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Asia Society Offers Tips On Fostering a Global View

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This article by the Asia Society, which aims to strengthen relationships between Asian countries and the U.S. and promote greater understanding of Asian culture and history, gives a number of tips to educators on how to use technology to increase global awareness in the classroom.

The many resources available on the Web make it easier than ever before to connect with individuals around the globe, examine current events from multiple cultural perspectives, and tap into a global network of information, says the article. The Internet has also made it possible for students' work to be accessed by a global audience.

This list talks about a number of school-related projects that students and teachers could get involved with and stresses the importance of taking advantage of these learning opportunities. This is a great resource for those who are looking to incorporate more global perspectives into lessons. And check out the society's education page, which has lots more resources for teachers and students, too.

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"Harness the power of virtual simulation." That's the fifth on How to Harness Digital Media and Technology for Global Learning, which explains that digital games can promote social change. Do you think World of Warcraft, Starcraft and other online games are part of these "serious games" that the article is referring to? And what is the criteria for this?

I wonder if there is research on this network to showcase its efficacy.

[It’s stuff like this that makes me wish I was a student again.]

By the way, did you see the site Asia Society named co-winner of the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize for Excellence in International Education for Media/Technology, pretty neat: http://www.googlelittrips.org/

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