New book highlights role of Web 2.0 in Creating More Globally Aware Students

September 21, 2009


Contact:          Marlene Nesary, ISTE, (541) 302-3789

Pat Walsh, The Ulum Group, (541) 434-7021


ISTE Book Highlights Importance of Integrating Global

Education in the Classroom


Washington, D.C. – Global literacy is an imperative U.S. schools cannot afford to ignore. Now, more than ever, schools must prepare future generations for a global society. To help students gain a more global perspective, “Global Education,” a new book available in August and published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®), provides educators with the tools they need to prepare their student for an increasingly interconnected world.


Written by Laurence Peters, an educator who has held high-level education posts in the U.S. government, the book serves as a guide to help educators connect their students to the world around them. Educators will learn how to enhance learning and provide their students with a global perspective. The book includes hundreds of global education resources, a historical perspective on global education, and an introduction to valuable global networks such as iEarn, Global Schoolhouse and the modern-day pen-pal site ePals.


Recognizing that teachers have limited resources, Peters provides advice on getting started and integrating global education into the current curriculum. Case studies include specific examples of ways in which educators are collaborating and connecting with classrooms in other parts of the world: 11th grade students in Bangladesh exchanging video interviews with 10th grade students in Georgia, high schoolers in Illinois learning Japanese, Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, French and German using online discussion groups with members from around the world, and second graders from different countries exploring connections between their different lifestyles.


“Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students" is available online for $22.35 for ISTE members and $31.95 for nonmembers. More information about the book, including a sample chapter, is available at To watch the companion video go to, or to listen to an ISTE Cast podcast interview with Peters visit



About the Author

Laurence Peters is an educator committed to enhancing the classroom experience with a global dimension. He received his master’s degree in English from the University of London and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. After receiving a law degree, he served as counsel to a U.S. House of Representatives education subcommittee and held senior positions with the U.S. Department of Education from 1993 to 2001. Subsequently, Peters directed the Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology in Education Consortium. He currently teaches a graduate-level course on the integration of global perspectives for the University of Maryland University College and serves as an educational technology consultant and vice president of the National Education Foundation.


About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy and leadership for innovation. ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and ISTE’s annual conference and exposition (formerly known as NECC), ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education.


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