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GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter - January 2016

HUMAN. A new film for global discovery

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the well-known French photographer who created the stunningly beautiful photo book The Earth from Above, has created another spectacular movie entitled HUMAN.

HUMAN is a collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before-seen aerial images accompanied by soaring music, resulting in an ode to the beauty of the world, providing a moment to draw breath and for introspection.

Film review and tips on how to break up the film into shorter sections can be found here:

HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand - Genesis of the film

Teaching with the News:

The Choices Program features a fantastic Resource Guide on the Terrorist Attacks in Paris. They realize that teachers who want their students to consider these events in a thoughtful and constructive way are seeking resources for themselves and their students. They have compiled an annotated list of online sources that may be helpful for approaching some key aspects of the crisis.

Cross-Cultural Classroom Connections

Award-winning Egyptian photographer Yasser Alaa Mobarak has been connecting with WLS schools off and on since 2013, when he first spoke with students in Geoff Agnor’s 8th grade Humanities class at Berkeley Carroll School. Recently, Yasser began partnering with Vinny Tsao on these events; Vinny is a young photographer from Taiwan, and the contrasts in their styles made for a powerful conversation with students in Erin Cater’s art class at Appleby College this fall.

Yasser and Vinnie are excited to work with more WLS schools; please reach out to Jennifer with requests, at

The photo below features Yasser and Vinny as they connect with Erin Cater’s art class at Appleby College.

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Global Oneness Project: Bringing the World to Your Classroom

Don't miss the second annual Student Technology Conference!

The second annual Student Technology Conference, a free one-day online event bringing together students, educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 Am to 9 Pm EST. We invite all to attend!

The Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students in grades 6-12 as well as colleges and universities and for all, is committed to:

  • Fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about technology.
  • Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom.
  • Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum.

Last year’s conference featured more than twenty general sessions and four keynote addresses from all over the world with over 500 participants!

If you haven't joined us before, this is an amazing, engaging, collaborative, worldwide event that you will want to be a part of. You can join us for just for one session, or for every session! Even if you miss a session, they are all recorded so you can watch them later!

Send a Tweet: “#stutechconf2016 is coming! Submit to present or register to attend, all free, all online, 6th year of this great event

A map of all the underwater cables that connect the internet

Like the video below? Check out several other interactive map collections here!
Thin underwater cables hold the internet. See a map of them all.

Calling all Canadian Schools!

On January 28th, from 9:00-9:50 Pacific/10:00-10:50 Mountain/12:00-12:50 Eastern, we are thrilled to be working the Canadian Wildlife Federation to host the International Video Conference on Caribou, Ecosystems and the North.

Join the Parks Canada biologist, Shelley Bird, to discuss Caribou, Ecosystems and the North. You will find out how migrating Caribou live, where they go, how people affect them, as well as a general overview of our Northern ecosystems. Students will also learn about the critical situation many of Canada's Caribou are in and what they can do to help!

In addition to participating in the video conference, students will have an opportunity to work with their peers across Canada in an online virtual classroom. They will then be invited to share their work with their fellow students and the Parks Canada biologist LIVE during the virtual conference.

Age: Grade 4-8

Time: January 28, 9:00-9:50 Pacific/10:00-10:50 Mountain/12:00-12:50 Eastern

With only six interactive spots, this national event will be served on a first come, first served basis. Special consideration will be given to allow representation from each region of Canada. Unfortunately, this event is open only to Canadian schools. This event will be streamed LIVE to the internet, so non-Canadian schools can watch it that way.

To register, please email

Featured Global Education Resources

The Centre for Global Education: Upcoming Video Conferences

The Centre for Global Education (CGE) is offering the following video conferences in October. Each conference is limited to six schools, and is filled on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in any of the conferences requiring preparation beforehand, please contact or visit the CGE website at

Video Conferencing Orientation I: From upcoming events to basic VC Q&A's

(Feb 10, 2:00-3:00MT/2:4:00-5:00ET)

Find out specific times and dates while having your basic questions answered.

  • Learn about our Elementary and Secondary Programs
  • University/College Research Projects
  • Global Issues Conferences
  • Philanthropic Global Projects

RCMPtalks: Healthy Relationships

(Feb 12, 10:00-11:20MT/12:00-1:20ET) - Grade 6-8

In partnership with the RCMP, The Centre for Global Education and TakingITGlobal are proud to host a national conversation on Healthy Relationships in Canada. During this event, we will challenge students to go beyond just learning about ​healthy relationship and, rather, to see themselves as local agents of change ​connected to a national movement to promote healthy relationships. Between January 27th and February 12th, our goal is to create a national community of young leaders​, dedicated to promoting healthy relationships in their schools, their communities, and across Canada. Using the power of social media and online collaborative tools (discussion boards, blogs, etc.), students will work with their peers from across Canada to develop a local #HealthyLove Pledge.

DeforestACTION Culminating Event

(Feb 17, 2:00-2:45MT/4:00-4:45ET) – Gr 3-12

TakingITGlobal and The Centre for Global Education are inviting your class to participate in one of the world’s largest student driven environmental campaigns: DeforestACTION! DeforestACTION is a global movement of youth and schools taking action to stop deforestation and create a permanent habitat for orangutans and other species who depend on forest ecosystems. Through collaborative learning and action related to deforestation and environmental sustainability, students will become DeforestACTION agents who are shaping a more sustainable world. To learn more, visit

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

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.