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Title: Teaching%20Tolerance%20

Teaching Tolerance Celebrating Diversity
  • Enriching Life Lessons with
  • Technological Tools

Click here to view an exciting introduction video!
Prepared by Kristyn Sanborn
  • Overview
  • Findings
  • One World Classrooms
  • Tolerance.org Fight Hate and Promote Tolerance
  • Kinder Art
  • Kids.gov The Official Kids Portal for the U.S.
  • Vandergrits Childrens Literature Page
  • Practical Applications
  • Closing Remarks
  • Additional Resources

  • This power point focuses on how technological
    tools can enrich and enhance student learning of
    diversity and tolerance. The United States is a
    county of many cultures, and it is important to
    teach students to understand, appreciate,
    tolerate and celebrate all people. Technology
    can be used to support curriculum, reinforce
    teacher instruction, and enrich student learning.
  • In my research, I found many websites and
    services applicable to students, classroom
    teachers, school counselors, parents, and
    administrators. These sites come from an array
    of categories, including professional
    organizations, community organizations, education
    ranging from Kindergarten through Higher
    Education, Government, commercial sites, and
    individual sites. In the following report, I
    will discuss five especially interesting websites
    I came across in my research. Please review my
    findings at your convenience and I will
    appreciate any feedback, critique, or

One world classrooms http//www.oneworldclassroom
  • Non-profit organization that connects students
    from around the world
  • Online learning labs
  • Language labs
  • Virtual pen-pals
  • Students will explore culture, geography, travel,
    food, art, dance, education and much more in a
    fascinatingly interactive atmosphere

The following excerpt provides a in-depth look
into what this program can offer to students
  • RationaleAs our world becomes more
    interdependent and the problems we confront more
    global, it is critical that our young people gain
    knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them
    to enjoy the benefits and accept the
    responsibilities of global citizenship. To do so,
    they must interact with and learn from their
    international peers just as, as adults, they
    will live and work with people from different
    cultures in both local and global settings.
  • StudentsWith grounding in self-knowledge and
    self-respect, OneWorld Classrooms students reach
    out and make connections with their world
    neighbors. In doing so, they express who they
    are, cultivate cultural-awareness, and develop
    the capacity to collaborate across borders and
    foster international friendship.

  • Bridges of Learning
  • To effectively build bridges of learning,
    OneWorld Classrooms addresses the needs of
    students and teachers on both sides of
    cross-cultural exchange. We create dynamic
    learning experiences through which students
  • value themselves and their own culture
  • recognize the similarities between cultures that
    make all people a human family, and
  • respect and appreciate the differences that make
    each culture unique.
  • At the same time, OneWorld Classrooms
  • enhances the curriculum
  • grates technology into the classroom
  • uses the arts as a means to communicate and share
    across cultures
  • empowers teachers and students to make learning
    more interpersonal and meaningful, and
  • provides a means for traditional societies
    compromised in the wake of globalization to
    explore their own cultures and share
  • them with their new world

Tolerance.org Fight Hate and Promote
  • Professional site that offers a wealth of
    information on diversity and multiculturalism
  • Information for all ages of students with links
    for kids and teens
  • Educators lesson plans, activities, articles,
    contests, community building, links
  • Parents age appropriate information for teaching
    your child(ren) tolerance

Here is an excerpt from a lesson plan entitled
The ABCs of Identity in the Elections
  • Just months ago, the nation was patting itself on
    the back for our collective diversity progress
    a woman (Hillary Clinton D), a Latino (Bill
    Richardson D), a Mormon (Mitt Romney R) and
    an African American man (Barack Obama D) had
    all declared their candidacies to become the next
    President of the United States.
  • And then the politics got rolling, as did
    questions about diversity
  • Is America ready for a female Commander-in-Chief?
    (And, by the way, is Hillary dressed for the
  • Is America ready for a president who is Latino?
    (In one national poll, we actually admitted we
    were not ready for Bill Richardson.)
  • Is America ready for a Mormon president? (And, as
    a Mormon, does Romney qualify as Christian?)
  • Is America ready for a black president? (And, uh,
    is Obama black enough?)
  • Are the white male candidates at a disadvantage,
    given the diversity that surrounds them?

  • Leading into and through Super Tuesday, a new set
    of diversity questions emerged
  • Would women white, brown, black and "other"
    voting in the Democratic primaries exercise
    gender allegiance and vote for the white woman?
  • What about the white men voting in the Democratic
    race? Would they choose the white woman (racial
    allegiance) or the black man (gender allegiance)?
    (We assumed black men would vote for the black
    man, so we didn't even ask a question as to
    whether they'd vote for a white woman.)
  • On the Republican side, could the Latter Day
    Saint hold onto the conservative vote, after a
    Baptist pastor's win in Iowa? Could he withstand
    the advance of John McCain, who often is
    perceived as a moderate, and, among other things,
    that means conservatives do not see him as "an
  • Everything is wrong with these lines of
    questioning, and everything is right about them,
    too. Unfairly, they set up litmus tests about
    voters' capacity to demonstrate
    "color-blindness," "gender-blindness" and an
    embrace of diverse faiths. They ignore the fact
    that some of us are many things at once female,
    Hispanic and
  • born-again, for example. The questions assume
  • don't vote "on the issues" and are compelled
    by identity factors alone.

For students
Kinder Arthttp//www.kinderart.com/multic/
  • Educational and commercial site that is a great
    tool for teachers and counselors to find
    multicultural lesson plans for art projects
  • Visually and tactilely enhance learning of other
  • Diversity themed art activities
  • Book Recommendations

Here is an excerpt from a lesson plan for a
beautiful project for Martin Luther King Day
entitled A Box of Crayons
  • Grade KAge 4
  • Submitted by Eileen Urbanski, a teacher at Avon
  • Village Elementary School, in Avon OH
  • What You Need
  • crayons, pencils, markers
  • paper
  • the poem A Box of Crayons
  • crayon pattern
  • What You Do
  • Read the poem "A Box of Crayons" to your
    students. It is about the different colors
    getting along and liking each other.
  • Then, children draw their portraits on a die-cut
    crayon pattern.
  • Place all the crayons into a giant box of crayons
    that you can create using construction paper (see

  • Poem
  • Click here to find the poem Box of Crayons.
  • Extra Poem to Hand Out to Students
  • Wouldn't it be terrible? Wouldn't it be sad? If
    just one single color was the color that we had?
    If everything was purple? Or red? Or blue? Or
    green? If yellow, pink, or orange was all that
    could be seen? Can you just imagine how dull
    world would be If just one single color was all
    we got to see?
  • Recommended Books
  • The Crayon Box That Talkedby Shane DeRolfIn
    Shane DeRolf's deceptively simple poem, a child's
    box of crayons conveys the sublimely simple
    message that when we all work together, the
    results are much more interesting and colorful.

Kids.gov The Official Kid's Portal for the U. S.
  • Excellent government website
  • Students can learn about the government and laws,
    learn about the Bill of Rights and the
    Constitution, and partake in Social Studies
    interactive activities to explore different
  • Many resources for educators including lesson
    plans, celebrating holidays, and great ideas for
    class trips
  • Also great for supplementing a multitude of other
    topics including career development, and health

A peek at the site
Here is an excerpt of website resources for 6th
to 8th graders studying world cultures
  • Government Sites
  • Asian Cultures - (Smithsonian) - Learn about
    Asian art from neolithic times to the early 20th
  • Creating French Culture - This Library of
    Congress page gives an overview of French history
    through the eyes of the art and culture of the
  • Egyptian Mummies - (Smithsonian) - Learn about
    how mummies were made in Ancient Egypt.
  • Egyptian Pyramid - (Smithsonian) - The pyramids
    of Egypt fascinated travellers and conquerors in
    ancient times and continue to inspire wonder in
    the tourists, mathematicians, and archeologists
    who visit, explore, measure and describe them.
    Learn more about them.
  • History Archaeology - Smithsonian Magazine -
    (Smithsonian) - Read these interesting articles
    on science and technology topics.
  • History Culture - Smithsonian Education -
    (Smithsonian) - This site has resources for both
    American and World History.
  • Kids and Families Page - (Library of Congress) -
    This website shares its collections, stories,
    online collections and more for students and
  • My Wonderful World - Explore the rich online
    resources created by Smithsonian experts for
    learning more about our world!
  • People and Places - Smithsonian Magazine - Read
    these interesting articles on people and culture.
  • Portals to the World - Portals to the World
    contains selective links providing authoritative,
    in-depth information about the nations and other
    areas of the world.

  • Other Resources
  • African Art Aesthetics and Meaning - Check out
    the exhibit's amazing masks, headresses and wood
  • Civilisations - This interactive site examines
    key events in the development of any given
    ideology or religion, including Communism and its
    diffusion across the world.
  • Countries of the World - FactMonster - This site
    has all kinds of information about countries in
    the world, including geography, maps, flags,
    history, and rulers.
  • Kids Post - Get the scoop on current events and
    entertainment, homework help, and have fun with
    games, polls, and more from The Washington Post.
  • Languages Around the World - Kids around the
    world speak thousands of different languages! In
    this section you can learn some new words in a
    different language.
  • Religions Around the World - Learn about the many
    religions around the world.
  • United Nations Cyberschoolbus - This great site
    for students has access to country profiles, a
    well-written introduction to the history and work
    of the United Nations, and some fun quizzes (such
    as the one on national flags) and the Urban Fact
    Game, which is a creative on-line quiz about
    cities and their populations.
  • World Flag Database - This sites show flags from
    countries around the world.
  • Also includes
    basic facts on each country such as its
  • population,
    capital city, languages, currency and religions

Vandergrit's Children's Literature
  • Individual and educational website that gives
    important information on the use of childrens
    literature to teach and promote diversity
  • Information on the use of race, class, gender,
    religion, and much more in regard to picture and
    chapter books
  • Resources for further exploration on teaching
    students about diversity through literature

Here is an excerpt giving a background of what
one can find on the site
  • If we are ever to achieve a culture of
    inclusiveness that empowers all human beings, we
    must begin with young people. We cannot control
    what goes on in individual homes, but we can, and
    must, actively seek to ensure that our schools
    and libraries respect the many peoples who share
    our world, regardless of national origins,
    religious beliefs, sexual orientation, class,
    race, or gender. Feminist and multicultural
    practices can and must make a difference.
  • All schooling is political. The time has come to
    ensure that public education represents a
    politics of Inclusion, not exclusion. We ought to
    respect young learners' abilities to think,
    speak, read, and act. We should respect their
    abilities to comprehend, construct, and
    communicate meanings in various communities and
    contexts. These need to be the aim, the process,
    and the result of education.

Practical Applications
  • Technology will enrich students lives in a way
    that could not be previously done
  • Students can interact with students across the
    world and learn about countries and cultures
  • Teachers and school counselors can supplement
    curriculum with a variety of lesson plans,
    classroom activities, and web resources
  • Administrators can research how to implement
    tolerance and diversity into their school
    district through service learning project ideas,
    and tips for educating faculty, parents, and
  • Parents can now have a resource in aiding
    important conversations to have with their
    child(ren) in 2008

Closing Remarks
  • Please click here to listen to a closing audio

Additional Resources
  • Kristyn Sanborns Personal Website
  • Internet Address Book
  • Research Excerpts
  • Research Report
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