Making Connections

Making Connections: Helping our students connect to audiences outside of our classroom walls


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Taking it Global Educators (TiGed)


What is TIGed(front the TiG website) 


As TIG's vibrant global community has evolved, educators inspired by its young members have sought to integrate its resources and focus on action-based learning into their teaching. This was made easier beginning in 2006, with the launch of the TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) program. TIGed allows educators to leverage the resources of the world's most popular online community for youth who want to make a difference - - in ways that meet the needs of their learning environments.


TIGed is a community of globally-minded educators interested in empowering their students to think and act as world citizens, a collection of resources that facilitate the inclusion of global perspectives in the classroom, and a virtual classroom that allows students to use collaborative technology in order to connect with people from around the world and learn about global issues.


A Community of Global Educators

TIG members who are actively engaged as educators can apply for an educator badge through their profile settings in order to join the TIGed community, a network of thousands of teachers and students from over 70 countries around the world. Collectively, the TIGed community comprises diverse perspectives, expertise, and knowledge and members can potentially learn a lot from one another. TIGed uses technology to make it easier for global educators to connect, share ideas, and work together.


TIGed members can network, communicate, and collaborate in several ways. Having an educator badge allows users to search the member database for educators only, thereby identifying potential friends, allies, and partners. A discussion forum allows educators to share successes, challenges, strategies, and ideas with respect to integrating technology and global perspectives into education. A collaboration database of educators interested in partnering with other classrooms around the world facilitates international learning partnerships. Meanwhile, regularly produced TIGed blogs and newsletters help TIGeducators stay up to date on developments and events related to the TIGed community.


Somewhat similar is the brand new Choose2Matter site.  Check it out!



Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)

Center for Interactive Learning and  Collaboration

 Planning to take your students to worlds unknown?

 Partnering with CILC is a great way to start!


Here you will find information and tools to help make your job easier and to enhance learning through the use of videoconferencing and other collaborative technologies.


BENEFITS:     In addition to searching a variety of databases, membership in CILC enables you to


TAKE THE CILC TOUR: Learn where and how to access all your benefits. 

The tour is a free, live presentation, accessed through the Internet at your computer, which provides a complete overview of


 View a variety of dates and times and REGISTER



Welcome to the World's Largest K-12 Learning Network!


ePals is the leading provider of safe collaborative technology for schools to connect and learn in a protected, project-based learning network. With classrooms in 200 countries and territories, ePals makes it easy to connect learners locally, nationally or internationally.


People-to-People International

From the People-to-People International website:


People to People International's School and Classroom Program is a free service that connects teachers and their students with classes in other countries for pen pal exchanges and projects that improve cultural understanding and encourage friendship. Classes are matched according to similar age and number of pupils to form partnerships. Students interact by exchanging traditional paper letters or email messages supervised by their teacher, who receives a program manual for guidance. Teachers may form partnerships with classes in multiple countries and work together for one or more school years.


Primary, middle and secondary-school classes and youth groups (grades kindergarten-12) from all countries are welcome. To join, we ask teachers or adults, who supervise students, to register. Registration is open during July - October. Registrations submitted before or after this time will be held for the following semester or school year. We will contact you to discuss options.


Register here or contact

More Ways to Connect with other Teachers/Classrooms:

Try finding other teachers interested in connecting with your students using one of these sites


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