This is an ongoing list of resources for teachers planning multi-cultural curriculum and for teachers who are planning multi-classroom or projects with classrooms in other schools, states, and countries. I will update this list from time to time, so please bookmark it, Please send me any good resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education The Mission of the Franklin Institute is to accelerate, worldwide, innovative use of technology in education and training so that the benefits of knowledge acquisition are affordable and accessible to all.
Cultural Connections: The Tapestry of Life National Geographic Lesson Plan: In this lesson young students will use a variety of media to explore culture as the sum of learned patterns of behavior, institutions, values, and belief systems. Students will learn how to identify, compare, and appreciate the cultural characteristics of different regions and people.
Designing Virtual Communities for Creativity and Learning Article by Dr. Ted Kahn
"Bringing about real change and innovation in any endeavor or organization is really about people. While technology can be a catalyst for much-needed change in our educational system, it can only be really effective if we support, enrich, and leverage the creative work and lifelong learning opportunities of all the people who, together, form a learning community -- learners, providers, payers and policymakers."
Global Learning Portal Global Learning Portal is a free online community to get help in the form of quality educational resources, to connect with colleagues from around the world and to work online and access a wealth of resources from any computer
Global Learning, Inc Global Learning, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization that translates the world's growing interdependence into educational activities for teachers, students, librarians, and educational systems, from elementary school through college and in community settings.
Grameen Foundation Grameen Foundation helps the world’s poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty by helping to provide access to appropriate financial services (such as small loans and savings accounts), new ways to generate income, and important information about their health, crops and finances.
By helping local microfinance institutions and other poverty-focused organizations become more effective, and by providing the poor with innovative mobile phone-based solutions, we’ve helped millions pull themselves out of poverty. With your help, we can reach even more of the world's poorest.
To End Hunger & Poverty
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.
By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
How to Use Social Network Tools for Learning Edutopia Article: Social-networking tools aren't just for flirting. The evolving world of Internet communication -- blogs, podcasts, tags, file swapping -- offers students radically new ways to research, create, and learn
If the World Were a Village This is a great "thought piece" to use to introduce a global project.
f we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:...
Kids + Social Networks = Learning Blog: "The social interactions that our students are having online are steeped in information gathering of one sort or another, as well they should be. Aren’t ours? Whether they know it or not, they need to understand the ins and outs of reputation networks and filters. And I’ll ask it again…who is teaching them?"
TeachNet (Note: Microsoft Silverlight must be downloaded and installed to view this site) TeachNet Ireland is an initiative of St Patricks College Drumcondra, run in association with the Teachers Network New York. TeachNet Ireland funding is generously provided for by the Citigroup Foundation.
The projects major components include:
Identifying teachers and other educators to serve as trainers/facilitators;
Conducting training workshops for teachers in all subject areas;
Awarding grants to teachers to disseminate innovative student-focused curriculum projects;
Developing an online database of the innovative projects to share with a national and international audience of teachers and students;
Publishing print catalogues of the innovative classroom projects to encourage other teachers to adapt these projects;
Creating an on-line and off-line professional community of teachers who are integrating technology into the school curriculum.
The Curiosity Group--Learn About Other Cultures The World's at Your Fingertips. Below, we've listed what we think are the top sites to learn about other cultures. Information on these sites is broken down by countries and cultures, and includes interesting information about people, trends, languages, etc. in various cultures. Decide which sites have the right content and organization for you and then bookmark these pages so you can quickly access information about other cultures from here on out.
Classroom 2.0 The social network for those interested in Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. We encourage you to sign up to participate in the great discussions here, to receive event notifications, and to find and connect with colleagues. We have over 70,000 members from 188 countries!
Classroom 2.0 is a free, community-supported network. We especially hope that those who are "beginners" will find this a supportive comfortable place to start being part of the digital dialog. Because of spammers, we have to approve all memberships here. While your membership is pending you are still welcome to peruse the site or attend any events!
My eCoach My eCoach is a a professional learning community that builds global collaborative projects through sustainable coaching and mentoring programs. It is an online mentoring and coaching tool that all a variety of online tools all in one online package. It offers an eLibrary, Lesson and Project Plan Builders, Discussion Boards, Chat, a Message Center, etc.
Skype in the Classroom Teachers all over the world are using Skype to make learning more exciting and memorable. It's easy to see why: Skype offers an immediate way to help students discover new cultures, languages and ideas, all without leaving the classroom.
Tapped In Tapped In is an online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, and professional development staff, as well as university faculty, students, and researchers gather here to learn, collaborate, share, and support one another.
Think.com Think.com is a free online "Intranet" project tool from Oracle Education Foundation for primary and secondary schools. It allows students to work collaboratively to create secure (non public) Web based projects.
Global Project Based Learning Paper This paper was written by Linda Ullah, M.A. M.Ed as part of her Instructional Technology Masters Degree project in 2003. The other part of this project was the development of the Global Project Based Learning online course.
The Guiding Partner Approach Article by Judi Harris, Sue Eskridge, and Robert Sibley, 1999
.."being able to operate Internetworked tools [is] an important, but merely prerequisite step toward creating powerful telecollabortion and teleresearch in our classrooms. How to apply the tools in curriculum-based educational activities, although less frequently the target of careful thought and in-depth investigation, is a much richer, more complex, longer-term, and more critical area for educators to explore at this point in time.In short, it's not about how teachers use the TOOLS--it's about how we USE the tools." (Harris, 1998, pp.5-6)
Asia Society--Simulations: Real World Practice imulations help students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success in the world at large. They provide a safe playing field for students to try new roles, skills, and responsibilities.
Simulations have proven to be an important tool to developing many aspects of global competence. They motivate students through real-world, relevant events. Simulations also compel students to combine content knowledge with critical thinking and reasoning skills
Center for Global Environmental Education: Service Learning Projects Browse the project pages listed below to decide which one to do. For each, you'll find success stories, step-by-step instructions, and direct links to videos, curriculum, equipment, and people needed for that project. Or, research community needs and resources, then create your own project.
Classrooms and Schools Virtual Projects hrough the International Community Virtual Visit (ICVV) project, adults learning English or basic skills, or children or youth in schools, visit each others' schools or education programs on the Web. Students dialog with partners in a class from another part of the world. They create school and community tours to post on Web or Wiki pages. Students and their partners develop collaborative skills and build relationships. In 2006-2007 we will be matching up classes from across the world -- fluent speakers of English and those who are learning English -- to focus on collaborative writing across cultures.
ENO--Environment Online ENO-Environment Online is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development and environmental awareness. Environmental themes are studied within a school year on a weekly basis. Thousands of schools from 124 countries have taken part.
ePals Classroom Exchange ePALS is the Internet's largest community of collaborative classrooms engaged in cross-cultural exchanges, project sharing and language learning. ePALS is also the leading provider of school-safe emailTM, eMentoring and web-browsing technology for the global educational marke
Flat Stanley n the book, Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown, Stanley is squashed flat by a falling bulletin board. One of the many advantages is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by travelling in an envelope. This premise provides a reason for us to keep in touch with each other. The Flat Stanley Project is a group of teachers who want to provide students with another reason to write. Students' written work goes to other places by conventional mail and e-mail. Check out the Flat Stanley List of Participants to see where you can send a Flat Stanley or who might be sending a Flat Stanley to you.
Students make paper Flat Stanleys and begin a journal with him for a few days. Then Flat Stanley and the journal are sent to another school where students there treat Flat Stanley as a guest and complete the journal. Flat Stanley and the journal are then returned to the original sender. Students can plot his travels on maps and share the contents of the journal. Often, a Flat Stanley returns with a pin or postcard from his visit. Some teachers prefer to use e-mail only, and this is noted in the List of Participants.
Global Learning Communities Global Learning Communities aim to replicate the global economy in learning by creating links between schools around the world and particularly those in different time zones. This web site aims to share our work in establishing 24x7 learning and to identify and nurture future patterns for learning. In visiting this site, you are warmly invited to participate in these developments. The work so far is supported by specific Government (Public Service Agreement) funding through Bedfordshire County Council and the East of England Development Agency.
Global Teenagers As a teacher you have two wonderful alternatives.
*Tell your students to join GlobalTeenagers and they will learn lots of English also outside the classroom
*Book your own closed GlobalTeenagers course room
iEarn EARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 20,000 schools in more than 115 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 1,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
Intercultural eMail Classroom Connections IECC is a free teaching.com service to help teachers link with partners in other cultures and countries for email classroom pen-pal and other project exchanges. Since its creation in 1992, IECC has distributed over 28,000 requests for e-mail partnerships.
Internet Schoolhouse The Internet Schoolhouse is A Virtual School Promoting Global Friendship and 21st Century Learning. Educators may enter this virtual education site knowing that the site is designed with the classroom teacher and school curriculum in mind. The site provides a safe place on the net for students to begin work quickly and safely, and helps to keep students on task.
KidAllies Follow our adventures as we travel around the Americas. Meet new friends in other countries. Learn about about different cultures and explore distant habitats. Find out about the challenges faced by other communities and what they're doing to fight for social justice. Then be a good ally and get involved!
KidProj KidProj is from KidLink. Students through secondary school join global projects. Teachers and youth group leaders from around the world plan activities and projects for their students in KIDPROJ-COORD, the adult discussion area of KIDPROJ. Student work is posted on the web in Kidlink's KidSpace.
Myths and Legends We are a year7/8 class in Auckland New Zealand and we just finished learning about Maori Myths and Legends and have made some presentations on our favorites. We would love to share them with others and hear some myths and legends from other cultures.
Only Hearts Peace Project The "Only Hearts" Peace Project is an educational, empowering and fun-filled activity that can easily be downloaded from this web page for use in classrooms, after-school programs, and in homes.
Outside My Window In 2003, Mark Gross found that the room for his International Relations class had no windows. So his class decided to make one. They asked people from all over to email pictures taken outside their windows and hung them on the wall in their room inside a frame made up of their own self portraits. Photos poured in! Today, Outside My Window is a school club that connects people worldwide through photography and email.
Pinwheels for Peace On Sept. 21, 2005, approximately 500,000 pinwheels
were spinning in over 1,350 locations throughout the world! Please plan to join us next year, on Sept. 21st, 2006, as once again we celebrate "whirled peace."
Science Buddies Science Buddies is a non-profit organization empowering students from all walks of life to help themselves and each other develop a love of science and an understanding of the scientific method. With the help of our Mentors and Advisors, we help students improve their science skills and literacy, and we inspire them to consider additional study or careers in science.
Taking Student Genius Global The Quest2Matter invites students to share with the world their quests to take innovative action to solve problems that break their hearts.
Do your students have a pending or completed quest that could change the world?
The WORLD Needs:
Great ideas that dare to question the usual ways of doing things.
Projects that have/can be done in the real world to bring about change.
Contributions that impact others in positive ways.
The Jason Project he JASON Project, founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization headquartered in Ashburn, VA. Its mission is to inspire in students a life-long passion for learning in science, math, and technology through hands-on, real-world scientific discovery.
The Tree of Life Web Project The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists from around the world. On more than 4000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history (phylogeny), and characteristics.
ThinkQuest ThinkQuest is all about students thinking and learning together. Students work in teams to create the best educational websites and compete for exciting prizes, including a trip toThinkQuest Live, an educational extravaganza celebrating their achievements.
Sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation, the competition offers a unique project-based learning experience to students and teachers around the world. Globally relevant subjects and diverse teams are encouraged.
The teams' websites are published for the world to see in the ThinkQuest Library. This rich online resource contains over 5,500 educational websites, created by students for students. Search the library and you'll be sure to find a site that intrigues you.
Thousand & One Flat World Tales Project A "Flat Classroom" writing workshop between students of Korea International School (KIS) in Seoul, South Korea, Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado. This project is never-ending and open to all young writers, all schools (and home-schoolers), all age groups
Thousand Cranes Peace Network This is an archival project from 1996-2000. The Thousand Cranes Peace Network is made up of groups and individuals who are willing to fold a thousand paper cranes (or as many as they can manage) as a symbol of their hope for, and commitment to, peace and non-violence, to be transported to Peace Parks and Monuments around the world.
UNESCO's Culture of Peace Project The Project Bank on this site allows you to identify the projects that are of interest to you according to your thematic and geographical criteria and obtain the following information for each project: identity, activities, resources offered and requested
Children Helping Children This organization brings the plight of Children in emerging nations to the knowledge of children and adults in our own country in the hope that they will he inspired to help various established charities. It is not a charity and it does not specifically raise funds. It encourages donations to be given to specific charities of which first hand knowledge is available as to how the funds are spent.
Free the Children Free the Children is an outstanding organization. The founder (now a young man) was only 12 years old when he founded the organization. It is an international network of children helping children.
Helping Children Cope with Global Disasters Students affected by global disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan face tremendous distress and uncertainty. As an educator, there are a number of ways to support these students and their families.
Partnership for Service Learning Offered in 14 countries, IPSL programs unite academic study and volunteer service, giving students a fully integrated study abroad experience.
The service enlivens the formal learning, and the learning informs the service. Both students and the host communities benefit from the substantial service each student gives. By studying at a local university and serving 15-20 hours per week in a school, orphanage, health clinic or other agency addressing human needs, students find their knowledge of the host culture--and of themselves-- take on greater depth and meaning.
Patriensa.com Patriensa is one of the 26 villages/towns within the Asante Akim district...On August 4, 2001, the village launched the first solar-powered telecentre, the Asante Akim Multipurpose Community Telecentre (AAMCT), in Ghana...GHACLAD is committed to the inclusion of Ghana and the rest of Africa in the mushrooming information technology movement and the empowerment of disadvantaged groups in rural and urban Ghana in gaining access to indigenous and emerging information communications technologies. The organization is committed to utilizing information for capacity building as a way to accelerate socio-economic development in rural and urban Ghana.
Remembering September 11th--Education World Education World offers five new lessons to help teachers commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attack on the United States. These lessons will keep alive the spirit of patriotism and tolerance stimulated by the events of 9/11. Included: Students make a huge flag mural for your school or a proverb book for your classroom library, write letters to fire fighters in your community, read aloud books that model tolerance, raise money for Afghan children, more!
Terrorism and Children Purdue University Extension Specialist in Child development and family studies, has researched children's reactions to wars and disasters and offers advice for helping children cope with the terrorist attacks, and their aftermath.
Vibha--Children Helping Children ur mission is to educate, empower and enable every individual who wishes to make a positive difference in the life of the underprivileged child.
Founded in 1991, today Vibha has a volunteer network of 825 volunteers spread across 15 Action Centers in cities across the US and India. Till date, we have supported more than 190 projects in India and the US. Read more about our current projects here.