You don’t have to travel to bring the world to your classroom! These resources and opportunities can help you to connect your classroom, your students, and yourself to ideas and people around the world.
Digital ResourceSkype in the Classroom: A free global community for teachers
Digital ResourceePals: The world’s largest network of K-12 classrooms
Digital ResourceGap Minder: A technology tool that presents world statistical data
Digital ResourceConnect All Schools: See how schools are connected to the world
Additional Digital Resources
- Global Youth Debates: This Flat Connections global project provides a unique global collaborative experience for joining diverse cultures in authentic debate to foster global competence, international mindedness and action. It is suitable for all learning environments and is designed for students of age 10-18.
- Kindergarten Around the World: Kindergarten Around the World is a Twitter-based, virtual exchange project for our youngest students.
Shared Global Projects
- iCollaboratory: The iCollaboratory provides K-12 teachers timely professional development, project consulting, training, technical advice, and Web-based resources and services to practice 21st century learning.
- iEARN: iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
- Know My World: Know My World hosts a variety of cross-cultural exchanges using various forms of digital technology and project based learning.
- Rock Our World: Rock Our World connects 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 drumbeat.
- World We Want: The World We Want web platform is a joint initiative between the United Nations and Civil Society. The World We Want is a growing movement of people all over the world contributing their vision towards an overall plan to build a just and sustainable world free from poverty.
- Google World Wonders Project: The World Wonders Project offers an innovative way to teach history and geography to students of primary and secondary schools all over the world.
- Girls Thinking Global: The Global Collaboration Tool (funded by an NEA Foundation grant) allows people who see which orgs in different countries are working on topics of women’s economic development, education, social justice, and more. They also provide a Facebook-like space that allows people to connect and share resources.
International Exchange & Teaching Programs
We think our Global Learning Fellowship is pretty great, but it may not be the best fit for everyone. Here are a few more ways for educators to develop their global competence through online learning, connections in the US, and international travel.
- Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE): Global Teaching Opportunities
- EF English First: International TESOL Opportunities
- Go Overseas: Search Engine for Teaching Abroad Opportunities
- Maverick Global Teacher Summit: Global Teacher PD Experience
- Oxford Seminars: Teaching Abroad
- The International Educator: Network for Teaching Abroad Opportunities (subscription)
- Transitions Abroad: Guidance on teaching abroad, how to interview, country reports, etc.
Student, Teacher, and Class Exchanges
- AFS- USA: Educator Group Programs
- EF Education First: Student Tours & Adult Learning Programs
- Reach the World
Hosting International Students
- Sister Cities International: High School Homestay Exchange
- Youth For Understanding: Host an Exchange Student
Professional Development Programs and Resources
- IREX: Teachers for Global Classrooms
- Institute for International Education: Fulbright Teacher Programs
- Earthwatch Institute
- InterAmerican Teacher Education Network (ITEN)
- Teachers Talking About Learning