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Educator Resources

The Office of International Affairs provides global education outreach resources to pre-school through college (P-16) educators, as well as businesses, state and local government, civic organizations and to the community at large, by promoting a variety of programs and activities on and off campus, in Columbus and around the state of Ohio. Our goals are to advance and communicate Area Studies knowledge and global understanding, facilitate and enhance learning of foreign languages and culture, promote knowledge about other parts of the world and Ohio's integration with the world, and to promote understanding of diverse perspectives.

International Education Outreach at the Office of International Affairs shares resources for P-12 educators with the Area Studies Centers and the foreign languages departments at The Ohio State University. These resources include: film loan libraries of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the East Asian Studies Center and the Middle East Studies Center, lecture programs, a speakers' bureau, seminars for students, community and business persons, translation and interpreting referrals, teaching materials, culture boxes and professional development workshops for educators. We also accommodate school or community groups on campus for international education visits.

International education outreach is an investment in Ohio's future development.

Resources for International Education

Culture in a Box

This resource consists of a library of boxes containing artifacts from different countries around the world. Each box contains a variety of items that will give students a better idea of the culture, art, civic society, government and geography of specific countries or gegions. Examples include, books written int he country's language, traditional crafts, tourist souvenirs and postcards, and a brief fact sheet regarding the geographical location and general statistics of the country. Educators may check out a culture box for up to two weeks by contacting us at oia-outreach@osu.edu.

The following culture boxes are available:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • South Africa
  • Russia
  • Somalia
  • Senegal and Mali

The following activity kits are available:

  • Mask-making
  • Stamps
  • Caligraphy

All culture boxes must be returned to the Office of International Affairs with all of the artifacts intact. If you have artifacts from countries that you would like to donate to the program, it would be greatly appreciated.

Traveling Exhibits

The Ohio State International Photography Competition winning entries are available as a traveling exhibit. The photographs represent different areas of the world and were taken by Ohio State students, faculty and staff members who have traveled abroad.

The photo exhibits have traveled to 29 schools in Ohio over the past two years, and to 12 other states. Over 15,200 parents, teachers and students have viewed the photos that include educational descriptions in the photographer's own words. Background information on the places featured in the photographs is also included.

Edgewood School in Madison, WI displayed the exhibit in their school library. One teacher there created a scavenger hunt activity using the exhibit. Weber School in Iowa City used the exhibit in conjunction with the school's annual United Nations Day celebration. Exploris Middle School in Raleigh is an international and global studies school that is connected to a museum Exploris displayed the photographs in its main entry area. Teacher Karen Rectanus said it "made a great statement of our mission."

The Graham School in Columbus, Ohio had its world geography students add facts and details about the places depicted. Westerville South High School in Columbus had a contest for its students to guess the locations of where the photographs were taken, and then later revealed the locations and contextual information.

The Marlboro Township Public Schools of Marlboro, New Jersey used the exhibit prompt student writing activities in Social Studies and World Culture classes. Some schools used the exhibit at receptions along with other events and displays. One school that borrowed the exhibit is planning on duplicating the contest and exhibit for their own students.

Other exhibits available include:

Portrait of Turkey: Photos from educators who traveled to Turkey in Summer 2007 with the Columbus Council on World Affairs and the Scioto Educational Foundation

Global Health Traveling Photo Exhibit: Winners of the 2008 photo contest held by the Global Health Initiative for display and discussion in your classroom or community hall.

Diego Rivera Traveling Museum: An educational resource tool highlighting the most important works of this Mexican artist.


The World is Calling Your Name - An Activity for Students

This activity is most appropriate for elementary students and could ideally involve teachers, parents and community members who speak more than one language to make it a school-wide event. As part of the World is Calling Your Name activity, students will learn to write his/her name in another language. The program will provide:

The World is Calling Your Name Activity Guide provides suggested learning tools for five days during International Education Week.

To request any of these teaching tools or for more information, contact us at oia-outreach@osu.edu.