Global Resources for Schools: Time Zones

clockWhat time is it in Mexico? What about in China? For educators who want to connect children from far-off regions around the world (via Skype or other technology) knowing what time it is there is a critical factor in setting up opportunities for children to interact.

If you’ve adopted a sister school in Kenya, or if you and your students are embarking on an exploration of different cultures, a study of time zones can be a fun way for children to learn about where they are in relation to others and strengthen their math, geography and time-telling skills.

Introduce students to time zone maps, and terms such as Greenwich Mean Time. Ask them to research the history of time zones, make their own clocks with moveable hands out of paper plates, and calculate what time it is in Los Angeles or Bangkok. Hang clocks on the wall that show the time in other countries.

Helpful link:

Time and

Features interactive time zone map, world clock, a day and night map, and an international meeting planner.


Global Resources for Schools is our twice-monthly feature highlighting international focused organizations, educational websites and resources to support educators in their efforts to create globally oriented schools.

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