Outbreak at Watersedge


A game to introduce concepts of public health. Available in Spanish and English.

The Pew Global Attitudes Project


Report on recent changes in global public attitudes, plus more polls and surveys, from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Climate Crisis


Al Gore’s site on climate change. Click on “the science” for discussion of global warming and consequences.

Understanding Globalization


A PBS site with a good introduction, pro and con quotes table, and links to globalization sites.

Globalization 101


Globalization101.org is an Internet resource offered by the Levin Institute to promote a greater understanding of globalization. Globalization101.org provides information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Our goal is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers.

7 billion Others


This website allows students to hear and compare the testimonies of over 5,000 members of humanity as they answer the same questions about their fears, dreams, ordeals, hopes.

Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet


This Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet was prepared by the Department of Education’s International Education Initiative.

Jennifer’s Language Page


This language page lists greetings and common phrases in over 800 languages.

The Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature


The Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature allows you to search multicultural literature by language, ethnicity, and nationality.

Southern Center for International Studies


Southern Center for International Studies’ web site presents the World in Transition series for incorporating international affairs into middle and high school classrooms.

New York Times Learning Network


New York Times Learning Network provides activities and lessons covering global history, current events, and other content areas.

CCI Greenhart


Since 1985, CCI Greenheart has offered cultural exchange programs in the U.S. that connect Americans with international students. As the leading nonprofit cultural exchange sponsor that blends service learning and volunteerism into all of our programs, we are effectively creating a community of compassionate and conscious global citizens.

Global Teacher Education

GTE was established to support the internationalization of teacher preparation, having been inspired by the pioneering work of the Longview Foundation and their seminal 2008 report Teacher Preparation for the Global Age: The Imperative for Change. Global Teacher Education, Inc (GTEI) is a public charity exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the . . . → Read More: Global Teacher Education

Language Course Vocabulary Trainer

The Language Course Vocabulary Trainer offers a comprehensive set of 5000 words in several languages. All words are presented with audio, images and with progressive intervals of repetition that ensure optimum retention. It is completely free.


Oxfam America’s Hunger Banquet

http://www.hungerbanquet.org This innovative site invites a person to step into a world where access to food and other resources are often scarce. By “taking a seat” at the Hunger Banquet table, the user assumes the role of a person from a developing nation and is forced to make choices which will determine his or her . . . → Read More: Oxfam America’s Hunger Banquet

My Community, Our Earth


MyCOE will showcase projects by secondary school and university students that use the methods and tools of geography to document how students’ communities are changing and to explore how they might be made more sustainable. Extensive resource materials will be made available to participating students and schools, both on-line and through resource kits . . . → Read More: My Community, Our Earth

WorldWatch Institute

http://www.worldwatch.org Worldwatch is a non-profit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems.

Earthwatch Institute

http://www.earthwatch.org Earthwatch Institute promotes the sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships among scientists, the general public, educators, and businesses. In the “education” section of the website, it features “The Earthwatch Global Classroom” which serves as a resource for teachers interested in bringing Earthwatch curriculum into their classrooms.

World Health Organization Statistical Information

http://www.who.int/research/en The mission of the International Food Policy Research Institute is to identify and analyze policies for sustainably meeting the food needs of the developing world.

UN Fund for Population Activity

http://www.unfpa.org UNFPA’s three main areas of work are: to help ensure universal access to reproductive health, to support population and development strategies that enable capacity-building in population programming; to promote awareness of population and development issues and to advocate for the mobilization of the resources and political will necessary to accomplish its areas of work. . . . → Read More: UN Fund for Population Activity

World Bank


World Bank provides a wealth of data on various countries and regions for classroom use. The above address leads to a learning portal designed to help teachers and young people explore the extensive content and learning opportunities available on the World Bank’s main website. DEPweb, another useful World Bank page, has classroom-ready teaching . . . → Read More: World Bank

Population Reference Bureau

http://www.prb.org This site provides current worldwide population information.

Facing the Future

http://www.facingthefuture.org Facing the Future: People and Planet is a non-profit organization providing teachers, students, and the public with dynamic and successful global issues education and action opportunities to shape our future. Our programs address the interconnected issues of population, poverty, consumption, peace and conflict, and the environment.

UNESCO Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) has created this web-based professional development program as a way to educate others about the concepts surrounding sustainable development for the future. In addition to the health, consumer, and citizenship education modules, there are eight curricular themes that are designed to be interdisciplinary: culture and religion, . . . → Read More: UNESCO Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Education Website

http://www.education.noaa.gov NOAA’s many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced.

NewsHour Extra

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra NewsHour Extra is a current events website for and by teenagers. The site provides students with the context necessary to make connections between what they’re studying in school and what’s happening in the world.

Fin, Fur, and Feather Bureau of Investigation

http://fffbi.com Fin, Fur, and Feather Bureau of Investigation is an international website for kids of all ages chronicling the exploits of an unusual, animal-run detective agency. The site uses innovative, interactive stories and cleverly disguised original thinking games to get kids to solve mysteries and learn crucial skills along the way. The FFFBI International Challenge . . . → Read More: Fin, Fur, and Feather Bureau of Investigation

Taking it Global

http://www.takingitglobal.org Taking It Global is a unique international organization because it is run by youth and for youth. It operates with the motivation that the problems in today’s world, in everything from global warming to the pervasive threat of AIDS/HIV, are all interconnected, and their global dimensions demand global solutions. Taking It Global seeks to . . . → Read More: Taking it Global

Voices of Youth

http://www.unicef.org/voy Voices of Youth invites youth to discuss how this world can become a place where the rights of every child are protected, that is, the right to live in peace, to have decent shelter, to be healthy and well-nourished, to have clean water, to play, to go to school, and to be protected from . . . → Read More: Voices of Youth

Concordia Language Villages

http://clvweb.cord.edu/prweb/ Summer camp sessions in Minnesota are offered in 10 different languages. Great for Middle School students.

Putumayo World Music

www.putumayo.com Putumayo World Music was established to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. Putumayo website includes links to K-12 curriculum guides for global music. The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than a million dollars to worthwhile non-profit organizations . . . → Read More: Putumayo World Music

Yale Global Online

http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/ This publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization is categorically organized by topics, such as economy, gender, and health, and by regions of the world with several articles translation into different languages . The online magazine explores the implications of the growing interconnectedness of the world, drawing on the rich intellectual . . . → Read More: Yale Global Online


http://spice.stanford.edu The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K-14 schools by developing multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes. The website includes a number of free resources, including lesson plans for elementary through community college levels.

US Agency for International Development

http://www.usaid.gov In the last 40 years, USAID has been a leader in helping the developing world improve education, health, agriculture and economic development, along with promoting democracy, providing humanitarian assistance and working to prevent conflicts. The website presents an overview of its work to build international relations.

The Global SchoolHouse

http://www.gsh.org Global SchoolHouse provides online opportunities for teachers to collaborate, communicate, and celebrate shared learning experiences.

Global Gazetteer

http://www.fallingrain.com/world This worldwide directory of cities and towns is searchable by country, but unlike many sites with cultural profiles, the information is geographic in nature. The city’s longitude, latitude, altitude and current weather is regularly provided along with maps and links to nearby cities.

Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html Part of the University of Texas at Austin’s extensive map collection has been scanned for online users. The site is a top resource, with maps from all over the world, and no permission is needed for downloading and copying the images.

The Gateway to Educational Materials

http://www.thegateway.org The U.S. Department of Education sponsored the creation of the Gateway, which is a consortium effort designed to provide educators with quick and easy access to the substantial, but uncatalogued, collections of educational materials found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. Using the search engine, one can search broad or . . . → Read More: The Gateway to Educational Materials

The World Factbook

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html The World Factbook is a great source for global learning. Almost every country in the world is represented, with facts about geography, population, government, economy, communication, and transportation. World Factbook also provides an overview of transnational issues.

National Geographic

http://www.nationalgeographic.com The world-famous journal has a website. It provides news, resources, games, a Kids Section, and a World Magazine for Kids. An array of world maps with zoom ability are housed at this site at http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/index.html.

Selecting Using Multicultural Literature


Created by UNC Professor Sandra Hughes-Hassell, School of Information and Library Science and Katy Vance, MLS, School of Information and Library Science

Global TeachNet

http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/education/ Initiated by the National Peace Corps Association (NCPA), this site serves as a network for educators dedicated to bringing the world and global perspectives to U.S. classrooms. The site provides lesson plans, resources, and information about workshops and awards for global educators.

United Nations Cyber School bus

http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org The United Nations CyberSchoolBus provides resources about the United Nations, overviews of curriculum units published by the UN, and globally-focused games and puzzles.

Heifer International Classroom Resources


Heifer’s classroom resources give teachers the resources to educate their students about their world neighbors, hunger and poverty and sustainable development while inspiring students to help Heifer build a better world.

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights This PBS site complements the six-hour television program of the same name. Its purpose is to promote better understanding of the current global economic system; the forces, values, and perceptions that shape it; and the circumstances under which it has evolved to its present state. The site includes a timeline of key historical events, . . . → Read More: Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

P.O.V.’s Borders

http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2002/borders P.O.V.’s Borders is PBS’s first original Web-only series and will explore the potential of interactive storytelling by investigating the concept of ‘borders’ in everyday life. The site includes an eight-week interactive drama following the lives of three teenagers from the US-Mexico border, short digital essays on the idea of borders, related lesson plans, and . . . → Read More: P.O.V.’s Borders

PBS Frontline/World

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/index.html FRONTLINE/World is a national public TV series that turns its lens on the global community, covering countries and cultures rarely seen on American television. The television series is complemented by an extensive Web site, which publishes original reporting, interviews, reporter diaries, and interactive features. Visitors can also watch all our broadcast stories on our . . . → Read More: PBS Frontline/World

Global Classrooms: A Model UN Initiative

http://www.unausa.org/curriculum For teachers who are new to Model UN but are unable to attend MUN conferences, or those educators in search of a creative way to improve students skills in researching, writing, and public speaking, UNA-USA offers a number of curriculum units that focus on learning through role-playing and negotiation. The first, Peacekeeping Unit, culminates . . . → Read More: Global Classrooms: A Model UN Initiative


http://www.cnn.com/fyi/teachers.lessonplan/ Each day CNNfyi carries top stories that are appropriate in vocabulary and content for junior and senior high school students. Each story is accompanied by a full lesson plan or a shorter “discussion/ activity.”

Scholastic for Teachers

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities Scholastic provides a number of online tools for cross-cultural learning. Sections include Asian American Heritage, Black History, Hispanic Heritage, Immigration, and “Global Trek,” among others.

Newseum: The Interactive Museum of News

http://www.newseum.org Explore the website of the world’s first interactive museum of news, featuring daily front pages from more than 200 U.S. and international newspaper front pages, news trivia, in-depth features on the war in Iraq, the Holocaust, editorial cartoons, and photojournalism, and much more.

Outreach World: A Resource for Teaching Kids About the World

http://www.outreachworld.org Explore the new website of nation-wide K-12 outreach programs under the umbrella of the 120 university-based National Resource Centers (NRCs), 42 Language Resource Centers (LRCs), and Centers for International Business and Education Research (CIBERs) based at 44 universities. During the current pilot phase, the contents of Outreach World focus mainly on the Middle East, . . . → Read More: Outreach World: A Resource for Teaching Kids About the World

The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at Brown University

http://www.choices.edu/index.php The Choices Program of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University develops supplemental curricula on current issues for high school classrooms. Choices curriculum materials can be used in a range of courses including U.S. history, world history, global studies, and government. New and updated units are frequently posted online for downloading free . . . → Read More: The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at Brown University

The Virtual Diego Rivera Web Museum

http://www.diegorivera.com Diego Rivera (1886-l957) was one of the most prominent Mexican painters of the 20th century. This site is well-designed and interactive, offering photos of his murals, a biography, and online film clips.

¡del Corazón!

http://www.delcorazon.si.edu Featuring the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of art by Latino artists, ¡del Corazón! is an interactive, educational webzine for teachers and students.

The Panama Canal

http://www.pancanal.com/ This visually impressive site offers the history of, and current issues around, the Panama Canal. A useful site for educators and upper level students.

Why So Many Frogs


Discovering Costa Rica


Maya Adventure

http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/ma/ The Science Museum of Minnesota presents this online Mayan adventure to highlight science activities and information related to ancient and modern Mayan culture. Best for in-class learning activities, especially at the elementary and middle school levels.

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

http://www.raingod.com/angus/Gallery/Photos/SouthAmerica/Peru/IncaTrail.html This website includes a virtual tour of the trail, with images and commentary.

Andes Expedition: Searching for Inca Secrets

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/andes/ This site sumarizes the National Geographic Andes Expedition. The site focuses on a “virtual autopsy” of the Mount Ampato ice maiden, who was discovered accidentally in 1995 and made global headlines.

Cultures of the Andes

http://www.andes.org/bookmark.html Cultures of the Andes contains various links that introduce readers to music, literature, and other aspects of Andean culture.

Warriors of the Amazon

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/shaman/shaman2.html PBS Nova presents an online introduction to the Warriors of the Amazon who inhabit the barely-accessible El Oriente region of Ecuador.

Lesson Plan on Haiti

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/project-haiti-holding-a-teach-in/?nl=learning&emc=a1 What are the effects of the earthquake in Haiti? What issues, problems and questions has the disaster caused and raised? How are students responding personally, and how can they help? In this lesson, students either participate in a personal response activity or engage in an in-depth teach-in project, researching topics related to the earthquake . . . → Read More: Lesson Plan on Haiti

Zona Latina

http://www.zonalatina.com/Zlchild.htm Latin American Children Resources is a collection of reading sources, internet sites, television web pages, comics, and much more from Latin America. This site is for younger children to learn more about Latin children’s culture. It is also useful to educators as it contains research articles on Latin American children and education.

Education World: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson023.shtml This site contains a wonderful article on lesson planning for the National Hispanic Heritage month (September 15-October 15), and includes interesting information about the region. Best for K-12 educators.

Bilingual Books for Kids

http://www.bilingualbooks.com/ Multicultural Connections y Cosas Hispanicas® is a great bilingual collection of legends, myths, poetry, dictionaries, songs, prose, and materials for teachers and parents available for sale (all grade levels).

UNC Libraries: Resources for Teaching Latin America

http://www.lib.unc.edu/subjectguides/worldview/teachinglatinamerica/ UNC at Chapel Hill has many valuable resources for K-12 and community college educators who are adding a global dimension to their teaching. World View is happy to help connect you to these wonderful resources. Teresa Chapa, UNC Librarian for Latin America, Iberia and Latina/Latino Studies, has developed the above online list of resources.

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Political Database of the Americas

http://pdba.georgetown.edu/ This database provides reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies, and statistical data on countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Latin American Database

http://www.ladb.unm.edu This University of New Mexico site is an internet-based news and educational service in English about Latin America. The site features weekly electronic news bulletins about Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America. It also houses a searchable archive of over 24,000 articles dated from 1986. Subscription required.

Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC at Chapel Hill

http://www.unc.edu/depts/ilas The Outreach Office of the Institute of Latin American Studies focuses on strengthening relationships with NC schools, providing Latin American resources for classroom use and aiding educators abilities to incorporate Latin American content in language, social studies, communications and art instruction. This is accomplished through professional development workshops, a lending library of Latin American . . . → Read More: Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC at Chapel Hill