The following is a list of resources teachers might find useful in planning international project based learning.
(Note: The program descriptions are quotes taken directly from the “about” section of each website. If I had written the descriptions, they would all say, “This is really cool! You should check it out.”)
Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. http://asiasociety.org/education
Bringing the world into the classroom and building global competency can include the introduction of global issues curriculum, new World Languages, online collaboration, youth and teacher exchanges, professional development on international education, video-conferences, etc. This interactive website has been built to enable schools to indicate how they are connected to the world and for new teachers, school administrators and parents to work with consortium partners on building new links. http://www.connectallschools.org/
A comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. We emphasize core strategies: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration. http://www.edutopia.org/
Our ePals global community pairs educators and students around the world in exciting project-based learning for language learning practice and cultural exchange. Our global challenges bring together learners to apply important concepts from STEM to cultural studies through events such as the Smithsonian Invent It! and Folklife challenges. Our acclaimed Common Core eMentoring program In2Books© matches mentors and students to build reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Through these programs, we connect millions of students, parents and teachers in over 200 countries and territories worldwide to learn together – and from each other. http://www.epals.com
Global Classrooms is an innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms cultivates literacy, life skills and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship. – See more at: http://unausa.org/global-classrooms-model-un/about-global-classrooms-model-un#sthash.MLGFnAdA.dpuf
The Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) is a collection of free, online educational activities and resources. It aims to complement the efforts of governments and educators around the world to integrate technology into their classrooms and curricula and to link their schools to the Internet in educationally productive ways. The GVC vision is to empower, enable, and connect students around the world using Internet technology. http://virtualclassroom.org/
To effectively build bridges of learning, OneWorld Classrooms addresses the needs of students and teachers on both sides of cross-cultural exchange. We create dynamic learning experiences through which students:
1. value themselves and their own cultures;
2. recognize the similarities among cultures that make all people a human family; and
3. respect and appreciate the differences that make each culture unique.
At the same time, OneWorld Classrooms:
• enhances the curriculum;
• integrates technology into the classroom;
• uses the arts as a means to communicate and share across cultures;
• empowers teachers and students to make learning more interpersonal and meaningful; and
• provides a means for traditional societies compromised in the wake of globalization to explore their own cultures and share them with their new world community.
Peace Corps’ innovative Coverdell World Wise Schools program brings the Peace Corps experience home to American classrooms. The newly redesigned World Wise Schools site makes it easier than ever for you to find your favorite free cross-cultural learning materials including videos, lesson plans, podcasts, publications, and much more.
In addition to the online learning materials, WWS also enables educators to connect their classrooms with current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Visit the Classroom Correspondence and World Wise Speakers program pages today to sign up for one or both of these exciting programs!
All these resources seek to help U.S. educators to promote cultural awareness, broaden perspectives, and encourage service among their students. http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/
We collaborate with teachers, schools, and educational organizations to offer professional development courses and resources that help make global education an integral part of every student’s classroom experience. Our engaging face-to-face and online programs, curriculum resources, and international study tours enhance global understanding and help thousands of teachers every year bring the wider world to their students. http://www.primarysource.org/
Since 2004 we have been connecting students and teachers to collaborate in composing original music, making movies, and meeting each other in live video chats.
Using Apple’s GarageBand, each country creates a 30 second drum beat. Every Friday, that drum rotates to another country, where the bass guitar is added. It keeps getting passed along, from country to country. At each stop, one more instrument is added. When it comes back to the original country, it has touched students from all over the world!
While the music is moving, students are meeting each other in live video chats to discuss various topics of curriculum. http://www.rockourworld.org
Skype in the classroom is a free community that connects teachers with educators and guest speakers from around the world. It is a website where teachers can find and run Skype lessons for their students. It enables teachers to find classes thousands of miles away, or just round the corner, to collaborate and learn with. Skype in the classroom also helps teachers to connect to guest speakers who can offer their expertise during a Skype lesson with a class. It provides schools with the opportunity to easily invite zoo keepers, mountain climbers, professional athletes and authors into their classroom for a chat.