why global education?
This short video is a must-watch for those beginning their foray into global education. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the dangers of a single story, and helps viewers to understand the importance of educating our children to be global citizens. Even after mulitple watchings, it can make teachers rethink the way they frame teaching history, literature and the arts.
Digital learning inventory
ThingLink is a tool to help students group and detail images. Think of it like an annotated Pintrest board. Here is an example I created that summarizes the Technology Learning Environment in my school. You can also get a preview of the LMS Jupiter Ed, the English Language Arts curriculum StudySync, and a infographic explaining Google Apps for Education.
If you are looking to connect your students digitally to classrooms around the world there are a few tools you should consider. KidBlog allows students to write their own blogs and interact with others as well. You could partner with a class and blog back and forth to each other. Flipgrid is a way students can create short videos on a topic and comment back to each other. Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher did this with their classes across the country and have lots to share. Padlet is a way to create board on a topic and have users contribute. I used this for the Global Read Aloud and students enjoyed reading responses from around the country.
Global education assessment tools
My favorite resource for assessment is from the Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World by Veronica Boix Mansilla and Anthony Jackson. The entire document is useful, but here you can find the 5 pages specifically for assessment. If you are working on Communicate Ideas, you can find a long list of activities for students that will allow you to assess their global learning.
Asia Society’s The Center for Global Education has resources specifically designed for English Language Arts teachers. They have free downloadable materials to helps support teachers using the global competencies in ELA, in addition to materials for other subject areas as well.
This Global Education Checklist by Fred Czarra is another great resource for teachers. This is a comprehensive tool that can be used to create next steps for LEA’s that are looking to move towards global education.