Explore the World Online

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Explore the world from your computer. (JamesBrey/iStockPhoto)

These organizations focus on studying and sharing with others information and events from around the world—and they have great websites. 

  • Council on Foreign Relations provides issue briefs, interactives, task force reports, podcasts, blog posts, and more on the latest issues in the world of international affairs.
  • The History Channel website has articles and features on historical topics from around the world. Interactive games challenge teachers and students alike.
  • National Geographic has innumerable interactive maps, videos, and other materials on international geography and contemporary issues. State Geographic Alliances also provide professional development in your state.
  • Smithsonian's Education's African and Asian Art galleries Web site offers many resources for educators including free online education conferences on a variety of topics.
  • United Nations offers the latest news reports and updates on global happenings.
  • Words Without Borders is an online international literature magazine that also provides lesson plans, book reviews, and author interviews from around the globe.

AsiaSociety.org, too, features a wide range of cultural, political, economic, and educational news from throughout Asia.

Many great museums and libraries throughout the world have English versions of their websites. If something is not in English, use an online tool like Google Translate to get the gist of it. Try, for example, The National Palace Museum or the Hermitage.