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Online PD
Digital Storytelling
Global Education Forum
Grants and Opportunities Analysis, how-tos, lesson plans, and more. 

Technology Ideas and Tools Help Students Take Action

Students in Delhi engaged in a videoconference with a school in Washington, DC. Courtesy: LumenEd.
Of the four domains of global competence, the one that teachers can struggle with the most is taking action. How do we help students apply what they have learned, either individually or in groups? How do they identify local and global issues, make a plan, and then take an action and make their voices heard?

Luckily, there are many digital tools that can connect your students in ways that promote a mindset of taking action and applied learning. Many of these can even be learned together with students. Here is a selection of digital tools for your students, along with some examples of global projects teachers have used them for. Read on

> Updated guide to getting started with Twitter for #globaled.
> Apps for global learning.
> Online Chinese learning.
> More ideas for using technology to develop global competence.

Online PD

In recent years, technology has offered educators the opportunity to benefit from online professional development and continuing education. As more of our work becomes digitized, it is important to understand the many benefits of online learning. Here are a few to consider.

Other Online PD Resources:
> Using Badges to Recognize Educator PD
Game Based Learning PD
Instructional Videos for Chinese Teachers

> Start your online learning with The Global Competence CertificateApplications due May 10


Digital Storytelling

Sometimes it is not possible to take students outside of the classroom. How then do you help them to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives? Chelsea Waite, initiatives manager of Digital Promise Global, shares some ways to use digital media and technology to tell multi-faceted stories and connect students to international audiences. Read on.

More Resources:
> Photography Can Transform Student's Perspectives

To learn more from U.S. and world education leaders on how to engage with global competence, follow our blog on Education Week.

Call for Proposals!

We are now accepting proposals for Breakout Sessions (75 minutes) and Teacher Swap Shops (25 minutes) at the 2015 Global Education Forum. 

Proposals are due by April 30.

Grants and Opportunities

Each month, we share grants and opportunities that help build global competence. Follow us on Twitter to get the announcements as we hear about them. 

  • INTERNSHIPS: Asia Society’s Endowment for Educational Opportunity provides paid internships for promising undergraduates who might not otherwise be able to devote a summer to work at a non-profit organization. The goal of the Endowment is to give selected students greater knowledge of world affairs as well as practical experience in non-profit and Asia-related careers. Read more.

For Teachers/Administrators

  • Host an Exchange Student: Consider hosting an exchange student sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in your home or school. Learn more and fill out an interest form.
  • The Program for Teaching East Asia is accepting applications on rolling-admission basis for its 2015 summer institute on Korea - Korea’s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues. July 13-17. Receive a stipend, travel allowance and more. Deadline: April 30
  • American Friends of Russian Folklore: Middle school and high school teachers can travel to Russia for free on one of several travel programs. Deadline: April 31.
  • Voya Unsung Heroes Awards: Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Due April 30
  • The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The 2013 Awards will honor math and science teachers working in grades K-6. Applications must be completed by May 1.
  • Jan Stauber Grant: This grant awards $500 to K-12 teachers and librarians who develop a teaching project introducing young people to Sherlock Holmes. Deadline May 1.
  • Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership: Dominion accepts grant applications, up to $10,000, to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen math and science education through the study of energy or the environment. Due May 15
  • Teach in Bhutan: The Bhutan Canada Foundation is offering K-12 teachers the opportunity to teach in Bhutan. Deadline: May 31.
  • National High School Journalism Teacher Awards Program identifies outstanding high school journalism teachers with at least three years experience. Winners receive expense-paid travel, a laptop computer, and more. A senior student at the winning teacher's school will receive a $1,000 college scholarship to major in news-editorial journalism. Deadline: July 9
  • Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award: This award recognizes innovative contributions by information science teachers. Prize includes $1,000 in cash and $500 towards travel to the American Society for Information Science and Technology annual meeting. Deadline is August 1.
  • Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant: Educational institutions that wish to purchase teaching materials for their Japanese-language courses may receive $1,000 from JFLA. Deadline: September 15

For Students

  • Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards: Youth media makers ages 13-18 can enter their work in the form of a photo, illustration, audio piece, or short video to win prizes including hardware, cash, and more. Deadline is April 20.
  • Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge: Students create an one- to two-minute on one of the following: preventing the spread of germs/disease; food safety; sun protection; or wind-resistant structures. Maximum award: $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to 3M's World Headquarters. Deadline: April 21
  • iWitness Video Challenge asks middle and high school students to use their innovation and creativity to create positive value in their communities by doing something ordinary (or extraordinary), and then asks them to build a video telling the story. Deadline: May 8
  • 2015 Goi Peace Foundation: Take part in the UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People and write on the theme "building peace in our hearts and minds." Winners will receive a cash prize plus a trip to Japan. Due June 15.
  • PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival is a chance to showcase your videomaking skills. This year's themes are migration, diversity, and social inclusion. Get your submission in by June 15.

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