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GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter- November 2013

Join The #GlobalEd13 Community November 18-22!

The Global Education Conference, commonly referred to as GlobalEdCon, will bring together educators around the world for another incredible online conference this year. With a broad range of keynote speakers and workshops accessible for free from anywhere in the world, this conference offers many interesting new ways of thinking about the global classroom.

Jennifer D. Klein will be presenting four sessions! Check out her online sessions on:

Find out more about GlobalEdCon, including links to sessions and schedules.

Did you miss out on the TakingItGlobal live webcast?

No worries, you can catch the this week's webcast on the impacts of climate change below!

November's WLS Spotlight: Green Farms Academy's International Youth Film Festival

Green Farms Academy invites students at your schools, ages 13-18, to submit films to their inaugural International Youth Film Festival. Their festival will bring together high school students from around the world and engage them in international dialogue through cinema.

There will be cash prizes in each of the four categories: narrative, experimental, documentary, and social justice. Winners, second and third place in each category will get $500, $200 and $100, respectively. The deadline to submit a film is February 1, 2013, and the winners will get cash prizes at the festival on March 29, 2014.

You can also learn more about the festival here:

The Rain Child Project

Teachers and students at Appleby College (Ontario, Canada) have begun an inspiring new global music project with the support of World Leadership School. The Rain Child Project is intended to bring together youth from around the world through music, specifically the song "Rain Child," in order to end bullying in schools. Students are invited to develop their own unique versions of the song--with or without teacher guidance--and submit their work to share with students around the world. We hope to launch the project by January, 2014. Please access the Letter of Invitation and hear the first three versions created so far!

Contact for more information if you would like to get involved.

Your Invited to The Centre for Global Education's Video Conference

The Centre for Global Education(CGE) is offering the following video conferences in November, December, & January! 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,

World AIDS Day Video Conference

(Fr, Nov 29, 9:00-10:30 MT/11:00-12:30 ET)** Gr 9-12

Join students/schools from around the world (N./S America, Europe, Middle East and Africa) as we build awareness and action around HIV/AIDS, both down the street and around the world. Your students will have an opportunity to join a global network as they learn about the stigma, stereotypes and misinformation that surrounds HIV/AIDS while exploring the different ways in which they can become personally involved in the global fight against AIDS.

Global Encounters: Child Soldiers, LIVE from Sierra Leone

(Th, Dec 5, 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 word. This video conference will connect students with former child soldiers in what promises to be a profoundly moving and inspiring event.

The International Conference on Climate Change Project

(We, Jan 15, 9:00-10:20MT/11:00-12:20ET) - Gr 10-12

Join schools and researchers from across North America as they discuss effects of Climate Change on their regions and around the globe and what can be done to reduce its impact. Starting just after Christmas break, your students will have access to an interactive webpage, where they can do research, post thoughts and ideas and get feedback from researchers/graduate students from the University of Alberta.

To see the entire year's schedule organized by date or subject, please go to CGE's event page, link.

Vote for the changes that make a WORLD of difference

The United Nations global survey for a better world allows you and your students to choose YOUR six priorities for a better world. The results collected from the myworld. survey will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Speak out about the world you want, and let your voice be heard!

More Maps!

If you liked the thought-provoking map video from last month, check out the images and article highlighting "The True Size of Africa" and enhance your global awareness. This eye opening graphic puts the geography into perspective.

Also, see our growing collection of 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.

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.