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A Life Like Mine

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Life Like Mine tells the story of how children live around the world through four themes:  survival, development, protection, participation.  Excellent images and text suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. Truly has a global perspective. Includes many visuals and maps.

Is is published by UNICEF.

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Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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Another World is Possible

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Recommended because this film presents a sampling of the events and issues at The World Social Forum held Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2002. The World Social Forum was attended by 11,000 young people, non-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples, farmers, labour, and public officials. The event was in response to the World Economic Forum held in New York. This is an excellent film which presents alternative positions to the global governance debate. This 24 minute film is appropriate for grades 10-12. The film was produced in 2002 by Moving Images and directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young. Reviewed by Ron Reichel.

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BBC News

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site provides comprehensive news coverage of events around the world.  It is easily organized by region (see tabs at top on homepage), type of media (video, podcast, blog, etc.), and issues.   Because BBC has affiliate stations around the world, broadcasts can be found in multiple languages.  This site is appropriate for grades 7-12. Many selections provide excellent maps, video and audio presentations. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

 

CorpWatch

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Recommended because of its diverse resources ranging from basic facts on corporate power (of the largest 100 economies in the world today, 51 are corporations), to definitions of key terms used in the globalization debate to in-depth articles analyzing the corporate globalization process. CorpWatch counters corporate-led globalization through education, network-building, and activism. Topics and materials included in this site are perspectives about global issues from all parts of the world, organized by headings: Background, Related Links, Take Action, and Featured Articles. Start by the Corporate Globalization Fact Sheet (have your students check out these facts) and Grassroots Globalization (have your students predict possible outcomes of various social movements that become global) – both are links in the left hand column. Be aware of the fact that different sections have been updated at different times, but materials seem relevant. Developed by Deborah Hutton & Brian Winchester, 02/2004.

Cyberschoolbus

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Recommended because Cyberschoolbus is a United Nations global education project.  It provides a wealth of information for educators on the world and its issues. There is a link for purchasing publications in many languages, but also free curriculum resources for educators K-12.  Start with the curriculum links to locate free resources for each global education curriculum topic.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.


Ethnologue country index — Languages of the World

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Recommended because it lists all languages for each country with very detailed explanation, including the languages which are not commonly spoke and almost extinct. Start by the World , which provides an overall picturee. Be aware of the “more information” link for each language. This function will take viewer to more details about the langauge as well as its speakers.

Foreign Policy Association

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Recommended because the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a nonprofit organization that educates Americans about the world and global issues.  Start by learning about the Great Decisions Global Affairs Education Program.  Be aware that membership with the FPA and access to materials on this site requires a fee.  Updated by Sara Adduchio 2012.

 

Gapminder

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Recommended because Gapminder presents statistical data of the world in an easy to understand, unique way by Hans Rosling.  For a quick understanding of the material, Start with Gapminder World.  There is a category dedicated to educators with classroom resources, and brilliant comprehensive videos related to all things globally minded.  This website is appropriate for secondary students.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Global History: Geopolitical Patterns & Cultural Diffusion. (1999).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides a chronological treatment of major world events and cultural developments. The standards-based thematic essays concentrate on (historical, geographic, economic, and political) analysis and writing skills. The nine units are recommended for middle and high school students. The units are (1) Introduction to Global History, (2) Ancient World: Civilization & Religion, (3) Expanding Zones of Exchange & Encounter, (4) Global Interactions, (5) The First Global Age, (6) An Age of Revolutions ,(7) A Half Century of Crisis & Achievement, (8) The World since 1945, and (9) Global Connections & Interactions. The book also contains an extensive glossary and index, unit assessments, illustrations, and maps and a map list, Concentrates on thematic essay and document-based question writing skills for new assessments.

Citation: Kime, Sue Anne, & Stitch, Paul. Middletown, NY: N & N Publishing Company, Inc. http://www.nandnpublishing.com

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Globalization 101

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this web site is extremely useful to secondary teachers and students who are studying globalization and global issues. Links which are provided are helpful to students and teachers and extend their research with extensive compilations of governmental and non governmental sources. Start by clicking on Teaching Tools. The user of this web site will find a number of lesson plans dealing with issues such as trade, technology, investment, health, culture, environment, migration, and IMF/World Bank. Reviewed by Ron Reichel. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Globalization and the Challenges of a New Century: A Reader. (2000).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it explores globalization and its impact from interdisciplinary perspectives. The ten-part book explores global order and disorder, the new nature of national borders, conflict and security in a new world order, globalization and the evolution of democracy, the new global economy, doing business in the information age, forecasting the future, the environment, and an emerging global culture.

Citation: O’Meara, Patrick, Mehlinger, Howard D., & Krain, Matthew (editors). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

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Greenpeace International

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its resources and work on environmental issues such as climate change, forests, oceans, nuclear energy, toxic wastes, trade and environment, and the effects of conflict.  Start by examining What we do and Multimedia  to get a sense of its resources through links to topics and to videos, webcams of Greenpeace ships and photo essays. Be aware  that Greenpeace is an advocacy organization with specific goals. Some visuals may not be appropriate for younger students. Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

International Monetary Fund

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Recommended because of its portrayal of one of the largest international financial organizations in the world. The site is one of a kind resource for acquiring the extensive official data and information about the past, present and future planned activities of the largest foreign investment establishment in the world. Topics and materials included in the site are articles, assessments, data tables, development reports, maps, and various other information which concerns the work of IMF in over 180 countries around the world. Start by the “Poverty Reduction: Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers” section under Topics. This sections offers a look at the countries’ “macroeconomic, structural and social policies and programs over a three year or longer horizon to promote broad-based growth and reduce poverty, as well as associated external financing needs and major sources of financing.” This is a good starting point for learning about particular countries’ economic development progress and the role that the IMF is playing in that process. Be aware of the fact that information in this site, because of its official nature, depicts only the IMF’s “cultured” perspective on the matters. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 07/21/03.

International Organization for Migration

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Recommended because the site encompasses a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. Topics about migration include assisted returns, counter-trafficking, labour migration, migration health, movements, mass information, and technical cooperation on migration, migration policy and research programme, working group on gender issues, individual portraits, and links to relevant program and project web sites. Start with Media to see photo essays an videos of stories of people and places.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Life: The Story So Far

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is the introduction to a major new series about how the newly globalized world economy is affecting ordinary people across the planet. Although most people today are better fed, clothed and educated than ever before, there’s also increasing anxiety about the future, and millions more now live in absolute poverty. The three highest-earning people in the world make more than the world’s poorest 40 countries combined.

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NATO

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its extensive and up-to-date coverage of NATO, its history and current state. The site is a good resource for learning about this important international organization, and it is easy to navigate. Topics and materials included in the site are extensive photo, audio, video, and text archives which offer large amounts of information on NATO’s international involvement throughout its entire existence. Start by the “Welcome to NATO” section or the “Frequently Asked Questions” section to get basic information about NATO. It is also recommended to start with “Issues” as it offers information about critical concerns that NATO is currently dealing with. Be aware of the fact that NATO, well-promoted by its “high-tech” site to suite young generations’ needs for stimulating virtual presentation, though important to know and reference, in reality if a “left-over” of the Cold War. Its international role is and will be drastically changing to suite today’s political game. Reviewd by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/20/03.

Navigating World History

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this book is a magisterial overview of the history and current state of this exciting field. Patrick Manning presents an invigorating picture of the teaching, research, and professional agendas that have shaped the evolution of world history in the academy. This lively study in the indispensable work for those who want a sure, insightful guide not only to world history but to the complexities of its historiography. Reviewed by Bonnie G. Smith, Professor of History, Rutgers University.

Citation: Manning, Patrick New York: Plagrave NacMillan, 2003

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On Prejudice: A Global Perspective. (1993).

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Recommended because it presents the works of acclaimed writers who analyze, explore, and discuss the pervasiveness of prejudice throughout human history (i.e., slavery, the Holocaust, apartheid, ethnic conflict in Europe and Africa, etc.). The book is divided into three sections: Section 1 uses essays to introduce readers to the values of prejudice, Section 2 explores prejudice through intercultural fiction and poetry, and Section 3 offers written works that explore hope, reconciliation, commonality, and peace. The book also provides (1) brief bibliographical biographies of contributors, (2) an appendix of selected human rights declarations and statements on race, and (3) a resource list of organizations that promote global understanding and the eradication of prejudice worldwide.

Citation: Gioseffi, Daniela. New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday.

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Oneworld.Net

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because OneWorld is one of the world’s favorite and fastest-growing civil society networks online, supporting people’s media to help build a more just global society. It brings together the latest news and views from over 1,600 organizations promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty worldwide. Users may find useful information categorized and organized by topics or regions/countries. Start by choosing any topic or country of your interest to see related guides and news.

Population Reference Bureau

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Recommended as a leader in providing timely and objective information on population trends (see Datafinder) and their implications as the world population exceeds 7 billion. Sections include focus areas, topics, and regions, datafinder, quickfacts, and PRB library. There are specific pages for educators and journalists,  Start with Datafinder for graphics and stats and Educators which provides lesson plans, resource guides, US in the world, etc. QuickFacts is also recommended since it provides information by topics related to population issues such as education, gender, population trends.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12

 

Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because hosted and narrated by Cameron Diaz, this exciting four-part program circles the globe, exploring the remarkable ways that energy touches our daily lives. Cleverly weaving together the lives of astronauts in the Space Station, villagers in the Amazon, and an actress in Hollywood, the film examines vital energy issues and suggests ways that students can create a sustainable future.Power Shift serves as a terrific thought-starter and discussion tool for sparking a conversation around energy, sustainability, and technology.

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Rand Corporation

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is the largest independent global research agency in the United States. The site includes publications of interested on topics such as terrorism, military strategy, education, international politics and culture. Start by examining the Publications section since most are available online for free. Be aware of that the majority of the publications are written by academics and experts in the field and may not be suitable for use within the classroom, but all the materials are excellent resources.

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Global Issues (3rd Ed.)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in global policy. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading environmentalists, scientists, and policy makers, reflect a variety of viewpoints and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework. For each issue, the editor provides a concise instruduction and postscript summary. The introduction sets the stage for the debate as it is argued in the “yes” and “no” readings, and the postscript briefly reviews the opposing view and suggests additional readings on the controversial issue under discussion.

Citation: Harf, James E. & Lombardi, Mark Owen Dubuque, Iowa: McGraw-Hill. 2005.

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Teaching about Global Awareness with Simulations & Games. (1994).

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Recommended because it contains simulations and games for middle and high school students to help them explore global issues (i.e., technology and development, politics, human rights, and world trade and interdependence). The activity book contains detailed instructions/debriefing information and reproducible handouts.

Citation: Lamy, Steven, et al. Denver: Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) ($34.95).

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Teaching World History: A Resource Book. (1997).

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Recommended because it provides lesson plans and ideas that focus on cross-cultural exchange, global themes, and comparative analyses in order to teach historical thinking and inquiry. The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 explores approaches to teaching world history and provides world history curricular models; Part 2 explores world history topics and issues (i.e., gender, religion, art, environment, civilizations, political systems, literature, trade, technology, philosophy, etc.); Part 3 provides strategies and lessons for elementary through graduate-level students.

Citation: Roupp, Heidi (editor). Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharp.

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The Globalization Reader.

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Recommended because this highly touted work contains a fair and balanced set of essays on the economic, political, and cultural aspects of globalization. It is extremely helpful to anyone who wishes to make sense of the various sides of the contemporary globalization debate. Developed by Deborah Hutton & Brian Winchest, 02/2004.

Citation: Lechner, Frank, & Boli, John. (Eds.). (2003). Oxford: Blackwell.

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The Stanley Foundation

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this non-profit, nonpartisan, private operating foundation focuses on promoting and building support for principled multilateralism in addressing international issues. Current foundation initiatives include: Global Leadership, Nuclear Material Security, and Preventing Genocide.  Start with Resources for educational materials. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The State of the War and Peace Atlas, 3rd edition (1997).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides global overviews on (1) international terrorism, (2) landmine and military dumping grounds, (3) military spending and nuclear testing, (4) arsenals and the arms trade, and (5) NATO and the UN. The book also provides full-color maps that explore (1) the dynamics of war, (2) wars of identity and belief, (3) wars of poverty and power, (4) the military world, and (5) the dynamics of peace.

Citation: Smith, Dan. London: Penguin.

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The State of the Women: Women’s Status around the Globe: Work, Health, Education, and Personal Freedom, 2nd edition (1997).

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Recommended because it explores women’s lives across continents and cultures. The book contains full-color maps, text, and other graphics that focus on (1) equality, motherhood, feminisms, beauty culture, women at work, women in the global economy, changing households, domestic violence, time budgets, girl children, lesbian rights, women in government, etc.

Citation: Seager, Joni. London: Penguin.

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The State of the World Atlas: The Unique Visual Survey of Political, Economic, and Social Trends, 6th edition. (1999).

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Recommended because it contains key political, economic, and social indicators translated into full-color maps and graphics. The book provides visual representations of such topics as (1) international debt and inflation, (2) production of goods and services, (3) population growth and migrations, (4) pressures on the environment, (5) military spending and arms trade, (6) freedom of expression, (7) religion and the rise of fundamentalism, (8) racism and gender politics, and (9) language and illiteracy.

Citation: Smith, Dan, & Kidron, Michael. London: Penguin.

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The United Nations

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its thorough presentation of possibly the single most powerful international political organization in the world. Although its international prestige and legitimacy have been weakened by the recent war in Iraq, the UN is still the only international organization rightfully serving the ideals of world peace and justice. The UN is the ultimate political institutions, whose immense international value and necessity are yet to be explored by the world. Topics and materials included in this site are a collection of extensive resources about UN — its history, current undertakings, and future goals. Start by the “About the United Nations” section and in particular with the “Organization Chart of the UN system” section, to get an idea of the complexity and size of this organization. It is also recommended to start with “Daily Briefing” provides daily updates on UN briefings and public press releases. Be aware of the fact that “The Situation in Iraq” presents up-to-date information on UN involvement in Iraq. Reviewed by Aleksandr Kvasov, 08/26/03.

World Press Review Library of International Affairs

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Recommended because the site provides links to news and editorials around the world on events and issues both local and global. By clicking on a particular region listed under World Headlines, students have access to numerous stories which cover many global issues. Students can compare how people in diverse nations and world regions view an event or issue.  This site excels in providing easy access to primary sources and international perspectives on events. There is also a discussion guide and vocabulary comprehension section.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12

World Trade Organization (WTO)

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Recommended because WTO is a global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. Topics and materials included in this site are news, trade topics, resources, documents, and information about community/forum. Start by “What is WTO?” since it provides overview information about WTO. Be aware of the fact that “Trade Topics” provide in-depth information about Goods, Services, Intellectual Property, Dispute Settlement, and other topics. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/6/04.

Worlds Out of Time

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this fascinating documentary examines the widespread invasion of western consumerism into other cultures via mass communication, and television in particular. As ten computer experts, scientists, philosophers, and authors from around the planet present their outlooks, WORLDS OUT OF TIME draws attention to the new approach to living in contemporary times. This global culture may mark the end of traditional societies, but it may also provide solutions to problems facing large segments of the population, as information becomes easily, inexpensively, and immediately available to anyone anywhere. Incorporating advanced 3D computer graphics and presented in an “interface” which may very well resemble the packaging for tomorrow’s information, WORLDS OUT OF TIME portrays a world becoming increasingly homogenous as it metamorphoses into a unified digital society.

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Yoruba Folktales (1987)

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Recommended because this book includes seven Yoruba folktales especially for young adults, but of universal appeal. Beautiful black and white ink drawings illustrate the tales whose cast of characters include humans, a goddess, an elephant woman, a boa constrictor and a shell-man.

Citation: Tutuola, Amos African Books Collective.

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You Think!

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a very easy-to-navigate educational tool developed for teachers and student research on environmental, financial, social, political and cultural issues across the world.  There is information on MDGs, AIDS, climate change, corruption, education, energy, food & agriculture, gender, health, information & communications, international trade, natural resources, population, poverty, private sector development, sustainable development, urbanization, water & sanitation, and more. Start by checking out Issues, Multimedia and For Teachers.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.