Global Updates From World View
Budget-Friendly Global Education
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!
1. MAKE FRIENDS
AROUND THE WORLD WITH INTERNET EXCHANGES
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. www2.ed.gov/teachers/how/tech/international
Listed below are some of World View's favorites:
6 Billion Others (www.6billionothers.org)
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.
Simple tool for online chats among groups of teachers or students.
There is no registration process; just send an invitation e-mail and begin!
Through this bookmarking and annotation tool, classes mark and share
Websites adding “sticky note” comments and participating in threaded
Create, manage, and moderate blogs for your classes. Also allows you to
organize students’ blogs in one place and host online discussions.
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 www.imagecodr.org.
Gapminder uses Trendalyzer, an information visualization software,
to display various animated statistics about the world's countries.
Google Lit Trips (www.googlelittrips.org)
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 (en.childrenslibrary.org)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 is a collection of world maps, where territories are
re-sized in unique proportions in accordance to the subject of interest.
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 (www.youtube.com,
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 www.zamzar.com
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
4. USE RESOURCES
AVAILABLE THROUGH NC UNIVERSITIES
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.
5. CONNECT WITH
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS IN NC
6. INCREASE YOUR
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 newseum.org .
- Read the latest articles in the Economist,
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
- 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?
- 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.
ACROSS DISCIPLINES AND GRADE LEVELS
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.
8. CREATE A
SCHOOL-WIDE GLOBAL EDUCATION ACTION PLAN
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
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