Today’s society is mobile and global. Laptops, tablets and smartphones connect users with information in less than a second, and because mobility has increased our connectivity, we’ve increased our connections with all parts of the world.

These advancements mean students have to be ready to learn and work on a global scale. And luckily, with a mobile device and the internet, it’s fairly simple to help students get on the road to developing a global mindset.

Whether your goal is to help students connect with other students from different countries and backgrounds, or if your aim is to broaden their knowledge of worldwide issues, technology can help.

Here are 7 tools to get you started on your global mission:

iEARN: iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.

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TinyBop’s HOMES: This app shows students how other children around the world live. They can explore rooms inside different homes, look outside, and investigate differences. Interactive labels help students learn common words in different languages.

Generation Global: Using this videoconferencing tool and online platform, students will work with other students from different backgrounds and cultures in order to build global empathy and understanding.

NASA’s GLOBE Program: The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.

TakingITGlobal: TakingITGlobal is a network of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges. Youth around the world are actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.

Being Global: An interactive, multi-media, and trilingual app kit for parents and educators to teach children about the goodness in exploring, appreciating, and respecting other children’s traditions, religions, and values the world over. Discover what it means to be global in this whimsically-drawn and thoughtfully-told animated and interactive story that also includes game play.

TWICE: TWICE provides a matching service for point-to-point video conferences between schools. Teacher matching is done based on your registration information. Participating schools are responsible for making the connections work successfully.

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura