2017-2018 CURRICULUM


Current Curriculum

2016-17: Digital Cities Connect!

The 2016-17 curriculum, Digital Cities Connect!, focuses on life in the digital age—how digital technology transforms government, business, and the way individual citizens live and work. After learning about the links between technology and sustainability, students will apply what they’ve learned to create local action projects.

Program Benefits

Global Scholars supports the following key objectives:

  • Broaden students’ local-to-global perspective by learning from peers in other cities
  • Gain subject matter content knowledge on an issue of mutual concern
  • Equip students to navigate a 21st century virtually-connected world
  • Augment digital technology proficiency
  • Promote English language practice and literacy

Computers and Internet connection are required to participate in this Internet-based curriculum and access the secure, pass-coded e-classroom. The program activities are conducted in English. There is no fee to take part in Global Scholars.

E-Classroom Tour

In Their Own Words

Global scholars Students | Jakarta, IndONESIA

“Being a Global Scholar is important because we need to learn stuff from other countries and to communicate better with international peers.” 

Mònica Pereña | Barcelona, Spain

Deputy Director General of Language and Multilingualism, Catalan Regional Ministry of Education

“We have made Global Scholars one of our educational priorities because it helps students use English in a formal and subtle way. Students have to find strategies to understand the same thing said in different ways—and they learn that what they are doing in their city may be done differently in other cities.”

Ranjini Krishnaswamy | Mumbai, India

Billabong High School, Principal

“I would say to all schools, administrators, managers, as well as teachers: grab the opportunity if you’re invited. You don’t need to spend anything and you’re able to add value to your children’s education.”

Linda Rosenbury | New york, ny

Brooklyn Urban Garden School, Principal

“Global Scholars is able to model for students how they can present themselves to the world as innovators, as thinkers and have debates with kids across the globe. It’s been really excellent. It’s not the paper to turn into the teacher to put in the desk. It’s a global platform that’s motivating students to improve their writing.”


Bob Brazofsky | Miami, fl

Executive Director of Social Sciences Miami-Dade County Public Schools

“I believe schools have a civic mission to guide students in how to morally use technology in a constructive manner. Programs like Global Scholars are very, very important to push the agenda forward, to give students the skills they need to make proper decisions about what they’re putting online.”



global scholars students | mumbai, India

“I still cannot cease to be amazed by the diversity of thinking among people and the millions of ways of interpreting a simple sentence.”

“Participating in Global Scholars improved my students’ knowledge of countries and their traditions and culture. It enriched their vocabulary and communicative skills as they had a unique chance to communicate with real people.”

Tatyana Shumenkova | Saratov, Russia

Lyceum of Mathematics and Computer Science, Teacher


Student Survey Sampling:
What do you hope to learn in Global Scholars?

Dubai:  I hope I could finally understand how is the lifestyle of people outside Dubai and learn more about what is happening in the world.

“Global Scholars allowed students to research, to develop critical thinking skills and ask very in-depth questions about the world and to see themselves as part of a much larger community.”

Michelle Bennett | London, England

Fenstanton Primary School, Principal


Jakarta:  I hope that I could help improve my country by learning other countries' ways (good ways and bad ways) so I could use their good ways but not make their mistakes.

Madrid:  I want to learn the different types of food. Others’ monuments. How they live and if they are ecological people or no. I want to learn what they do in the free time, how they work in projects, and if they learn of other countries.

New York City:  I want to learn as much as I can. I want to know a lot because when I make it to the Olympics I need to know the country’s background.

Taipei:  I hope 1. We learn more about cities around the word. 2. The courage to communicate with foreigners. 3. Learn more English. 4. We can share ideas with each other.



Students show off their favorite classrooms and the year’s first snowfall as they explore “What is a Global Scholar?” for a Unit 1 assignment.


Students in Taipei, Taiwan showcased "YouBike" and other digitally-inspired innovations in their city for their peers in the e-classroom.