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GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter- January 2014

Graffiti in Egypt's Revolution: The Choices Program's New Curriculum!

Brown University's non-profit organization, The Choices Program, has unveiled a new online curriculum, " Graffiti in Egypt's Revolution." This program allows students to assess the role of graffiti in political protest, use video to analyze the relevance and impact of graffiti during the Egyptian revolution as well as articulate opinions on graffiti and censorship. You can access their digital curriculum here.

* Don't forget that young Egyptian photographer Yasser Alaa Mobarak is glad to Skype with your classroom by request; please email to connect with him.

New Publications in Global Education

Never stop learning! Check-out some of these wonderful books, blogs, and publications for global educators!!


  • 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"


Explore the World in 2013...

...with National Geographic's 'Year in Review'

Be sure to click on arrows and tabs to explore the full range of incredible films and photographs collected from 2013!

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 or visit their website,

Child Soldiers: Caught in Conflict – LIVE from Sierra Leone

(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.

How Scientific is Science?" Cognitive Biases and Worldview

(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.

World Maps!

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

Explore the links below to find out how to incorporate PBL in your global classroom.

The Buck Institute for Education

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.

International Education and Research Network

Connect with thousands of students and teachers across the globe through iEARN’s revolutionary approach to online collaborative learning.

Journey North

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: A Tutorial for Collaborative Project-Based Learning

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.

Global Schoolhouse: Internet Projects Registry

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.

World Leadership School

The mission of World Leadership School is to empower young leaders to find new and innovative approaches to the world's pressing problems.