There are many different ways and opportunities to connect our students with schools and communities around the world. Here are a few tools to help.

Rock our World - Collaborating through music

Since 2004, Rock Our World has been connecting students and teachers to collaborate in composing original music, making movies, and meeting each other in live video chats.  Using Apple’s GarageBand, each country creates a 30 second drum beat.  When it comes back to the original country, it has touched students from all over the world!  While the music is moving, students are meeting each other in live video chats to discuss various topics of curriculum

RESPECT - Refugee Education Sponsorship Program

RESPECT International is a refugee education sponsorship program, and their global letter exchange program puts refugee students in written communication with non-refugee students.  They seek to raise awareness of refugee issues, to build bridges between refugee and non-refugee students, and to encourage students to raise awareness of refugee issues.  Your classroom will correspond with a refugee or internally displaced persons (IDP) school in another country to meet one or more of these three goals

IFLA - International Federation of Library Associations

Sister Libraries is a branch of the International Federation for Library Associations. It aims to connect two libraries (public or school) to facilitate the exchange of information regarding their children's and young adult's sections. Through this program libraries can gain more support from authorities, raise awareness about the importance of youth literacy, and benefit from the relationship with a fellow library from abroad.

Skype in the Classroom - Skype a class anywhere in the world

Skype in the Classroom provides a directory for educators to find partners in the US or overseas for collaborative projects and exchange of ideas and best practices.  Interactions are then conducted via videoconferencing (Skype).  There are currently over 17,000 teachers and over 960 projects listed.  Teachers create profiles and then post projects or respond to existing projects.  Teacher and project directories are both searchable by age range, language, country and category

iEARN - Collaborative projects for many disciplines

There are over 150 projects in iEARN all designed and facilitated by teachers and students to fit their curriculum and classroom needs and schedules. To join, participants select an online project and look at how they can integrate it into their classroom. With the project selected teachers and students enter online forum spaces to meet one another and get involved in ongoing projects with classrooms around the world.

Global Virtual Classroom

The Global Virtual Classroom People Exchanging Perspectives Clubhouse is a multi-national, on-line cooperation activity for students from 6 to 18 years old. Using Internet technologies to communicate, participating schools can do something as simple as exchanging electronic postcards or as complex as building a website or other projects on-line together. 

Global SchoolNet

Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century learning and improve academic performance through content driven collaboration. They engage teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding. 

US Institute of Peace - Peace Building Center

The Global Peacebuilding Center extends USIP’s educational work to new audiences, introducing them to key concepts and skills in conflict management and to the challenges and importance of peacebuilding. Through multimedia exhibits, educational programs, and online resources and activities, the Global Peacebuilding Center seeks to engage the next generation of peacebuilders.

Global Nomads

The Global Nomads Group’s purpose is to foster dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. GNG’s educational programs include video conferencing and videos for learning content on a variety of international issues relevant to teachers and students. All GNG programs are directly linked to school curricula, education standards and 21st century learning objectives, and are accompanied by lesson plans and training to teachers. 

Pritzker Center on Reporting

The Pulitzer Center invites educators to use reporting in the classroom. They have some great tools and services to support teachers. The Lesson Builder is a quick, easy and flexible way to create curriculum, using Pulitzer Center reporting. The secondary school program gives young people a multi-dimensional educational experience. They also have an archive of newspapers from around the world that can be used in a classroom

GEC - Global Education Conferences

The Global Education Collaborative is an online community for those interested in global education.  Through multimedia forums and projects, members can join students, parents, teachers, administrators, higher education professionals, non-profit organizations, consultants and businesses to find common interests related to global education

Model UN

Online Model United Nations (O-MUN) is a not-for-profit project by the Global Leadership Center at UT Austin. O-MUN believes in democratizing the availability of the Model United Nations experience, to engage all high school students in the collaborative process of problem solving and consensus building, and to foster leadership and positive engagement through the discussion and debate of the world’s most pressing problems. The services are provided for free. 

Flat Connections Project

The Flat Connections™ Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and high school students. This project is part of the emerging trend in internationally-aware schools to embrace a holistic and constructivist educational approach to work collaboratively with others around the world in order to create students who are competitive and globally-minded. The Project uses Web 2.0 tools to make communication and interaction between students and teachers from all participating classrooms easier

Facing the Future - Global Sustainability Projects

Facing the Future creates tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future

ePals

EPals is a global community of collaborative learners, teachers, and academic experts in 200 countries and territories. EPals provides connections to students, classes, and school districts worldwide that are safe and secure. It is the safe and protected solution for linking classes, schools, and school districts globally via ePals SchoolMail™, ePals SchoolBlog™, and Classroom Match.

Connect All Schools

The website has stories posted by educators about how they have globalized their classrooms. Search by country or by locations in the US. Add your own story with text and pictures. Be inspired to help connect every school in the US with the world by 2016!

edutopia

It is a student centered, project based approach to learning core subject matter and basic skills with meaningful activities that examine complex, real-world issues. Project learning helps students develop and retain useful, working knowledge of subjects that are often taught in isolation and abstraction