Wedding and Funeral Orchestra also owns the unlikely distinction of having once sparked a rambunctious dance party in the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. With Bregović and his core ensemble flanked by a Bulgarian choir and a Gypsy brass band, the music is as large-hearted and miscellaneous as the Balkans themselves. The raptures of dancing and mourning combine in this exclusive Southeastern concert from the icon that indie-pop star Beirut dubbed his favorite musician ever.

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