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CEM: Getting Started

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. State of play: school playgrounds from Kenya to Japan. 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.

State of play: school playgrounds from Kenya to Japan

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. "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. Designing a New Learning Environment. World Peace Game Online About Game: World Peace Game Online is an online virtual version of World Peace Game.

Designing a New Learning Environment

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. 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.

Fasten Seat Belts 2 - Videos for Learning 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. 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.

Ten for Tuesday: Beyond Halloween - Lights, Spirits & Parties from Around the World

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. 2. Asia/South Asia: 3. 4. Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy. The human heart is the first home of democracy.

Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy

It is where we embrace our questions. 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.

8 Connected Concepts of Global Learning - Recent stories, news and ideas

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. Global Issues. Global Education Highlights (weekly) Summer Explorer Series: 20 Resources for Trotting Around the Globe : KQED Education. In the remaining weeks of summer, take students globetrotting with PBS LearningMedia.

Summer Explorer Series: 20 Resources for Trotting Around the Globe : KQED Education

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. 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.

Two Ways to Explore the News Through Maps

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. Global Education: A Better Sense of Yourself, Others and the World. When I was in High School, we did not stretch our minds to a global level.

Global Education: A Better Sense of Yourself, Others and the World

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. 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. 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.

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? 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. 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. 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. We began our journey as educators in the early months of 2007. We were bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to educate the future of our world. We were naive and young and quickly learnt what it meant to be a teacher with never enough time and a never ending to do list. Fast forward to 2013, we’re a little older and there’s a good chance we’re still naïve. But something is different; we’re not just teachers anymore, we’re educators. 5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration. Culture Teaching Strategies. A Global View: The Adventure of Kid-Friendly Foreign Films. Image credit: iStockphoto For many of us, Oscar week can serve as the annual reminder of how many great grown-up films we have yet to see, and how many kids' movies we've already seen -- over and over and over.

Beyond the classroom walls: Going global with your students - Insight ON - Insight ON. “To be the best teacher in the world, you have to collaborate globally,” said Vicki Davis, co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds at the Global Education Day at ISTE. Vicki Davis presents on Building Engaged, Online Communities for Collaboration.

Ited Nations Cyberschoolbus. Free Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plans. Make a global connection - Lesson plan by Hana Tichá. A few weeks ago I had posted my answer to the #30GoalsEDU blogging challenge together with this wonderful picture I found googling. The picture showed the globe and happy children of all races holding hands around the Earth. When I posted it, my colleague and partner in the 30 Goals challenge and "we're on the air" project Hana Tichá from the Czech Republic came up with so many wonderful ideas how we could use this picture in the classroom, so I suggested she write about it as a guest in my blog!!! 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… 21 Images of Where Children Sleep Around the World Paints a Powerful Picture of Inequality. "As a child, that's your little space within the house," said James Mollison, a Kenyan-born, England-raised, Venice-based photographer whose 2011 photo book, Where Children Sleep draws attention to a child's "material and cultural circumstances" and offers a remarkable view on class, poverty, and the diversity of children around the world.

After spending more than three years traveling the world from Senegal to Tokyo, Mollison's series include portraits of children in front of a white background accompanied by a single snapshot of their bedrooms, leaving the later to speak volumes about their the social and cultural circumstances that contribute to their lifestyle. "I hope the book gives a a glimpse into the lives some children are living in very diverse situations around the world; a chance to reflect on the inequality that exists, and realize just how lucky most of us in the developed world are," said Mollison. Teachers Use Tech: Calling All 5th Grade Blogging Classrooms: It's Time to Share our Students' Blogs! My students love the blogging process, but they'd especially love a way to read blog posts of other students in their age group. Introduce Kids to Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai. Photo credit: Agência Brasil 2006, Creative Commons Use.

Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) grew up in the green highlands of Kenyan. When she returned from studying college in the US she discovered that her lush homeland was being destroyed by deforestation which caused water and food shortages, malnutrition, and disappearing wildlife. Building Global Citizens Through Deeper Learning (Deeper Learning) International Skype Video Chat This Friday! Pin by VIF International Education on Global Gateway (K-12) 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. 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. 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. 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. GLP - England. GEP Primary resources for learning and teaching. Teaching activities. 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. GLP - England. Get Global! How to teach … Chinese New Year. 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.