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Online GlobalEdCon Presentation, Nov. 2011.
Fostering Global Awareness Using Travel Literature and Other Primary Sources
This session will be an introduction to using travel literature to promote global awareness and global connections. This global content enables students to compare and contrast their own regions and cultures with other areas of the world. Possibilities for virtual travel, student-created blogs and discussion groups, and collaboration with students in other regions of the world will be discussed. Ideas for promoting students' understanding of contemporary and historical geography in a global context will be shared: travel blogs, digital stories, and interactive sites enable global dialogue and cultural understanding; Google Maps & Google Earth host global content such as an interactive map of geotagged primary sources; and student-created blogs, digital images, and maps authentically assess students' understanding of global geography and culture.
This session is recommended for anyone who is interested in promoting global cultural awareness through the concept of travel in Social Studies, Literacy, or English Language Arts classes. While examples of specific projects will be included in this session, its primary focus will be to share ideas for global collaboration using 21st century skills and web tools. Students who travel via literature will see their world expand and will become more aware that they are global citizens.