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Best Global and Cross-Cultural Education Apps and Websites

By giving students global perspective, teachers can offer context that raises the stakes of education, creates learning opportunities, and builds empathy. These picks will help students see and understand how big -- and small -- the world really is, and that it's full of discoveries to make and problems to solve.

Homes by Tinybop Publisher: Tinybop
Explore homes -- and cultures -- around the world in exquisite detail
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World Publisher: Globe Smart Kids
Beautiful photos and stories build cultural knowledge, self-awareness
Grades K-4
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Oddizzi Visit Website: http://www.oddizzi.com/
Kids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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PenPal Schools Visit Website: https://penpalschools.com/
Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
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Expeditions Publisher: Google Inc
Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Google Earth Visit Website: http://www.google.com/earth/
Virtual globe shines with breathtaking features, endless possibility
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
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ePals Visit Website: http://www.epals.com
Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom
Grades 4-7
Type Website
Price Free
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StrataLogica Publisher: Herff Jones
High-quality customizable maps help students understand their world
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
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Google Maps Publisher: Google
Cool extras bolster top navigation app
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Facing History and Ourselves Visit Website: https://www.facinghistory.org/
A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Gapminder Visit Website: http://www.gapminder.org/
Interactive animated charts explore global development trends
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Stop Disasters! Publisher: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Slick sim explores global natural disasters
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
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Your Commonwealth Visit Website: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Global Oneness Project Visit Website: https://www.globalonenessproject.org/
Dynamic multimedia resources explore life experiences around the world
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Fate of the World: Tipping Point Publisher: Red Redemption
Complex global-influence game in which players’ choices rule the world
Grades 10-12
Type Game
Price $18.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
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1979 Revolution Publisher: iNK Stories
Violent, immersive view of revolution engages despite tricky interface
Grades 11-12
Type App
Price 4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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