Creative Commons vaXzine

A collection of online tools to support the development of global citizenship.

Name of Tools

Explanation of Tool

Possibilities for Use


  • Find and translate over 10 000 newspapers

  • Very easy to navigate with world map and colour coded pegs to represent different languages

  • Search by newspaper name, language and/or location

  • Discover new events from around the world

  • Compare news reports of the same event reported from different countries


  • "Talk over the Internet to anyone in the world for free"

  • Features include: calling, video calling, sending files, messaging, conference calling


  • Photographs shared from all around the world

  • View, discuss, compare, contrast, and explore images from around the world

  • To find groups of photos on a particular topic or country conduct a Group Search within Flickr

  • Try Flickr Group Local and Flickr The Global Community


  • An interactive wall of Post-It notes

  • Able to add text plus image, audio and video links to the notes

  • 160 character limit

  • Once the wall is set up you receive a link to share with anyone you choose

  • Great possibilities for students to gather around a topic, issue, event or a question and share their opinions, ideas and resources

  • This tool could be used once a global connection was already established between classrooms or a teacher could invite other classrooms to join the Wall conversation by sharing the link via Twitter or other social networks


  • An online conversation that takes the form of a "collaborative, multimedia slide show"

  • Participate in a conversation by adding voice, text, audio files and video

  • Creates a forum for students to discuss, reflect and share visually and in their own words

  • Collect and share students' ideas in one location

Google Docs

  • Google Docs allow students to work together regardless of their location

  • Students can collaborate, co-create, and provide feedback in Google Docs

Google Forms

  • Create an online form/survey

  • Easy to use templates

  • Possible response formats: multiple choice, written response, check boxes, scale, grid, list

  • Submissions are automatically collated in a spreadsheet

  • Google Forms can be used to gather students' ideas, opinions and feedback regardless of their location

  • An excellent complementary resource: 80+ Google Forms for the classroom


  • Online social networking tool

  • Microblogging service

  • Post comments of 140 characters or less

  • Used to share ideas, resources, links, photos and more

  • Content can be categorized using hashtags, a method for organizing tweets related to a theme

  • Twitter in Plain English

  • spread awareness about a global project

  • contribute to a ongoing discussion via global education hashtags

  • access experts, organizations, other classrooms

  • connect with others quickly and efficiently

Today's Meet

  • An online chat that can be created to last 2 hours to 1 year

  • Handy as a side window that streams while a conversation is going on

  • Can share links as a lesson is going on

  • Not completely anonymous so still has some accountability

  • Allows for sharing of ideas from all when ideas come up, without interrupting a speaker


  • Edmodo helps create communities for students in a safe moderated environment

  • Students and teachers can join rich discussions, participate in polls, take quizzes, view embedded videos and share documents

  • Parents can join in the fun by joining a class account to stay informed

  • Edmodo supports the creation of a collaborative environment by joining students and teachers together in safe communities

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

  • The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) supports access and utilization of video conferencing for interactive content, professional development, and a web based collaborative learning environment for education

  • There is a tab called collaborations where teachers from all over the world post requests for working with others from around the world

  • Many other resources for video conferencing available on this website

Google Earth

  • Virtual map of the Earth

  • Street-level and satellite views of the Earth

  • Linking locations with news articles helps students empathize and gain global context

  • You can put place markers on articles as you read them

  • See this video for a demonstration

  • Street-level and satellite views allow students to virtually travel around the Earth gaining perspective and context

  • By toggling on the Global Awareness layer you can see nonprofit organizations around the world and link their blogs and websites


  • Ushahidi is a tool to easily crowd-source information using multiple channels, including SMS, email, Twitter and the web, and then map that information

  • "The goal of the project is democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories."

  • Ushahidi has been used to map disasters and monitor elections

  • Interactive mapping

  • Dynamic timeline

  • Free and open source tools


  • Social Bookmarking: Teachers create a teacher account, and then set up groups for each class

  • While researching students can highlight and annotate their findings, and bookmark their research with tags in groups set up for the project

  • Other schools and students can join these groups

  • Students can review their highlighted sections and annotations to analyze the information—adding more annotations as needed

  • Diigo can also be used as a portfolio tool to bookmark, analyze, and evaluate one's global footprint

  • Teams of students working on any type of project can share their information and ideas (annotations, sticky notes)

  • Teams can be within the class, the school, or with students in other schools