|Scooped by Rebecca Morris|
The Global education website has been created by the Australian government in a bid to highlight the importance of educating children on global perspectives and, furthermore, to help teachers in achieving this goal. The website delivers novel and exciting ways to teach children about complex and controversial issues. Suggestions include using cartoons, storytelling and online games to develop knowledge and skills related to global issues. There is also an area named the “sharing space,” which is a place for teachers to “share” links, materials and resources related to educating children about global perspective.
The website offers an array of Teaching Resources that can be utilized to embed global perspective across the NSW HSIE syllabus. The section “Who are the families of the world?” offers a fantastic range of ideas to educate Kindergarten students about the diversity of families from around the world and, furthermore, on how roles and responsibilities can vary in different family units. This aligns with one of the indicators under the Social Systems and Structure strand. Supporting these ideas is an abundance of materials; there are various activity sheets and games that can be printed off, as well as links to videos and images of families from around the world. Key areas of discussion have also been outlined which can be used to get students to deepen their understanding about families throughout the world. These ideas and resources would be invaluable to a HSIE teacher looking to embed a global perspective in to lessons about families and different roles and responsibilities that exist in each.