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Global Connections

Gaming for Change: Learning about Global Issues through Serious Games

Serious online games are great media to engage students to learn about global issues. Theoretical perspectives, case studies, pedagogical approaches and sample lessons will be discussed in this session.

Unleashing Your Inner Geographer: Explore and Create with National Geographic

New resources from National Geographic Education—including easy-to-use tools for creating map tours and current event connections—bring the interconnected world and its geographic systems to your fingertips.

Experience Turkey: Teacher Tours Sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation

Experience Turkey, the modern, vibrant nation at the intersection of East and West. Explore centuries-old architecture, savor culinary delights and soak up Turkey's rich culture during these two-week tours.

Travel around the World without Leaving the Classroom

Awaken your students' curiosity by bringing the world into their classroom and expanding their knowledge of world history, geography, and cultures as well as their skills in critical thinking, writing, research, and analysis through the use of various strategies. A CD with lesson plans and teaching materials tied to various K-12 history, geography, and language arts standards will be provided.

Others' Lives: Using Current Non-Fiction Resources to Advance Global Understanding

Enrich your students' views and understanding of historical events, cultural diversity, and global issues through the use of web-based strategies that utilize current non-fiction resources (e.g., memoirs, newspaper articles, etc.) to improve reading comprehension, content knowledge, and interdisciplinary writing skills.

Human Rights Education in the Middle School Classroom: What You Do Matters

What is at the heart of who we are as a society? Join this session and walk away with classroom-ready tools and activities to teach your students about historical and present day issues and the activists who made a difference. Technology and active learning to engage middle school students in human rights will be emphasized.

Cultural Literacy--Getting to Know the Sikh Americans

Explore Sikh culture, traditions, identity, and faith with "Fun Facts"; "Did You Know"; and "Culture Quiz" segments that entertain and inform. This program will leave students engaged and enlightened.

Humanity in the Midst of War: Empowering Tomorrow's Global Citizens

War is much more complicated than a video game. Give your students the skills to grapple with global issues and explore humanitarian responses to conflict. Free, standards-aligned, ready-to-use resources provided.

Engaging ELLs in Meaningful Social Studies and Literacy Learning

Using narrative, students participate in learning experiences from the viewpoint of a character to construct personal understandings about subject matter and apply literacy skills within a meaningful context. Curriculum provided.

Creating e-Books that Matter: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Janet Wong ( has written e-books on endangered animals, political awareness, and other social issues. Join her in a step-by-step workshop on publishing your own e-book. Come ready to create!


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