United Nations Cyberschoolbus

 

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Award-winning resource tackles tough subjects.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Educates kids about international issues and encourages them to get involved; provides forums where kids from around the world can discuss various issues and collaborate on action-oriented projects.

Violence

Information may cover issues such as war, genocide, land mines, etc., but does so in a factual way.

Sex

Curriculum, information, and news stories may touch on human rights sexual violations.

Language

This site links to the official UN news site.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Curriculum and UN news stories may cover illegal drugs, but any mention would focus on the negative effects.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site discusses topics that younger kids might not be ready for such as genocide, torture, human rights violations, and AIDS. Parents should also be aware that it links directly to the UN's official news site, which may include images and content that could disturb younger or more sensitive kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • global awareness
  • government

What Kids Can Learn

While United Nations Cyberschoolbus was created with educational intent, it appears to have limited learning potential.

Kids can learn about global topics like poverty, hunger, and discrimination. They have access to UN data, can learn about model UN, or play a few games, or read information in the themed units for classroom teachers. Unfortunately it’s been awhile since the site has gotten some attention; there are broken features, dead links, and out of date projects. Despite the need for serious updating, a good teacher may find the themed units and activity suggestions useful.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • global awareness
  • government

While United Nations Cyberschoolbus was created with educational intent, it appears to have limited learning potential.

Kids can learn about global topics like poverty, hunger, and discrimination. They have access to UN data, can learn about model UN, or play a few games, or read information in the themed units for classroom teachers. Unfortunately it’s been awhile since the site has gotten some attention; there are broken features, dead links, and out of date projects. Despite the need for serious updating, a good teacher may find the themed units and activity suggestions useful.

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What's it about?

Jump aboard the CYBERSCHOOLBUS -- the online component of the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Global Teaching and Learning Project -- to learn about important international issues such as peace, world hunger, and racial discrimination. The Cyberschoolbus encourages kids to create solutions to global problems through projects such as a tree-planting campaign, and the forums are where kids from around the world can discuss things and collaborate on projects (teachers register their participants). Video clips and links to the UN's official news site offer further education on world issues.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids can learn about global topics like poverty, hunger, and discrimination. They have access to UN data, can learn about model UN, or play a few games, or read information in the themed units for classroom teachers. Unfortunately it’s been awhile since the site has gotten some attention; there are broken features, dead links, and out of date projects.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about ways to get involved in international issues, and how a problem on the other side of the world has the potential to affect all of humankind. For instance, can you think of a way to get your school or community involved in helping to bring clean water to villages that need it?

  • Why is it important to take an interest and get involved in international issues?

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Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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