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CEM: Getting Started. Never been part of an online professional community or network? Already part of a community or network, but want to be more connected? The Connected Educator Month Starter Kit can help you on both fronts. Written by The Connected Educator author Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Powerful Learning Practice in collaboration with the Connected Educators initiative, and loaded with helpful links and embedded videos, the kit takes a 31 days approach for this special month, giving you one simple way to get more connected every day. Please feel free to pass it along to any friend or colleague you think could benefit from getting more connected! CEM Supporter Kit Want to show your support for the Connected Educator initiative and what it stands for? Join the Book Club edConnectr District Toolkit School district decision-maker, or educator who’d like to see your whole district get involved and get connected?

Connected Educator Profiles CEM Help Desk Need help using any part of the CEM site? State of play: school playgrounds from Kenya to Japan | Art and design. Paso Payita schoolAramasi, Chuquisaca, Bolivia, photographed 9 August 2011 Situated in a remote area on rough terrain 3,000m above sea level, the school has two teachers and 31 students aged from six to 12 years. Many students have to walk several miles to school.

A road to the village was built only 15 years ago and there are no cars or buses. Most people are indigenous Quechua peasant farmers. Half of the students go on to secondary school, of whom half again go to university in Santa Cruz. Likoni school for the blindLikoni, Mombasa, Kenya, photographed 25 March 2011 This school has 166 students. The students go home to their villages for a visit every three months. Nativity SchoolSouth Central Los Angeles, US, photographed 10 November 2011 Founded by the Sisters of Loretto in 1924, this Catholic school has 330 students and is in a low-income area with a high crime rate.

When I was 16, living in tranquil north Oxford in the UK, NWA released Straight Outta Compton. Peace Game Online@DNLE Stanford | "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." Albert Einstein "لا يمكن أن تبقى السلام بالقوة. لا يمكن إلا أن يتحقق من خلال فهم". ألبرت أينشتاين. World Peace Game Online---learning through discovery - NovoEd | Designing a New Learning Environment. World Peace Game Online About Game: World Peace Game Online is an online virtual version of World Peace Game. Inspired by the idea of John Hunter's World Peace Game, we have turned this springboard game into virtual reality by empowering the global community to combine their effort to resolve the problems through this game. Instead of waiting for politicians to fix our problems, we are empowered through this platform to solve our challenges together for the benefit of all.

By making friends we can stop fighting to concentrate on helping the underprivileged. Top players will earn points to give or receive interest-free micro-lending, microfunding, or micro-credits for of their choice for social entrepreneurship to improve quality of life. Play- It’s free! “You have done much to encourage frank exchange across members from all walks, which is a giant step” Patrick from Brazil. Quick Start Directions Table of Contents: 1. Collection of transcripts of game play through mobile chat: 2. 3. 4. 5. Fasten Seat Belts 2 - Videos for Learning About Cultural Norms. Nearly four years ago I wrote about a neat set of videos about cultural norms. That set of videos was called Fasten Seat Belts. Fasten Seat Belts has been updated. The second version of Fasten Seat Belts, funded by the European Commission’s Life Long Learning Programme, picks up where the previous series left off.

Fasten Seat Belts is a neat website designed to help travelers learn the cultural norms of the places they plan to visit. Fasten Seat Belts offers videos for travelers going to countries in Europe and Asia. You can search for videos by country or by theme (table manners, bar customs, etc). Applications for Education I know of a few school's whose world language programs require students to learn about the cultural practices of the countries in which their language of study is spoken.

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village. Ten for Tuesday: Beyond Halloween - Lights, Spirits & Parties from Around the World. Fall might be my favorite time of year - great weather for outdoor play, beautiful colors as leaves change, yummy seasonal fruits and vegetables to enjoy. Plus,Thanksgiving ranks high on my list of holidays. With Halloween upon us (tomorrow!)

, I thought I would share some other Fall/Autumn holidays/festivals (AKA parties) from around the world. Western Europe: 1. St. Martin's Day (Martinstag) - Held on Nov. 11th, this German Holiday feels a lot like a festival of lights, typically including a procession of lanterns. 2. Asia/South Asia: 3. 4. 5. North America/Latin America: 7. 8. *All Saints Day and All Souls Day are also celebrated in many other areas, especially in Western and Eastern European and the Philippines and in many areas where Catholicism is the primary religion. Africa: 10. Celebrating and/or learning about holidays around the world offers a fun way for kids to learn about other cultures and to explore geography. Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy | Global Oneness Project. The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions?

"We the People" called American democracy into being. A young French intellectual named Alexis de Tocqueville made much the same point when he visited our young nation in the 1830s, returning home to write the classic Democracy in America. The heart is where we integrate what we know in our minds with what we know in our bones, the place where our knowledge can become more fully human.

When Tocqueville and Terry Tempest Williams speak of the human heart, they mean much more than feeling or sentiment. If "We the People" are to help heal our ailing democracy--and if we do not, who will? An understanding that we are all in this together. An appreciation of the value of "otherness. " An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways. A capacity to create community. 8 Connected Concepts of Global Learning - Recent stories, news and ideas.

Global competence is as important for children as understanding math, language arts and science. As teachers, it is critical to examine key concepts that support global learning, consider how those concepts are connected and to experiment with ways of introducing them in the classroom in order to successfully teach students about the world.

Concepts of Global Learning Global Citizenship: While specifics often vary, people tend to consider themselves global citizens based on life experiences and exposure to different perspectives. For some, global citizenship is exercised at home through engagement in global issues or with diverse cultures in local settings. For others, global citizenship means firsthand experiences in foreign countries and with various cultures. Interdependence: Interdependence refers to relationships in which members of a group are mutually dependent on fellow group members. Introducing Global Learning Concepts in the Classroom 1. 2. 3. Global Issues. Global Education Highlights (weekly) Summer Explorer Series: 20 Resources for Trotting Around the Globe : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA.

In the remaining weeks of summer, take students globetrotting with PBS LearningMedia. From Antarctica to the Farallon Islands, these resources offer students a window to the world by spotlighting cities and customs from around the globe. PBS LearningMedia allows you to search, download and create playlists to support learning anytime, anywhere! Sign up for a free account for full access to over 80,000 educational resources. Antarctica | Video | Grades PreK-12 In this video, trek to Antarctica to investigate life south of the polar circle. Along the way dive in the majestic kelp forests of Patagonia and meets a massive jellyfish. The accompanying lesson plan reviews the pelagic, benthic and sea ice realms of the Southern Ocean. Global Learning & Awareness | Collection | Grades K-12 Explore why learning about the international community matters.

Social Studies/History through Music and Dance | Videos | Grades K-13+ Two Ways to Explore the News Through Maps. When teaching students about current events I have always tried to incorporate maps so that students can make a connection to the places that they are reading about. I do this if the story is about something happening in Africa or something happening twenty miles down the road from our community. Newspaper Map and the Breaking News map are both helpful in showing students the connections between story subjects and their corresponding locations.

Newspaper Map is a neat tool for locating and reading newspapers from locations all around the world. Newspaper Map claims to have geolocated 10,000 newspapers. To find a newspaper you can browse the map then click on a placemark to open the link within to read a newspaper. You can also locate newspapers by using the search boxes to locate a newspaper by title or location.

Along with links to the newspapers, Newspapers Map provides links to translate the newspapers you find on the map. Global Education: A Better Sense of Yourself, Others and the World | Ms. Reid's Education Blog. When I was in High School, we did not stretch our minds to a global level. Everything we learned was limited to the four walls of our classroom. For example, social studies was taught by reading about other cultures and places in the world via a textbook. As a young Meghan, I was oblivious. Oblivious to what the world is actually like. Our world is rich of diversity in cultures, scenery, and people. So why is this important? So you don’t have millions of dollars to travel with your classroom around the world? Flat Connections: Flat Connections allows you and your classroom to participate in a global education projects. Mystery Skype: Get your students working as a team to figure out who they are Skyping!

Twima: English teacher? Google Connected Classrooms: Ever wanted to take your students somewhere cool? Global Education Highlights (weekly) 3 Ways to Start Globalizing Your School - VIF Learning Center Blog. Creating a global school requires dedicated time, attention and resources. If you are interested in globalizing your own school but don’t yet have goals set, don’t worry - we are here to help! With a student population that includes more than 50 percent English as a Second Language learners, Principal Star Sampson and district leaders committed to transforming Holt Elementary in Durham, North Carolina into a global institution, becoming a model for others wanting to do the same. Consider the following steps taken by Holt that you can thoughtfully implement to globalize your own school. 1. Redefine and agree on a purpose.

The first step for leaders at Holt was to rewrite the school’s creed, mission and vision statements to reflect the goal of becoming a global institution. Holt’s creed, mission and vision are now infused with global considerations: Creed: I am a Holt Hawk. 2. “We were expected to focus on the standards, but to also bring in global content,” Macumber said. 3. Summer Learning Through Film. Summer school, year-round home-schooling, summer camps -- this year, many students will be spending part of the summer months engaged in some sort of educational experience outside of the usual school year.

Parents with children hanging around the house will be looking for activities to interest their vacationing students and expand their horizons. Film viewing -- active viewing of quality films and supplementary activities -- can be an enjoyable and memorable part of the summer's activities. One way to do this is to have a film festival at school or camp. Choose a great film and build a series of events around it. Have a showing during the camp or school day, or schedule one in the evening so that parents can attend. Recommended Viewing A few months ago, I wrote a blog post for Edutopia about three excellent films for middle schoolers: The Cup (Tibet/India), Children of Heaven (Iran), and The Way Home (South Korea).

Scene from Whale Rider A Starting Point for Global Learning. Summer Learning Through Film. Teaching strategies. Global education covers complex and controversial issues. This is a selection of teaching and learning approaches that develop knowledge and skills to respond to global issues. Freedom fighter or terrorist? Passionate or one-eyed? Passive resistance or civil uprising? Illegal arrival or asylum seeker? The words used and our interpretation of images and statistics are an insight into our perspective or bias – our view of the world. Bias influences our attitudes and behaviours towards other people, places and issues. Global education aims to assist students to recognise bias in written and visual texts, consider different points of view and make judgements about how bias can lead to discrimination and inequality.

Activities to help students understand bias: Younger students might rewrite a well-known story from a different perspective – for example, Little Red Riding Hood rewritten from the perspective of the wolf. Cartoons are a great way to challenge thinking about an issue. Activities. 5 Powerful Videos That'll Help You Understand Global Education. 30 Magical Photos Of Children Playing Around The World. No matter their cultural background, no matter their economic situation, kids will always find imaginative ways to have fun. Their wild imaginations and magical childhood moments, when captured on camera by talented photographers, can make for truly wonderful photos. These 33 images we collected will prove that childhood can be wonderful no matter where you go. Show Full Text Many in the Western world fear that technology is making today’s children lose touch with nature and with their own creativity, and while there are arguments to be made for the intellectual stimulation that apps and programs for children can bring, there’s also something to be said for simply playing with a stick in the mud or chasing dandelion seeds though an open meadow.

For better or worse, the children in these photos seem entirely content making their own fun. Indonesia Thanks for sharing! 3x per week 30,000,000+ monthly readers Error sending email Image credits: Ipoenk Graphic Image credits: Agoes Antara Russia Peru. Global Connections Makes Learning More Engaging. Digital natives (Generation Z / the students currently in our schools) are engaged more actively now than ever before, through the use of technology on handheld and personal devices. This natural instinct to utilise technology on every occasion to support their learning makes it essential that educators are up to speed with how and why students use their devices. I think back to my 'pen and paper' education, where I learnt from a textbook and wonder how different I would be if I had the sorts of opportunities the digital natives are handed on a platter today. Global connections are available around every corner for every situation and I truly believe that if you are not connecting your students globally, they are missing out!

The technology available now makes it easier than ever to connect with another classroom to ask questions, Skype with an expert or communicate with live online lessons to support in class learning. Here are my tips and suggestions to become globally connected: Window Into My World. YouTube. VIF International Education on Pinterest. Flat World. ePals Global Community. Around The World with 80 Schools. Globalprojects. Teachers Build ‘The Great Wall Of Awesome’ To Inspire Learning. 5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration. A Global View: The Adventure of Kid-Friendly Foreign Films. Beyond the classroom walls: Going global with your students - Insight ON - Insight ON.

Ited Nations Cyberschoolbus. Free Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plans. Make a global connection - Lesson plan by Hana Tichá. Building Global Citizens Through Deeper Learning (Deeper Learning) Building Global Citizens Through Deeper Learning (Deeper Learning) Building Global Citizens Through Deeper Learning (Deeper Learning) International-mindedness is a frame of mind… | Eteach Blog. 21 Images of Where Children Sleep Around the World Paints a Powerful Picture of Inequality. Teachers Use Tech: Calling All 5th Grade Blogging Classrooms: It's Time to Share our Students' Blogs!

Introduce Kids to Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai. Building Global Citizens Through Deeper Learning (Deeper Learning) International Skype Video Chat This Friday! | Year 3 GBH. Pin by VIF International Education on Global Gateway (K-12) | Pintere… 8 Connected Concepts of Global Learning - VIF Learning Center Blog - VIF Learning Center. Kid World Citizen - Activities that help young minds go global. Pypchat - home. East Meets West: An Infographic Portrait. Belief. Return of the Sun. Home | Global Education.

US/Mexico Border Stories Through Kids’ Eyes. About Aeon Magazine. Home Turf. Rivers and Stories. Global Competence: Teaching Young Learners to Take Action for Worldwide Impact. Seven Habits of Highly Effective Intercultural Communicators | Sherwood Fleming's Intercultural Communication Insights. British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum' Photo. A Global View: The Adventure of Kid-Friendly Foreign Films. A Day Without Waste kicks off at SXSW with the Fray!

Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce, and World - Gib Bulloch. Students Put Global Skills to Work. A Model School Focuses on Students Taking Global Action. Resources and Downloads for Global Competence. They were children - Google Cultural Institute. Cultural Institute. Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami | Talk Video. Santas Around the World. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures. Ten critical questions. Santas Around the World. The Story Museum - 1001 stories from around the world.

3 Great Films for Teaching About Globalization and Modernization. Connecting schools in the UK and Malawi. Science, ICT, and the Global Classroom (Crowd-Sourced Notes) Science, ICT, and the Global Classroom (Crowd-Sourced Notes) Connecting schools in the UK and Malawi. Read Around the World. 100 People: A World Portrait. Resources | GLP - England. GEP Primary resources for learning and teaching. Teaching activities. Inspire My Kids | Inspirational Stories, Videos and Quotes for Children. Read Around the World. Resources and Downloads for Global Competence.

Wondrously Infinite Global Library. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures. Teaching activities. Resources | GLP - England. Get Global! How to teach … Chinese New Year | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional. Spring has sprung! International-mindedness - Resourcing the PYP, MYP, & DP. International Mindedness - PYP @ the Library. International-mindedness - Resourcing the PYP, MYP, & DP. Ten critical questions.