March 27, 2022
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Global citizenship nurtures respect and tolerance for others, global awareness, and empathy. Even if your classroom or district is not highly diverse, there are a variety of ways to bring in a global perspective and demonstrate global citizenship. This week, we’re sharing resources that can help students get along with one another and understand other cultures, neighborhoods, and ways of life.
Kid World Citizen
Peruse this wide variety of resources that encourage kids to become global learners and thinkers. Explore categories such as books, food, and art to find international learning activities. Look for topics on specific countries using the map search.
Global Problem Solvers
Discover a free program designed as a supplemental resource to teach global social responsibility. The program features two seasons of materials with seven episodes per season. Within each episode, they travel the world through videos and solve problems.
Don't miss this resource that has a wealth of information about human rights and global issues. Discover lesson plans about social justice, international music, sustainability, and more. Some of the topics include a teacher's guide.
Enjoy and challenge creativity and problem-solving skills with The Wonderment, a social platform for kids. Choose a bot or secret identity, then follow many different paths. Each path is a real-world problem from around the globe.
Collaborate with Global Citizenship
Collaboration is at the heart of global citizenship. Partnerships create a unified community among the participating classrooms—whether those classes are located in another town, another state, or another part of the world.
This global community gives your students the chance to connect with other students in more than 200 countries! There are no student emails required, and there’s a built-in language translator, so language barriers don't exist!
Across the World Once a Week (XW1W)
XW1W provides a focus on global citizenship, allowing students to understand their place within our world. The questions each week relate to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). There are separate guides for elementary and middle school students.
Try out this collaborative tool to turn any document into an online conversation. Begin by uploading a Word or web document and add your own comments. Then, invite others to view your document, comment, or ask questions by sharing the URL.
Add your voice to any YouTube video or video already on your computer. The site offers 13 languages with 15 different voices, making this tool perfect for collaboration with others! There is also a tutorial video with instructions.
Microsoft Translator for Education
Microsoft Translator allows you to converse with single participants or classes in different languages. For example, you could speak English and talk live with students in Canada speaking French. Text translation is also available.
Gatheround is a group chat and video conversation tool that includes guided conversation games. Add up to 10 people to an unlimited number of meetings. Start by clicking Create Event in the upper right corner and use premade templates or create your own.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join our new season of FREE OK2Ask virtual workshops starting this Tuesday. We’re also sharing a related blog post and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 3/29, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with Triple E and TeachersFirst Part 2
Join us as we take a deeper dive into the Triple E Framework, which helps educators evaluate the effectiveness of technology use in students' achievement of learning goals. We’ll provide strategies and tools to help you understand the Triple E Framework.
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Celebrate World Thinking Day
Although World Thinking Day has passed, the purpose behind this observance continues throughout the year. This blog post shares World Thinking Day activities you can use in your classroom to celebrate diversity with communities across the globe.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, "What is one NEW way that you would like to try to make your students into better global citizens?" Share your reply and then view the responses of others once you click submit.
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