Internet Resources for Internationalizing the Curriculum

Resources from Departments of Education

Durtka, S., Dye, A., Freund, J., Harris, J., Kline, J., LeBreck, C., ... Wagler, M. (2002). Planning Curriculum in International Education. Madison, WI: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction. ERIC document

Ohio Department of Education International Education Resources listing from the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio organizations and national and global entities.

Classroom Resources listed by the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

Media, Technology, Organizations

iEarn Collaboration Center

iEARN is a nonprofit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. To join, participants select one of over 150 online projects and look at how they can integrate it into their classroom. With the project selected teachers and students enter online forum spaces to meet one another and get involved in ongoing projects with classrooms around the world that are working on the same project.

Peace Corps World Wisse Schools

Peace Corps World Wise Schools enrich K-12 students with the dynamic cross-cultural classroom materials, literature, videos, lessons, ideas, and services provided free by the World Wise Schools program, including the Correspondence Match program that puts you and your class in touch with a currently serving Peace Corps volunteer. There are also innumerable lessons about cultures and countries worldwide, free cross-cultural publications, award-winning videos, stories, folk tales, classroom speakers, and more. The program is designed to broaden perspectives in culture and geography and to encourage service.

EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal

The Access Initiative (TAI) is a global network that promotes access to information, participation, and justice in environmental decision-making.

Global Nomads Group

The Global Nomads Group aims to bring the world into the classroom with interactive, innovative, and global programs. GNG organizes programs for schools and students year round with a focus on various thematic areas, but all of GNG's programs have four components in common: integration into school curricula and education standards; direct and live dialogue with peers from around the world who are personally affected by the issues being discussed; global perspective; and ongoing dialogue among participants.

Global SchoolNet

Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st-century learning and improve academic performance through content driven collaboration. We engage teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.  We prepare youth for full participation as productive and effective citizens in an increasing global economy.

The Globe Program

The GLOBE Program promotes Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) and is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program with participation from over 1.5 million students from 111 countries. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSP's) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.

ePals

ePals Global Community is a platform designed to promote meaningful teaching and learning, showing teachers and students how to use technology strategically to promote the fundamental learning principles essential for academic achievement. This involves creating a safe and secure content-rich environment that challenges students and educators to research smartly, collaborate with other learners of all ages from 200 countries and territories, think critically, problem-solve, and communicate their learning using various web 2.0 tools. The reach of the ePals Global Community brings together students and educators based on areas of learning interests and geography.

Schools Online

Schools Online has everything you need to bring the world into your classroom and encourage your students to develop as global citizens.

Global Education Motivators

Global Education Motivators (GEM) was founded in 1981 believing that international communication exchange is a key to future world peace, the inclusion of cross cultural perspectives has become an integral part of GEM's global learning programs. GEM provides IP videoconferencing applications. Though GEM offers packaged videoconferencing programs, most of the programming done in schools is customized through brainstorming with teachers to fit the individual classroom situation. Chose from a program such as "Climate Change: Real or Myth," "Cell Phones: You Haven't Seen Anything Yet," "Global Solutions to Global Problems" and "Globalization 101," or call us to develop a personalized program.

International Studies in Schools

Brought to you by the International Outreach Council the International Studies in Schools (ISIS) is through Indiana University. ISIS programs are available, free-of-charge, to K-12 teachers, in Indiana or any states, whose schools have access to interactive video (IAV) technology. ISIS presenters include Indiana University international students, visiting scholars, academic specialists, and world area study centers' outreach staff. Each is selected for his or her special expertise regarding a requested program topic. ISIS topics can address a wide range of curricular subjects, including current events and tailored programs on a specific topic, and each "event" is scheduled for a broadcast time which fits both the teacher's and the presenter's schedules.

International Visitors Council

From Columbus, OH, the International Visitors Council (IVC) builds partnerships between Central Ohioans and citizens of other countries that strengthen democratic ideals, encourage economic development, and promote cultural understanding through the exchange of ideas and knowledge. IVC's volunteer Citizen Diplomats--our home and professional hosts--welcome visitors into their boardrooms, classrooms, town halls, homes and hearts, helping promote future exchange, trade and peace.  Through Columbus IVC you can arrange to be a host school for international visitors, learn about other parts of the world and help break down the barriers that divide us.

TakingITGlobal for Educators

TakingITGlobal features a community of globally-minded educators interested in empowering their students to think and act as world citizens, a collection of resources that facilitate the inclusion of global perspectives in the classroom, and a virtual classroom that allows students to use collaborative technology in order to connect with people from around the world and learn about global issues. Created by teachers for teachers, an activities database allows TIGeducators to search, add, adapt, and rate a growing number of activities, lessons, and games developed for a wide range of subject areas and levels.

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