In our increasingly connected and interdependent world, it’s critically important that young people have opportunities to engage with diverse cultural perspectives, build geographic knowledge, grow global competency, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to consider and address our shared global challenges. At Global Education Day in Atlanta this year, I was inspired by all the ways that educators are bringing these kinds of experiences into the classroom. How do you teach global citizenship? Check out this video playlist for ideas and inspiration.
Video Playlist: Developing Global Citizens
Watch the first video below, or watch the whole playlist on YouTube.
- Planetary Collective Presents CONTINUUM [Trailer] (3:16)
Poets, astronauts, storytellers, and others discuss our shared planetary destiny; in tandem with OVERVIEW, an earlier film about astronauts’ stories of seeing the Earth from space, this clip may help spark conversations about global stewardship.
- World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements (8:30)
Interviews and classroom footage offer a satisfying snapshot into John Hunter's The World Peace Game, a game-based learning activity crafted to teach students about global challenges. For more, check out Hunter’s talk for Big Think or his TED talk.
- Ubuntu, Global Oneness Project (8:17)
This film about an African philosophy of human kindness is one of many films produced and curated by the Global Oneness Project. See their educator materials; the films can serve as introductions to global themes, environmental issues, and multicultural awareness.
- The Global Classroom, Live From South Africa (13:45)
In this talk from TEDxCapeTownED, Steve Sherman talks about how technology is creating new possibilities for global collaboration among educators and students. His forays into global education might help you generate some ideas of your own.
- Mystery Skype: Connecting Classrooms Around the World (1:58)
Mystery location calls (whether via Skype, Google Hangout, or similar technologies) are an accessible strategy for connecting students to other classrooms around the world. If you're not already familiar, this video from Microsoft is a nice primer.
- What is Global Read Aloud? (1:11)
Teacher Pernille Ripp explains the genesis of the Global Read Aloud, a collaborative effort by teachers all over the world to read the same book aloud to their classes during September. Learn how to participate on the the Global Read Aloud website.
- Dancing Around the World (4:12)
In 2014, the internet exploded with dance videos set to Pharrell William’s hit song "Happy." Teacher Lisa Parisi, co-founder of the Our Global Friendships Wiki, helped her students work with other students across the globe to create a video that will make you smile.
More Resources for the Global Educator
One of the best ways to find resources and ideas for teaching global citizens is to connect with other global educators. The free, entirely virtual, fifth annual Global Education Conference, held Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 21, 2014, is a good place to do just that. In addition, whether you’ve been fostering your students’ global competence for many years or are just getting started, here are a few resources that should help.