You've probably said it before when you've met someone who coincidentally shares a connection with you: “It’s a small world.” It sure seems that way in the moment, but at the end of the day, we all know the world is, to say the very least, big. It is vast, expansive, diverse, and complex. For kids, learning about their surroundings -- the people, cultures, traditions, struggles, achievements -- is key to building self-awareness and understanding their place within the greater context of the world.
If your class is studying a specific region, continent, or country, these 12 apps, games, and websites can be an ideal way to bring the general topics of geography and world culture down to a personal level. They also fit well into social and emotional learning lessons. For example, integrate the diverse stories of daily life found in apps such as One Globe Kids and Globe Smart Education 1 as a launching pad to discuss empathy, self-awareness, and feelings. To dig into heavy topics like war, racism, and natural disasters, games such as Global Conflicts and Stop Disasters! feature role-play and simulation scenarios that encourage kids to put themselves in other people’s shoes. These tools will undoubtedly enrich students' learning and ensure they’re on their way to understanding how big -- and small -- the world really is.