TakingITGlobal (TIG) is an online international charitable organization which serves youth worldwide through a multilingual online learning community and innovative education programs. By fostering cross-cultural understanding and global citizenship, TIG helps young people develop their potential as creative, technology-enabled, and globally-aware leaders.

Learn about TakingITGlobal with your facilitators Sara Hassan and Katherine Walraven. If you are already a TIG member, add us as a friend, or sign-up here!

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TIG's Online Learning Community

As a social network for social good, TIG operates the world's leading online community that aims to empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. The award winning is available in thirteen (13) languages and offers a diverse set of educational resources and action tools intended to inspire, inform and involve. Since launching in 2000, 20 million people have accessed the website to learn, grow and realize their potential.

Get to know TIG by checking out the following site sections:

TIG_Menu_-_COMMUNITY.pngA community of young global leaders

In this section, students become inspired by stories of TIG members from around the world, engage in discussions on pressing global issues and send inspirational e-cards to their TIG friends! Students can also search for other members around the world and keep up-to-date the latest TIG news by exploring the newsletters.

TIG_Menu_-_ACTION.pngAction Tools

Here, students can make commitments to address global issues and learn how to take action and organize social change initiatives.



The resources section helps students find internships, fellowships and volunteer placements, e-courses, profiles of organizations around the world interested in working with youth.

TIG_Menu_-_EXPRESSION.pngYouth Media

Students can learn about global issues through interactive online games and express themselves through member-contributed publications and a global art gallery. Make sure to check out the Student News Action Network, an interactive, multimedia-rich student-driven online newspaper!

TIG_Menu_-_GLOBAL_ISSUES.pngTIG_Menu_-_REGIONS.pngPages providing information about global issues and regions around the world!

These sections provides in-depth information on over 40 pressing global issues and all of the world's countries and territories. This is a great research tool for young social change agents!


TakingITGlobal for Educators

TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) aims to empower teachers around the globe to utilize technology to create international learning experiences that build 21st century skills and foster global citizenship amongst their students.

Explore TIGed ( to discover:

community.pngA community of globally minded educators

The TIGed community currently consists of over 4,000 educators and 30,000 students in 125 countries. Join TIGed and engage with educators around the world by submitting your educator story, or posting your collaboration details.

TIGed_-_RESOURCES.pngA growing database of global education resources

Teachers can browse the TIGed Best Practices Guide for in-depth case studies of educators utilizing technology to facilitate innovative global learning projects, browse the Activities Database for lesson plans, activities, and games, and explore TIGed's suite of thematic classrooms. Free to use, thematic classrooms are online spaces pre-populated with lesson plans and resources designed to support learning about issues of both local and global significance. TIGed hosts the following thematic classrooms, which feature all of the collaborative learning tools available within TIGed virtual classrooms:

  • Mental Health - Designed to help secondary school students learn and talk openly about mental health, students explore issues and topics including brain functions, stress, stigma, finding support, and mental health in the media.
  • DeforestACTION - Primary and secondary level students learn about the politics of deforestation globally, with a focus on the destruction of native forests for the commercial production of palm oil, and learn what they can do to reclaim at-risk forests and preserve them for future generations.
  • Tread Lightly - Exploring climate change through the lens of ecological footprints, secondary school students learn basic climate change science, develop a sense of personal and collective responsibility for the earth, and adopt more environmentally friendly habits and behaviours.
  • GRUB - Youth Perspectives on Food Choices and Food Systems - Intermediate and secondary school students learn to ask important questions about the food we eat, where it comes from, how we make food-related decisions, and the local and global impacts of these choices on human and community health.
  • Orange Revolution - Secondary school students can explore issues related to human rights, good governance and political stability by examining the Ukrainian Orange Revolution in 2004 and 2005. Particular focus is placed on the role of Canadians and Canadian organizations during this period.
  • Ayiti: The Cost of Life - Intermediate and secondary school get to explore how rural poverty affects individuals, families and communities in developing countries such as Haiti.
  • TIG Xpress - HIV/AIDS - As young people are amongst those most affected by HIV/AIDS, secondary school students can learn about the five main areas of HIV vulnerability: gender, migration, stigma, poverty, and access to treatment through the lens of social justice, transnational communication, and global solidarity.
  • The Virtual Classroom on Tobacco Control - Designed to help reduce the incidence of tobacco use among secondary school students, learn about the health impacts of first- and second-hand smoke, the exploitative nature of the global tobacco industry, and how to effectively encourage peers to lead smoke-free lives.

iStock_000011085397Small-apple.jpgProfessional Development in Global Education

Designed to support teachers in enhancing their understanding of and competencies in global education, TIGed offers two (2) accredited e-courses that explore why global education is so vital and how e-technologies can bring the world into the classroom. The first course, Introduction to Global Education, is tailored for educators with limited experience in global education who are looking for an introduction to the practice. The second, Introduction to Global Project-Based Learning, is geared towards those who have some experience but are looking to take global education to the next level by working on projects with international partners. Together, these e-courses equip teachers with the skills, knowledge and confidence required to facilitate effective, standards-based global learning experiences.

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TIGed offers safe and customizable virtual classroom communities designed to support international learning collaborations. Teachers create, moderate, and control to fit the needs of their students and objectives of their curriculum. Classroom tools include:

  • blogs
  • podcasts
  • maps
  • image galleries
  • live video chats
  • discussion boards
  • online file storage

These tools allow students to demonstrate their learning, express themselves, engage in constructive dialogue around important topics, and develop a portfolio of their work – all within a private, secure, and advertizing-free online environment, anytime, anywhere! There is a small fee for the virtual classroom, which support the costs associated with hosting and continually improving the TIGed virtual classroom platform, and also subsidizes the use of these online spaces in developing countries (where teachers are not charged a license fee).

Free Trial
MoM participants will have access to a free trial of the virtual classroom platform by using promotional code ecoo2011. This code needs to be activated by November 30th, and will provide for a complimentary 30 day trial. Users will be prompted to enter the promotional code in step 4 of the registration process.

TIGed's Global Projects

TIGed offers an array of global education programs open to classrooms around the world. These programs are designed to support global learning through international collaboration projects. More so, educators can readily join, easily integrate these programs into existing curriculum, and allow global education to be fun and exciting! Below are some of our current programs:

  • Tread Lightly: Tread Lightly is a free climate change education and engagement program that features innovative online educational tools and resources designed to empower youth to reduce their ecological footprints and take action on climate change.
  • DeforestACTION: DeforestACTION is a global movement of youth and schools taking action to stop deforestation. Currently focused on the forests of Indonesia, the program connects teachers, students, and youth from across the globe through online collaborative learning spaces and innovative technology tools that allow global problem solving to be fun and engaging!
  • Global Encounters: The Global Encounters program brings together students from across the world through live video conferences that explore global issues and the potential youth have to shape a better common future.
  • Shout: Shout invites educators and students to take an active role in global environmental issues. Connect online with experts in the field, share ideas, and collaborate with people around the world committed to solving environmental challenges.
  • Defining Moments: The aim of the Defining Moments program is to foster cross-cultural participation among Canadian youth through regionally coordinated workshops along with a national art contest and travelling exhibition. The project aims to increase young Canadians' understanding of, and attachment to Canada through a creative and collaborative process.

TakingITGlobal and TIGed Scavenger Hunt!

Not sure where to start! Please use the list below to guide your MoM experience with TIG and TIGed!
  1. If you're not a member yet, sign up!
  2. Watch a TIG video
  3. Get inspired by reading a member story!
  4. Send an e-card!
  5. Weigh in on the multilingual discussion forum
  6. Make a commitment!
  7. Sign a petition
  8. Add a friend!
  1. Browse the Activity Database
  2. Contribute a lesson plan
  3. Create a thematic classroom
  4. Get inspired by reading the Best Practices Guide
  5. Watch the TIGed video
  6. Play around in the demo class!
  7. Read an Educator Story
  8. Check out the online newsletter archive
  1. Explore the Tread Lightly website
  2. Commit to the Tread Lightly Challenge
  3. Create a Tread Lightly thematic classroom
  4. Create a DeforestACTION school hub!
  5. Join the DeforestACTION HQ!
  6. Sign up for a DeforestACTION event!
  7. Visit the Global Encounters website and see what events are lined up
  8. Register for a Global Encounters event