Multicultural Education Internet Resource Guide
Updated August 27, 2014
This guide to over 50 web sites was created to assist multicultural
educators in locating educational resources on the Internet. World wide access to multicultural information and current events in other regions makes the Internet an important
educational tool. Teachers through the internet have access to lesson plans,
on-line photo galleries, stories, maps, virtual field trip, international radio
programming, and e-mail pen pals. In the multicultural classroom these resources
can be used to create thematic units. Other sites, such as those devoted to
art and geography can supplement an existing lesson. Many of the sites listed
are source sites with lessons, pictures, problems and quizzes on-line, and other
sites are Index sites which provide extensive links related to a subject of
interest. Teachers should keep in mind that the Internet is a temporary resource,
and sites move and change rapidly. A listing of professional organizations for
multicultural educators is also provided. Highly recommended sites are marked
by an "*".
1. GENERAL MULTICULTURAL
2. WORLD GEOGRAPHY WEB
3. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
4. MULTICULTURAL ART WEB
5. INTERACTIVE SITES &
WORLD WIDE PEN PALS
6. LANGUAGE WEB SITES
7. REGIONS & ETHNIC GROUPS
& AFRICAN AMERICANS
8. PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
B. ASIA & ASIAN
C. CANADA AND
UNITED STATES & NATIVE AMERICANS
HISPANICS IN U.S
10. LINKS TO
ARTICLES AND OTHER READINGS ON
1. GENERAL MULTICULTURAL
*Awesome Library http://www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Social_Studies/Multicultural/Multicultural.html
This site organizes 14,000 resources. Find lesson plans,
field trips, photos, maps, and online video. A really good and
Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research at the University of
Southern California http://www-rcf.usc.edu/~cmmr/
American, Asian American,
Resources for teachers & teachers in training.
Center for World Indigenous Studies http://www.cwis.org/
4th world information, excellent virtual library
including Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. A good resource for
hard to find information. For older children.
*Critical Multicultural Pavilion http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/
Varous resources on multicultural education. See in particular the Multicultural
Pavilion Teacher's Corner: A great site with impressive resources and links.
The Teacher's online archives have children's literature, historic documents,
tribal documents, and speeches by Martin Luther King, Mandela and others. Teachers'
Toolbox has a photo gallery and multicultural song index. Historic African-American
literature collection online for older students. There are also good links to
multicultural ed. resources.
United Nations Global Teaching and Learning web site with
curriculum materials on poverty, human rights, world hunger,
indigenous peoples, ethnic and racial discrimnation, etc.
Includes Asian American, Enslaved, Mexican American, and Native
American Voices along with teaching materials, active learning, multimedia
and much else.
Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education http://www.eastern.edu/publications/emme/current.html
Includes articles, open forum, instructional ideas, and reviews of
Information Collection http://www.xs4all.nl/~swanson/history/chapter0102.html
Good links to multi-cultural resources, telefield trips to
Ancient Egypt, the American West, Russia, museum links, and more.
*International Digital Children's Library http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Thousands of full text on-line children's books in 40+ languages from
around the world.
InTimeMe: Multicultural Education http://www.intime.uni.edu/multiculture/
This site explores multicultural considerations in teacher preparation.
Multicultural Book Reviews http://www.isomedia.com/homes/jmele/joe.html
Web site for educators to share information on multicultural books
Multicultural Kids Music Vids http://multikidsmusicvids.com/
Video clips of music from around the world.
Multicultural Education: A Place to Start http://www.caslt.org/Print/rep5ep.htm
Guideline for Classrooms, Schools and Communities - Diversity in Canada provided by the Canadian
Association of Second Language Teachers
Multicultural Education & Ethnic Groups http://wwwlibrary.csustan.edu/lboyer/multicultural/main.htm
Selected resources Colorado State University.
Multicultural Education http://www.emtech.net/multicultural_education.html
emTech (emerging technologies) resources for teachers, students, and parents.
Multicultural Education Through Miniatures http://www.coedu.usf.edu/culture/
Includes photos, maps, stories and games of handmade marionettes, dolls and puppets from all over the world.
Multiculturalism and Storytelling http://www.uen.org/mcst/lessons.html
Lesson plans created by participants in the Center for Documentary Expression and Art's "Multiculturalism and Storytelling" course. Each lesson plan is designed
for specific grade levels, but can be tailored for students of various levels and aptitudes.
Smithsonian Education: Heritage Teaching Resources http://smithsonianeducation.org/educators/resource_library/heritage_resources.html
Resources on Blacks, Asian Pacific Americans, American Indians, Women, and Hispanics selected for their relevance to classroom curriculum and national education standards.
Multicultural Lesson Plans and Resources http://cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edmulticult.htm
Web-Quests, lesson plans and resurces sorted by content specialty or
Project L.E.A.D. http://www.childrenlead.org/
Dedicated to providing multicultural educational resources to teachers,
students and trainers.
Travel Around the World: Geography for Kids http://www.wakanow.com/ng/pages/Travel-Around-the-World:-Geography-for-Kids
Links to games and activities for kids.
World Wise Schools http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/
A Peace Corps sponsored site with lesson plans for grades
3-12. Multicultural topics include a new lesson called "Looking at Ourselves
and Others", and another that compares the daily activities of teenage girls
from several countries. This site can help teachers integrate global education
in to daily activities. Indexed by grade level and subject area.
Yahoo Society & Culture http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Holidays_and_Observances/
Easy access to a huge array of cultural information, multicultural
holidays, recipes, and web directories.
Culture Quest World Tour http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/cquest/
Join Ophelia Owl & Parsifal Penguin on the Internet Public Libraries worldwide tour!
Created by a high school geography teacher. Excellent source
of info on regions, culture, earth science, plate teutonics, agriculture and
natural resources. Tremendous links to regional web sites, geography quizzes,
and interactive maps. All ages.
*Great Globe Gallery
Print out maps and globes, satellite views, topo maps, historical
maps and more. Unusual maps like solstice geography, astronomy, El nino maps
and ocean current maps. Very interesting, for all ages.
Lonely Planet Home
Based on the Lonely Planet Travel Guide series of books.
Information on specific regions including maps, facts, history, environment,
economics, current events and money. Good information for reports.
Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized
on each map according to the subject of interest. There are now nearly 700
3. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SITES
This is a great site. There are fun lesson plans to use on
frogs, birds, and more. Complete rainforest thematic units are here for ages
K-12, which include rainforest stories, coloring pages and fun activities. Information
on how your class can get involved in rainforest preservation.
4. ART SITES
Bill's World of
Take a virtual tour of many world art museums online. Download
paintings and artist bios for use in the classroom. A good link to the International
Museum Network is here.
Creatively Teaching Multicultural Art http://www.goshen.edu/art/ed/multiculturalart.html
Discusses can I teach art in a ways that makes my students take pride in their own cultural identity while gaining respect and appreciation for the art of other cultures?
Art Page http://es.reocities.com/Athens/acropolis/6961/
Great site for multicultural art projects, and museum links. This award-winning site currently has on line lesson plans for Africa, Pacific
Asia, Latin America, Native America, and American Folk Art. Complete directions
and a photo of the completed project are online.
World Myths and Legends in Art http://www.artsmia.org/world-myths/
Minneapolis Institute of Arts uses 26 works of art selected from its
collections to explore mythology from around the world.
5. INTERACTIVE SITES-WORLD WIDE PEN PALS
A global online conference for ages 10-15 conducted in several
languages, including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Norwegian, and Hebrew.
Membership is required, but free. Over 23,000 members from 60 countries. To
join, contact Odd de Presno, at email@example.com.
*ePals Classroom Exchange http://www.epals.com/
For K-12, this is the world's largest electronic pen pal
network. Over 1 million students from 108 countries are registered with ePals.
Great way to communicate with children overseas, and practice new language skills.
6. LANGUAGE WEB SITES
Globe Gate Project
for Teachers and Students of Foreign Language http://globegate.utm.edu/
Several thousand web links for teachers and students of foreign
language. At this site you can also find lesson plans, online newspapers, magazines,
radio and TV from all over the world in a variety of world languages.
7-A. AFRICA & AFRICAN AMERICANS
Contains current and historical information for students interested in one or more of the fifty-three countries on the continent.
Web links set up by University of Southern California's Center
for Multilingual, Multicultural Research. Very complete.
Africans in America http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/home.html
Based on PBS television series; chronicles history of slavery in the U.S.
The Africa Guide http://www.africa-guide.com/
This page has detailed information on 51 African countries
and an outstanding photo gallery.
7-B. ASIA AND ASIAN AMERICANS
Asian-Pacific Resources http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~cmmr/Asian.html
Excellent links from the University of Southern California's
Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research.
7-C. CANADA AND UNITED STATES & NATIVE AMERICANS
American Indians http://www.americanindians.com/
Information on American Indians.
American Indians and the Natural World http://www.carnegiemnh.org/online/indians/index.html
Carnegie Museum of Natural History site
Bill's Aboriginal Links: Latin America http://www.bloorstreet.com/300block/aborintl.htm#3
Tremendous links to Latin America, Mexico, Central and South
America. Includes links to dictionaries, indigenous peoples, art, culture and
Kid Info: Reference Resources for Native Americans http://www.kidinfo.com/American_History/Native_Americans.html
Links to Native American information on the Internet
Native American Resources http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~cmmr/Native_American.html
Excellent links to Native American resources on the web,
including tribal homepages, and links to Native language resources. Links to
lesson plans for teaching Dakota and Lakota.
7-D. LATIN AMERICA & HISPANICS IN U.S.
Latin American Resources for Primary & Secondary Education http://www.lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/k-12/
Univ. of Texas K-12 site
Latino Links http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~cmmr/Latino.html
A page created by the USC Center for Multilingual, Multicultural
Research. Great links for teacher and students
Latino Studies Resources http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/
to all kinds of information on Latino history, immigration, and current
Teaching from a Hispanic Perspective http://literacynet.org/lp/hperspectives/contents.html
A full text handbook for Non-Hispanic Adult Educators.
8. PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND JOURNALS
Index of Professional Organizations for Multicultural Educators http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~cmmr/proforg.html
An extensive index with links created by the University of
Southern California's Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research.
International Journal of Multicultural Education http://ijme-journal.org/index.php/ijme
The International Journal of Multicultural Education is committed to promoting educational equity, cross-cultural understanding, and global awareness in all levels of education.
Journal of Multiculturalism in Education
A peer reviewed professional research journal whose primary purpose is the collection and dissemination of Multiculturalism in Education research, theory, and practice on all multiculturally related aspects of primary, secondary, and post-secondary education around the world.
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) http://www.nameorg.org/
This organization is committed to a philosophy of inclusion
that embraces the basic tenets of democracy and cultural pluralism.
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) http://www.nabe.org/
9. ANTI-HATE RESOURCES
Founded in 1975, this organization addresses the needs of
language minority students in the US, and works to advance language competence
and multicultural understanding of all Americans.
Teaching Tolerance http://www.tolerance.org/
10. LINKS TO ARTICLES AND OTHER READINGS ON
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center to fight hate and promote tolerance
Developing Multicultural Curriculum
Read about River Edge, N.J. 2nd grade teacher Carolyn Brush and her successful multicultural curriculum. This program combines teaching students about world cultures with the talents of the diverse student population,
includes activity downloads.
Brigham Young University site with links to lesson plan adaptation and awareness activities, etc.
Multicultural Education http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/educatrs/presrvce/pe3lk1.htm
Links to various documents on multicultural education
Multicultural Education http://www.tsowell.com/spmultic.html
A conservative attack on multicultural education by conservative columnist
Multicultural Education Connecting Theory to Practice http://www.ncsall.net/?id=208
Short article by Allison Cumming-McCann
Seeing Past The "Colorblind" Myth of Education Policy: Addressing Racial & Ethnic Inequality and Supporting Culturally Diverse Schools
National Indian Policy Center brief by Amy Stuart Wells, 2014
A Complete List of Resources on Multicultural Education
A Synthesis of Scholarship in Multicultural Education
Longer 1994 article by Geneva Gay published by the North Central
Regional Educational Laboratory
What is Multicultural Education? http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/papers/keith.html
Short article defining multicultural education with pros and cons.
Note: Thanks to Kristel Nielsen and my BME 310 Foundations of
Multicultural Education students for finding many of
the web sites listed above.