Global Education

This page contains resources to provide you with a foundational knowledge of global education and its intersections with early childhood education and educational technologies.

While there has been limited research on the use of technology in early education or the use of global education concepts in early childhood, global education itself is a subject that has been studied for many years. Below are resources that provide more information about that field as well as some newly published research and projects that connect technology and early childhood to global education.

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Global Education Resources

Books about Global Education

  • Global Issues in Education: Pedagogy, Policy, Practice and the Minority Experience (2009)
    • “Educators across the world are saddled with the growing charge of teaching internationally competitive, culturally diverse student populations. Given the globalized nature of education, educators must not only prepare themselves, but also their diverse students to become globally competent workers – a responsibility that becomes clear when teachers and students find themselves in classrooms and communities with people who are culturally and linguistically different form themselves”
  • Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers (2008)
    • “Convinced of the value of introducing educators to comparative and international education research, we set out to produce a text that would offer broad exposure to international issues and explore education in diverse cultural settings.”
  • Critical Multiculturalism: Theory and Praxis (2010)
    • “Critical multiculturalism has emerged over the last decade as a direct challenge to liberal or benevolent forms of multicultural education. By integrating and advancing various critical theoretical threads such as antiracist education, critical race theory, and critical pedagogy, critical multiculturalism has offered a fuller analysis of oppression and the institutionalization of unequal power relations in education.” 

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Websites about Global Education

  • World Savvy
    • Geared towards the upper grades, the site has a great resource library and educators’ network that can be valuable for teachers of any grade.
  • Facing the Future
    • “As educators, our task is to help give students the skills, tools, and perspectives to become fulfilled human beings, responsible global citizens, and effective stewards of a sustainable future.”
    • Curriculum resources, professional development opportunities, and multimedia resources.
  • Population Education
    • Professional development workshops, teaching tools and a free newsletter about population education.
  • Oxfam Education
    • Free teaching resources on global citizenship, teacher support section, and facts on global citizenship.
  • Peace Corps Lessons
    • Explore lessons, teaching suggestions, and activities based on Peace Corps volunteer experiences, to help young learners explore the world and gain cross-cultural understanding.
  • World Bank – youthink!
    • Learn facts about the major issues facing the world, view their multimedia resources and teacher modules.
  • Globalization101.org
    • an Internet resource offered by the Levin Institute to promote a greater understanding of globalization by providing information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities.
  • Mapping.com
    • Great books and resources to talk about world geography and life in different countries.
  • Outreach World
    • Learn about current issues and access global lesson plans.
  • Diversity Toolkit
    • A series of free lesson plans to help you embed education for diversity in your curriculum, with plans specifically for the Early Years.
  • TeachUNICEF
    • A portfolio of free global education resources. Resources cover grades PK-12, are interdisciplinary (social studies, science, math, English/language arts, foreign/world languages), and align with standards.

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Technology for Global Education Resources

Books about Technology in Global Education

  • Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time (2012)
    • “Global collaboration is not a choice between current pedagogies or global collaboration. Rather, it is an “and” proposition. We should use current teaching pedagogies and effective global collaboration pedagogies as part of the complete, healthy classroom ecosystem. You can get your classrooms and schools there one step at a time. This book will teach you how.”
  • Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students (2009)
    • “Integrating global education into standards-based lessons allows students to connect personally with their peers across geographical boundaries, expand their knowledge and awareness of the world, and increase their interest and curiosity in what they are learning. Global Education is a guide to get you started. It provides an introduction to global networks such as iEarn, Global Schoolhouse, and ePals; an overview of Web 2.0 tools that support global learning, such as wikis, blogs, and podcasts; and hundreds of Web resources.”

Websites about Technology in Global Education

  • Connect all schools 
    • An interactive website built to enable schools to indicate how they are connected to the world and for new teachers, school administrators and parents to work with consortium partners on building new links.
  • iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)
    • A non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies.
    • They also have some great, free webinars
  • The Global Education Collaborative
    • A virtual, global education community. Find upcoming global education events, colleagues, and resources.
    • They host the Global Education Conference – A free, online conference that takes place over multiple days and in multiple languages. The conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.
  • Global Concerns Classroom
    • An innovative, dynamic global education program that empowers youth to explore global issues, speak out and take action against poverty and hunger.
  • Taking it Global
    • Join a community of global educators, access online resources and activities, and create an interactive classroom.
  • Global Education Wiki
    • A wiki full of global project examples, resources for teacher professional development and lesson planning, and teaching.

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One response to “Global Education

  1. Check out http://www.kidworldcitizen.org 🙂 We have lots of activities for parents and teachers to increase global and cultural awareness in their kids!

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