Santa Clara County Office of Education

Communicate Ideas

Global Competence framework provided by the Center for Global Education, Asia Society

Globally competent students are able to communicate ideas in the following ways:

Teacher's Guide for "Communicate Ideas"

This section of the resources is intended to share ideas with teachers to support students as they communicate their ideas on the topics of name, identities, cultures and global awareness. Some of the resources listed in here could address one or more aspects of global competence: Investigate the World (IW), Recognize Perspectives (RP), Communicate Ideas (CI) and Take Action (TA).



Education for Global Citizenship, Oxfam's guide to building a global citizenship curriculum that includes knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes. (IW, RP, CI, TA)


Peace Corps. (2013). Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding. A classroom guide designed for teachers to create a more globally aware and globally competent classroom. Lessons for Grades 6-12 National Geographic Education Foundation. (IW, RP, CI, TA)


An online social network that enables users to build connections by exchanging short messages. Twitter (IW, RP, CI, TA)

Online tool that allows users to upload media and comment through a variety of methods and creates a global audience for student work in a safe environment. VoiceThread (IW, RP, CI, TA)


A name represents identity, a deep feeling and holds tremendous significance to its owner.” - Rachel Ingber

If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.” - Confucius

“If you want to really hurt me, talk badly about my language. Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity. I am my language.” - Gloria Anzaldua (from How to Tame a Wild Tongue, a semi-autobiographical collection of poems and prose)


A classroom demonstrates a culture of positive and productive discussions. Respectful Talk (video, 2:00)


A site where educators who care about diversity, equity and justice can find news, suggestions, conversation and support Teaching Tolerance (IW, RP, CI, TA)

Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. More than 100 engaging journeys - making it easy to immerse students in entirely new experience Google Expeditions (IW, RP, CI)

Help students think about their place in the world and their responsibility to society with this range of free teaching resources focusing on global citizenship. Global Citizenship Teaching Resources (IW, RP, CI)

The National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. National Geographic (IW, RP, CI)

Primary Source promotes global learning by providing training and resources through their collaborative communities. (IW, RP, CI)

The global guessing game that gets kids learning about geography, culture, and the similarities and differences of how children live all over the world. Watch a video to see how it works. Mystery Skype (IW, RP, CI)

The Smithsonian Education website provides heritage teaching resources to help teachers honor the federally mandated Heritage Months namely Black History Month, Asian Pacific Americans Month, American Indian Heritage Month, Women's History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. (IW, RP, CI)

Use this guide to find virtual field trips that include Asian Art, National Geographic, and the Holocaust Memorial. Graphite Virtual Field Trip Guide (IW, RP, CI)