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GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter- January 2014
Graffiti in Egypt's Revolution: The Choices Program's New Curriculum!
New Publications in Global Education
- Jennifer D. Klein shares her strategies for forming global partnerships and connecting your classroom with the world!
- Suzie Boss, author of Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, and regular Edutopia blogger shares stories of successful global partnerships and projects.
- Ashley Miller from the Town School shares how she is incorporating Global PBL in the Kindergarten classroom!
- Kristen Goggin from Town School shares her insights on Global PBL in Middle School Math in "Stories from the Garage"
- Mastering Global Literacy (Hayes Jacobs et al, 2013)
- Character Education Series (great for elementary and the IB learner)
- Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World (Mansilla and Jackson, 2011)
- Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds (Lindsay and Davis, 2012)
The Centre for Global Education: Upcoming Video Conferences
The Centre for Global Education(CGE) is offering the following video conferences in February! Each conference is limited to six schools, and filled on a first come, first served basis, with priority participation is given to CGE member schools. If you are interested in any of the conferences requiring preparation beforehand, please contact email@example.com or visit their website, http://tcge.tiged.org/.
(Th, Feb 13, 9:00-10:30 Mountain) - GR 7-12
The use of children as soldiers has been universally condemned as abhorrent and unacceptable. Yet over the last ten years hundreds of thousands of children have fought and died in conflicts around the world. This video conference will connect students with former child soldiers in what promises to be a profoundly moving and inspiring event. We will learn both about the complexities of the situations in which children become caught up in conflict and what the most appropriate and impactful response a student might take.
(Week of Feb 17, 9:00-10:30 MT/11:00-12:30 ET) Gr 9-12
Our senses and mind construct a model of reality which we project onto the external world - carelessly calling the model “reality”. Bias plays both an essential and a fallible role in our conception of reality. It is pervasive in sense receptors, neurons, hormones, images, emotions, thoughts, perspectives and world view. Understanding the inherent role of bias in ourselves can help us discern a more accurate external “reality”. This talk is pertinent to anyone interested in psychology, philosophy, constructing a more accurate world view or just watching really cool video clips of animal (including human) behaviour.
To see the entire year's schedule organized by date or subject, please go to CGE's event page, link.
Check out this map outlining what heads of state and world leaders studied!!
Using unique maps in global classrooms can help students develop a more pluralistic world view. Check out our growing collection of unusual world maps in the WLS Teacher Forum, and please send suggestions any time you discover one we haven't posted!
Global Education and Project Based Learning Resources
A leader in project-based learning in North America, BIE offers a variety of free resources online, including graphic organizers and do-it-yourself tutorials for teachers.
Connect with thousands of students and teachers across the globe through iEARN’s revolutionary approach to online collaborative learning.
Journey North allows K-12 students to engage in global studies of wildlife migration and seasonal change while sharing their own field observations with classmates across North America.
Global Schoolhouse harnesses the power of PBL and the Web through creating a multi-faceted tutorial system for educators at any level of PBL expertise.
Need some project ideas to help get you started on your next PBL unit, or want to collaboratively engage your classroom in an online project? Check out Global Schoolhouse’s projects registry with thousands of examples.
You can find more resources for bringing PBL into your classroom here.