CGS K-16 Teaching Resources List
Teaching the World – A collection of Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs), which are higher education area or international studies centers partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Includes additional resources for community college educators and a calendar of professional development programs.
CCMTI 2019 Resource Guide – Information Literacy and ‘Fake News.’
Stevens Initiative resource list – a collection of resources from the Stevens Initiative. The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange.
Stevens Initiative’s 2020 Virtual Exchange Impact and Learning Report – This Report shares recent program evaluation data, lessons learned from our response to the coronavirus pandemic, and recommendations for good practice on overcoming common virtual exchange implementation challenges.
Listenwise podcast series on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – audio stories that can help teachers support students transitioning to a new and different school year during COVID-19, supplemented by instructional ideas in Listenwise’s SEL blog.
Curriculum Design Tookit Aids in Civics Remote Learning – Tookit to support the implementation of civics requirements to prepare students for college, career, and civic life (junior-high focused)
- iEARN members have access to over 100 collaborative K-12 Global Projects, aligned with the UN SDGs. iEARN members also have access to a Global network of educators and youth, professional development opportunities, and resources for Global Education.
Teaching modules on film curriculum and film literacy from The Story of Movies
The Foreign Service Journal (www.afsa.org) – magazine for foreign affairs professionals
Global Concerns Classroom (GCC.CONCERNUSA.ORG)
Global School Net (www.globalschoolnet.org)
H2O for Life (www.h20forlifeschools.org) – Global Service Learning Program to raise awareness about the global water crisis.
Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms (www.irex.org/tgc) -Year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop leadership in global education.
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program (www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org) -grants for teachers to study at university, observe classes and complete a project pertaining to their field of educational inquiry during their time abroad.
World Savvy (www.worldsavvy.org) – national education non-profit partnering educators, schools, and districts to ensure students are ready to compete and lead as responsible global citizens and changemakers.
Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies Lending Library, Cornell University – educational books and culture kits
Hemispheres (liberalarts.utexas.edu/hemispheres/) – International outreach consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, offering broad educational program to increase knowledge and understanding of Western Europe; Latin America; the Middle East; Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia; and South Asia.
Education outreach and education resources at Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) (ccas.georgetown.edu/resources/k-14-outreach/)
Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean – The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies – Creative Commons License (mediterraneansharedpast.org)
Al-Waleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
- Bridge Initiative (bridge.georgetown.edu/)
- Teaching Resource and workshops website (acmcu.georgetown.edu/k14-outreach/teaching-workshops/)
Global Education Series
- Giant Traveling Maps (www.nationalgeographic.org/education/giant-maps/)
US-Russia Open Doors (https://www.iie.org/opendoors) – a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.
K-12 International Cyberfair (http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsncf/)
Doors to Diplomacy (http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsndoors/)
- Australia to Zimbabwe (www.australiatozimbabwe.com)
- Introductions to 24 countries with interactive activities
Global Oneness Project (https://www.globalonenessproject.org/) –Digital, ad-free, education platform that publishes multicultural films, photography, articles, stories, and lesson plans
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) (usagermanyscholarship.org/) -10 month full immersion experience for high school students to live with a host family and attend a German high school
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program (exchanges.state.gov/us/program/kennedy-lugar-youth-exchange-study-yes-abroad)
- Offers American high school students and recent graduates full scholarships to study for one academic year in countries with significant Muslim populations
- Scholarships offered to go to the Middle East, Africa, Asia, or the Balkans
- National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
Reading Across Cultures – Selections from Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America literature:
Children’s Africana Book Award (CABA@AfricaAccessReview.org)
MEOC: Middle East Outreach Council (meoc.us/book-awards)
The Americas Award (claspprograms.org/americasaward)
Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies (Tulane University) (stonecenter.tulane.edu/)
Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (www.claspprograms.org) -Resources for K-12 educators
Center for Latin American Studies – University of Chicago (clas.chicago.edu)
- Advances knowledge and public understanding of Latin. America with research, interdisciplinary degree programs, and outreach education projects.
- Summer Teacher Institute, including workshop materials and lesson plans.
- Latin American Briefing Series (LABS) – public lecture series.
Teach Japan (www.teachjapan.org) -peer-reviewed lesson plans; student-friendly videos
Asian Art Museum (education.asianart.org)
Teaching Tips: Africa (AfricaAccessReview.org)
The Middle East
Qatar Foundation International (QFI.org)
QFI Al-Masdar (arabicalmasdar.org)
- Arabic language teaching materials, opportunities, news, and events
QFI Tilemaker (tilemaker.arabicalmasdar.org)
- Web-based application introducing students to fundamental concepts of Islamic art and architecture through exploration and creation of mosaic tile art.
Pulitzer Center (www.pulitzercenter.org) -Promoting global awareness through international reporting, outreach and education
Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder: (pulitzercenter.org/builder)
To End AIDS (pulitzercenter.org/ToEndAIDS) -writing and photography of Pulitzer Center grantees who have reported on HIV/AIDS around the globe.
Signs of Your Identity (signsofyouridentity.com) -Pulitzer Center grantee Daniella Zalcman on Native American research
National Geographic giant maps for K-12 educators (https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/giant-maps/)
National Geographic Bee (NatGeoBee.org) grades 4-8
National Geographic Cengage (https://ngl.cengage.com/) –A student-friendly record of the history of the United States for K-12
Kahoot it (https://getkahoot.com/-) -A fun learning game made from a series of multiple choice questions, with the ability to add videos, images, and diagrams. Players answer on their own devices and games are displayed on a shared screen
Quizizz (http://quizizz.com) – Find or create quizzes and share them with others, there is an option to start a “live” game in class or assign Quizizz as a homework task
Quizalize (http://www.quizalize.com) – Create an instant classroom quiz, play in class or as homework
Go Soap Box (http://www.gosoapbox.com/) – Web-based clicker tool
Socrative (www.socrative.com) – classroom app for fun student engagement, quickly assesses students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding.
Mentimeter (www.mentimeter.com) -Easy to use presentation software for fun and interactive presentations/lectures
QR Code Scavenger Hunt (https://www.classtools.net/QR/index.php) -1) Input a series of questions and answers 2) Get a QR code for each question 3) Put the QR codes around your school 4) Students find and answer the questions.
Triventy (http://www.triventy.com/)-A game-based learning platform which enables you to author, run, and host quizzes and surveys in your classroom
Simple Mind (https://simplemind.eu) -A Mind Mapping tool for brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device
iBrainstorm (www.ibrainstormapp.com) -Allows for drawing out mind maps
Popplet (http://popplet.com) -Use Popplet to create graphic organizers, diagrams, mind maps, portfolios, presentations, and more
MindMeister (https://www.mindmeister.com) -An online mind mapping tool that serves as a platform to exchange ideas with fellow students on a project-based task or get valuable suggestions from teachers
10 Digital Tools for the Inquiry Learning Process
Create a Picture/Mural
- Glogster (www.glogster.com)
- DoInk (www.DoInk.com)
- Padlet (www.Padlet.com) “The easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.”
Create a Diary
- Evernote (www.evernote.com)
- Google Docs (Docs.google.com)
- Blogger (www.blogger.com)
- WordPress (www.wordpress.com)
- Powtoon (www.powtoon.com)
- Prezi (www.prezi.com)
- Educreations (www.educreations.com)
- ShowMe (www.showme.com)
Create a Film
- Magisto (www.magisto.com)
- Videolicious (www.videolicious.com)
- Animoto (www.animoto.com)
- WeVideo (www.wevideo.com)
Create a Timeline
- Tiki-Toki (www.tiki-toki.com) -Web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet
- Timetoast (www.timetoast.com)
- Timeglider (www.timeglider.com)
Write a Report
- Piktochart (www.piktochart.com)
- Easelly (www.easel.ly)
- Infogram (www.infogr.am)
- Canva (www.canva.com)
Draw a Cartoon
Engage in Civic Action
Create an Illustrated Map
Create a Newspaper/News Magazine
- Wix (www.wix.com)
- Weebly (www.weebly.com)
- Squarespace (www.squarespace.com)
- Strikingly (www.strikingly.com)
Learning Activity Websites
Teaching About History
Not Even Past (notevenpast.org)
15 Minute History (15minutehistory.org)
- A podcast for educators, students, and history buffs.
Echoes & Reflections (echoesandreflections.org) – teaching the Holocaust in middle and high school
Stanford History Education Group (sheg.stanford.edu) – Civic Online Reasoning assessments to measure students’ ability to evaluate online information
(abmceducation.org) – the stories behind America’s military cemeteries and memorials
Indian Ocean in World History (www.indianoceanhistory.org)
- Archaeology Education Clearinghouse 6-12 / K-6 (archaeologyeducationclearinghouse.wordpress.com)
- Archaeological Institute of America (www.archaeological.org)
- Society for American Archaeology (www.saa.org)
- Society for Historical Archaeology (www.sha.org)
Film, Video and Audio Resources
Kanopy (www.kanopy.com) – Thousands of movies streaming for free, thanks to the generous support of your public library or university
Journeys in Film (www.journeysinfilm.org) – includes free lesson plans and resources for teaching with film
We The Voters: 20 Films for the People (wethevoters.com) – collection of short films about how the government works
Listenwise (listenwise.com) – auditory learning program based on public radio stories
Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) – (www.upf.tv/teachers) – films for teachers, community events and policy leaders
StoryCorps in San Francisco (storycorps.org) // San Francisco Public Library (sfpl.org)
- Recording, preserving and sharing voices of communities in the Bay Area
POV – Community Network (pov.org/educators)
POV – Point-of-View Documentary Films (PBS) (http://www.pbs.org/pov/) – American television’s longest-running documentary series on PBS; films, shorts, digital projects, free documentaries from PBS with over 200 accompanying lesson plans
Country Music Hall of Fame (CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Portal) – Digital teaching resources
Harvard Hip Hop Archive (http://hiphoparchive.org)
Teaching about Finance
Money Teach (moneyteach.org)
- Curricula resource connection – teaching personal finance
Econedlink (www.econedlink.org) – Economic and Personal Finance Resources
Fake News Studies and Resources
Fake news, ads dupe internet-savvy students, study finds
News Literacy Project (www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/)
- How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study – Buses Full of Protesters
Confronting conformation bias (for teachers and students) (https://newseumed.org/tools/lesson-plan/confronting-confirmation-bias)
Editorial: Fake news consumers drive fake news (https://www.timescall.com/2016/11/27/editorial-fake-news-consumers-drive-fake-news/)
National Council for the Social Sciences on media literacy (https://www.socialstudies.org/resources/media-literacy)
World Affairs Council Online Resources
World Affairs Council Online Resources (www.world-affairs.org/global-education-resources/)
Accessible Education Resources
Accessible technology resources
- Assistive technology provider OrCam is offering free customer support to its users and recently uploaded several free tutorials.
- Additional Resources for Remote Instruction, compiled by Dr. Rachael Sessler Trinkowsky
- Chromebook accessibility tools for distance learning
- 5 Accessibility Actions You Can Take When You’re Moving Your Conference or Classes Online
- A new, free WordToEPUB tool from the DAISY Consortium, developed with support from Microsoft
- Free audiobook, “Meet Me Accessibly – A Guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings from a Blindness Perspective”
- Hot Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts for Zoom
- Zoom Accessibility FAQ
- Google Hangouts Meet Accessibility
- Google for Education Accessibility Features – Learn about Google’s accessibility features and tools to engage students across needs and learning styles.
Accessible reading resources
- The Accessible Books Consortium’s (ABC) Global Book Service has half a million accessible works now available for cross-border, clearance-free exchange to benefit people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ABC Global Book Service is an online catalogue for the international exchange of accessible books by participating libraries for the blind, which share items in their collections and distribute accessible books obtained through ABC to their patrons who are print disabled.
- Bookshare – a free online library that provides access to over 800,000 ebooks in easy-to-read formats. Students can read books in audio, follow text with karaoke-style highlighting, read in braille or large font, and customize their reading experience to suit their individual learning style. Teachers can create free school accounts and easily assign books to students to read their own. Parents can also sign up students for free (students 18 and over can sign up themselves) to access Bookshare at home independently. To join Bookshare, students must have a qualifying reading barrier. For students that do not qualify, Bookshare provides nearly 10,000 ebooks in our specialized formats that anyone can read for free. In addition, Bookshare has compiled resources from partners, publishers, and technology companies to provide access to more tools and books for all students.
- National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled offers the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download audio and braille books and magazines. BARD is available for IOS, Android, or Fire devices.
Other accessibility resources
Center on Technology and Disability’s accessibility tools and resource guide – This resource guide identifies a number of high-quality, useful resources to address issues of accessibility in several key areas: developing an accessibility statement, conducting an accessibility audit, procuring accessible technology, and building professional development and training resources on accessibility for your staff.
American Foundation for the Blind’s free webinar on how to provide Remote Instruction and Services for Blind and Low Vision Participants.
Reading Rocket’s accessibility tools and resources – identifies high-quality, useful resources that address various aspects of accessibility: developing an accessibility statement, conducting an accessibility audit, acquiring accessible technology, and building professional development resources on accessibility for school staff and others.
Accessible technology at the UW – https://www.washington.edu/accessibility/
Instructions for adding captions on Zoom videos – https://www.washington.edu/accessibility/videos/zoom/
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning – provides technical assistance, coaching, and resources to increase the availability and use of accessible educational materials and technologies for learners with disabilities across the lifespan
- AEM Center Resources: free resources—including videos, policy briefs, articles, and quick reads – https://aem.cast.org/get-started/resources
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) resources
- Distance education resources – Includes links to interactive video lessons on YouTube, videos of blind people reading stories in Braille, and how-to activities on Youtube.
- Braille resources
- DeafBlind resources
- Guide dog resources
National Center on Universal Design for Learning created by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) – The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Learn more about the Universal Design for Learning framework from CAST. The UDL Guidelines can be used by educators, curriculum developers, researchers, parents, and anyone else who wants to implement the UDL framework in a learning environment. These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities.
University of Guelph, Teaching Support Services, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support
UDL-Universe – A project of the California State University system, UDL-Universe (UDL-U) supports postsecondary faculty and staff by providing resources and examples to improve postsecondary education for all students, including those with disabilities.
Ontario’s Universities Accessible – Campus Educator’s Accessibility Toolkit – provides guidelines and tips on how to make your courses and your teaching more accessible to students in line with research on best practices in teaching and learning.
ObjectiveEd is offering free access to their digital curriculum to schools and teachers to use with their students through the end of the current 2019/2020 school year.
The Perkins eLearning Blog offered helpful strategies for teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) who are preparing to use virtual instruction to reach students.
Freedom Scientific, a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments, announced on 3/24/2020 that they are offering free home-use software to those affected by COVID-19.
The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults is offering their courses free of charge through May 31. The extensive list of their courses is at: https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/available-classes
Educators who have at least one student who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind can use the Described and Captioned Media Program’s free services to help ensure that educational videos are accessible for students learning at home.
For College students who are blind – The National Federation of the Blind’s “Self-Advocacy in Higher Education Toolkit” is designed for blind students seeking to better understand the higher education accommodation request process, mitigate access barriers on campus, and ultimately to succeed at your schools and in your chosen areas of study.
Audible is offering hundreds of free audiobooks for kids during COVID-19 school closures. Visit audible.com/stories to access audiobooks for preschoolers through teens.
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) – CAST helps educators and organizations apply insights from the learning sciences and leading-edge practices to educational design and implementation.
Teaching Tolerance Pocket Guide (tolerance.org) –Respond to everyday stereotypes and bias
ASIDE: The American Society of Innovation Design in Education (theASIDEblog.blospot.com)
Document-Based Learning (dblinquiry.wordpress.com)
Izzit.org (www.izzit.org) – free resources for building critical thinking skills
Partners for the Advancement of Teaching (partners4teaching.org) – curriculum model for student engagement; teacher learning workbook
NCSS Awards & Recognition Programs (https://www.socialstudies.org/membership/awards-and-grants)
- Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award (elementary, middle, secondary)
- Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
- Award for Global Understanding
- Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award
- Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award
- Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award
- Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award