Global WebFriends

What is a Global WebFriend?
In order to be a Global WebFriend, scholars agree to communicate their international experiences to a North Carolina classroom via email. Scholars are in various regions of the globe with stays ranging from three months to two years. Scholars typically come from one of the following programs:

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars
For over half a century, the Rotary Foundation has sent qualified scholars, college students and young professionals, overseas to serve as goodwill ambassadors in order to gain new insights in international understanding.  While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups.  Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Study Abroad at UNC
The Study Abroad Office  offers more than 300 study abroad programs in more than 70 countries. Each program is expected to meet the University’s high academic standards and to integrate with the curriculum. By offering students the chance to live and to study in a foreign setting, study abroad extends their intellectual horizons and encourages them to become more self-reliant, empathetic, and sensitive to other cultures.

Trans-Atlantic Master’s Program Graduate Students
The TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM) trains graduate students pursuing international careers in administration, diplomacy, business, policy-making, consulting, teaching, and research. Offered by way of partnerships between world-renowned universities in the United States and Europe, TAM is a unique and intensive degree program. TAM students pursue graduate study on both sides of the Atlantic while earning a master’s degree.

Kenya Pen Pals
Kenya Pen Pals facilitates postal and digital-based pen pal connections and learning exchanges with eager primary (K-8) and secondary (9-12) schools in Kenya through Give Something Back International Foundation, an international 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Interested classrooms  can exchange ideas on any topic, as long as they want to connect with students in Kenya. Kenyan students communicate in English and correspondence between the U.S. and Kenya averages around a month through the postal service.

Click on the map to view where our current WebFriends are living and studying overseas.

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How Does my Classroom Benefit?

A Global WebFriend provides unique insights into everyday life abroad. North Carolina classrooms can communicate regularly with their WebFriend allowing students to engage in inquiry, dialog, and action, the cornerstones of global education. Teachers can also use their WebFriend’s first-hand experiences to reflect concepts and curriculum supported by the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Inquiry: gathering data, asking questions, searching for variety, comparing and contrasting, exploring, developing critical thinking skills.

Dialogue: connecting to others, stating a position, considering different perspectives, identifying differences, creating agreements, broadening areas of acceptance.

Action: corresponding with WebFriends, hosting international students, service learning, travel for the purpose of study, take an action-based position.


Next Steps

In order to create the best Global WebFriend connection for your classroom, please fill out and submit an online request.

  1. Fill out and submit the  Classroom Participation Form below. 
  2. Receive WebFriend’s contact information from Global WebFriend Coordinator*
  3. Initiate contact with WebFriend and let the learning begin!
    *Based on availability

Classroom Participation Form

–10 Lesson Plan Links to support your e-correspondence!–
1. Peace Corps World Wise: Cross-Cultural Understanding (by subject and country)
2. Children’s Literature from Around the World
3. Teaching Global Issues
4. Understanding Kids Around the World
5. Outreach World (interdisciplinary global lesson plans)
6. National Geographic’s My Wonderful World
7. Newseum: The Interactive Museum of News
8. Heifer International’s Educator Kits (registration necessary)
9. UNC’s Culture Kit Lending Library (free!)
10. United Nation’s Cyber Schoolbus (curriculum guides)


Country Profiles Links–
CIA World Factbook
UNICEF Information By Country
Country Timezones
BBC Country Profiles
US Department of State for Youth
Children of Diplomats

–Technology Communication Tools–
Discover new mediums of communication with your WebFriend abroad. The following links introduce you to free communication tools. Many programs include a form of audio or audiovisual communication. The world is now smaller than you think. Take a chance, and see your students learning come alive! Click here to read our communication tips for classrooms.

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VoiceThread
VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to leave comments in 5 ways – using voice, text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Participants can share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. www.voicethread.com

Elluminate
Elluminate is a provider of live Web conferencing and eLearning solutions. Users can expand the boundaries of the physical classroom with remote guest speakers, connect students from other classrooms around the world for combined lessons, and record content for students who miss a class or need help preparing for exams. In addition to the software, all that is needed is a computer, a hardwire connection to the internet, and a web cam. www.elluminate.com

WiziQ
Teachers and students anywhere in the world can connect and meet live in the virtual classroom for an online interactive class. The collaborative web conferencing environment enables you to communicate synchronously using video and audio or through text chat, and to share presentations, documents and images on an interactive whiteboard.www.wiziq.com

Skype
Skype is a software application downloaded onto your computer that lets you talk over the Internet to other people using Skype, anywhere in the world for free. www.skype.com

PBWorks
PB Works allows you to create a website that can be edited and collaborated with others. Teachers can mark their wiki public or private allowing only their students to have editing access to the page when necessary.
http://pbworks.com/

Blogs
Short for “web log”, a blog is a web page that serves as an individual’s public personal journal. Typically updated regularly, blogs often reflect the personality of the author and allow users to interact with different audiences.
www.blogger.com

For more information regarding the Global WebFriends program, please contact:
Alexandria Faulkenbury
World View Program Associate
919/843-8210
afaulkenbury@unc.edu