Helping teachers connect their students with the world
Helping teachers connect their
students with the world
Resources to support teachers on this journey.
Globally competent students must have the
knowledge and skills to:
• Investigate the world.
• Weigh perspectives.
• Communicate ideas.
• Take action.
• Apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary
Ready to embark on the journey and help
your students develop as global citizens?
Here are some resources to start you off.
• Around the world with 80 schools
• My Wonderful World
• The Global Read Aloud Project
• Skype in the classroom
• E-Pals Global Community
Around the world with 80 schools
Around the World with 80 Schools started in January 2009 and is an ongoing project. The
challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype (a
free video conferencing tool). Once completed, you will be inducted into the Hall of Fame
of "Skyping Certified Educator" :)
So make sure you keep documentation of your connections. It is up to you how regularly
and for how long you connect with your Skype partners. The only requirement to count as
a "connection" is that you are connecting your students with another school anywhere in
the world. While it will take some participants a few months to complete the challenge, it
might take others several years and different student groups to connect with 80 schools.
There is no time limit nor pressure to make a certain amount of Skype connections in a
given time period. You are welcome to join with your students at any time. There is no
grade nor subject area limitations
My Wonderful World is a National Geographic-led campaign—backed by a coalition of
national business and non-profit organizations —to expand geographic learning in school, at
home, and in communities. We want to give kids the power of global knowledge. Since the
campaign launched, more than 80,000 people like you have signed up to show their support.
Geography is more than places on a map. It's global connections. People and cultures.
Economics and environments.
Our young people need to know geography in order to understand today's world—and
succeed in tomorrow's. But they're not getting enough of it, in or out of school.
A National Geographic-Roper survey shows half of young Americans can't locate world
powers like Japan and India. Twenty percent can't even find the Pacific Ocean. Without
geography, our children aren't ready for the world. With your help, we can make geography
education a priority. Kids who understand our world today can succeed in it tomorrow.
My Wonderful World
The Global Read Aloud Project
The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world.
Now with four years under our belt and more than 200,000 connections made, we realize we
are on to something larger than us so we look forward to continuing the global
The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week
period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each
teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would
like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many
as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. In the past we have used
Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, our wiki, email, regular mail, Kidblog, and any other tools we can
think of to make these connections. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a
global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the
Skype in the classroom
Skype’s education program, Skype in the classroom, breaks down classroom walls and allows
children to be a part of experiences from around the globe by granting them unprecedented
access to new experiences, from the top of Mt. Everest to the bottom of the sea. Skype makes it
possible for students in China to practice language skills and share customs with school
children in Chicago, and for NASA scientists to show students firsthand how to prepare a space
vehicle for take off. Currently, more than 66 thousand teachers across the globe already are
using Skype to make learning more exciting, memorable and engaging for their students.
Through the Skype in the classroom program, teachers and students can meet new people and
discover new cultures all around the world – without taking a step outside the classroom.
E-Pals Global Community
EPals, a global community, offers students the chance to connect with other students around
the world (200+ countries). The free student email feature is one of the most useful features of
ePals, since complete teacher moderation is available. You may be able to convince a more
conservative school administration to permit student email using this tool. This site is the
largest worldwide community for global collaboration. Don't worry about the language
barrier, there is built-in language translation! This content-rich site also offers
lessons, interactives, printables, and more. The "Focus Areas" include Biodiversity, Black
History, Election/Inauguration, Geography Central, and Human Rights. In addition, you can
click on the "Projects" link to find several ready to use projects (Habitats, Maps, Natural
Disasters, Water, and others). Click on "ePals Tour" to view an informative video clip about
the site, downloadable brochures, and more.
Kiva.org is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to
alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance
institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the
We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate
poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva
lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more
about how it works.
Since Kiva was founded in 2005:
• 1,158,167 Kiva lenders
• $551,626,825in loans
• 98.93% Repayment rate
We work with:
• 246 Field Partners
• 450 volunteers around the world
• 76 different countries
The vision and purpose of iEARN is to enable young people to undertake projects designed
to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its
people, making use of ICT for educational and socially beneficial ends. (Preamble to the
iEARN Constitution). iEARN is a global network dedicated to bringing youth together through
collaborative project work for the benefit of our planet. It is a not-for-profit organisation with
members in more than 100 countries. Online projects of iEARN are initiated and faciliated by
members, teachers and students. All interaction is based on principles of collaboration and
iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in
more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together
online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000
students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide
Australia students meeting other
students in Moscow