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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

#CultureBox

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We are planning to launch #Culturebox after an exillirating #AussiED chat session on Sunday the 7th of August 2014! @kabradders @madgiemgedu (and me @astsupportaali) thought it would be amazing to organise an exchange of cultural gifts across the world! 

Twitter truly is a global classroom and teachers are becoming more and more connected daily! We want our students to share in this journey and become more globally and culturally aware. So, the idea is simple; Click here- http://cheneyagilitytoolkit.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/culturebox.html to be taken to the Google form asking for people's details/locations/students ages. It will also ask for the culture teachers would like to share/receive!

After some clever pairing teachers will be able to get in touch with each other and send each other their #CultureBox packages!! 

You can get get your students to complete research projects about the countries they are sending the #Culturebox to or, you could set up Skype classroom sessions with them etc.

Does this sound like a good idea? 

Some ideas for what you can send in the #CultureBox
 

  • National flag 
  • A recording of the national anthem/spoken language- a book to learn the language?
  • Food from the country (that won't go off/get through customs etc!)
  • Official clothing? 
  • Key rings/ postcards from national landmarks? 
  • Video message? 
  • Religious links to the country? 
  • Handwritten letters? 
  • Pictures? Photos? Paintings? 
  • Example of school planner? School building? Lessons? 
  • Facts and info about your culture? 

I am sure you can think of more!

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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
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This is such a cool, cool idea. The one thing I see missing is a deadline. You'll want all the participants in hand before you match up the classrooms. Unless you plan on doing this on a rolling basis?

Diane Leedham's picture

Sorry it's taken longer than planned to post as I promised.

It's a brilliant idea to encourage young people to make global connections and communications with other real people, particularly if the emphasis is on the latter. Goldsmiths have just completed an international research project on multimodal multilingual storytelling which encompasses many of the aims of this project.
http://www.gold.ac.uk/clcl/multilingual-learning/criticalconnections/
There are lots of ideas and resources here for follow up once connection is made. I recommend having a look.

If anyone is unfamiliar with Mirror by Jeannie Baker then I also recommend this as a starting point for discussion in class. It's a picture book ( suitable for all ages) which juxtaposes different world contexts in ways with are both familiar and unexpected. It's an excellent, thought provoking introduction to issues of difference and similarity.

It's really good to see such clear reminders on the sign up page about the dangers of stereotypical representation. We can all so easily unconsciously slip into this mindset. I hope the links below may help participants self evaluate and support the development of a critical frame to introduce and develop the topic ... lots of practical ideas here

http://globaldimension.org.uk/glp

http://www.ioe.ac.uk/research/92155.html

I do have a further suggestion which is to focus on the plural as a prompt for any individual's 'culture box' ie cultures rather than culture. I don't mean 'multicultural' in that a class box may contain different individual 'culture boxes' . I rather mean that any individual will be at the intersection of a number of different cultural identities and an individual's collation could/should reflect this. My UK classes are superdiverse .. I can't imagine anyone who would create a monocultural box or whose box would represent more than the complexity of being an individual living in a particular place at a particular time. You would need a lot of UK boxes to begin to understand the hyperdiversity of the UK!

This a dominant feature of the global experience; the distinctions and continuities between different members of the same country/culture/community as well as other countries/cultures/communities across the world seems to me to be an immensely worthwhile set of knowledges and understandings to foster.

Good luck! I don't have a class at the moment so I can't join in unfortunately but I am working at the British Council so perhaps there will be networks/contacts to share. Please stay in touch :-)

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Diane Leedham's picture

Sorry it's taken longer than planned to post as I promised.

It's a brilliant idea to encourage young people to make global connections and communications with other real people, particularly if the emphasis is on the latter. Goldsmiths have just completed an international research project on multimodal multilingual storytelling which encompasses many of the aims of this project.
http://www.gold.ac.uk/clcl/multilingual-learning/criticalconnections/
There are lots of ideas and resources here for follow up once connection is made. I recommend having a look.

If anyone is unfamiliar with Mirror by Jeannie Baker then I also recommend this as a starting point for discussion in class. It's a picture book ( suitable for all ages) which juxtaposes different world contexts in ways with are both familiar and unexpected. It's an excellent, thought provoking introduction to issues of difference and similarity.

It's really good to see such clear reminders on the sign up page about the dangers of stereotypical representation. We can all so easily unconsciously slip into this mindset. I hope the links below may help participants self evaluate and support the development of a critical frame to introduce and develop the topic ... lots of practical ideas here

http://globaldimension.org.uk/glp

http://www.ioe.ac.uk/research/92155.html

I do have a further suggestion which is to focus on the plural as a prompt for any individual's 'culture box' ie cultures rather than culture. I don't mean 'multicultural' in that a class box may contain different individual 'culture boxes' . I rather mean that any individual will be at the intersection of a number of different cultural identities and an individual's collation could/should reflect this. My UK classes are superdiverse .. I can't imagine anyone who would create a monocultural box or whose box would represent more than the complexity of being an individual living in a particular place at a particular time. You would need a lot of UK boxes to begin to understand the hyperdiversity of the UK!

This a dominant feature of the global experience; the distinctions and continuities between different members of the same country/culture/community as well as other countries/cultures/communities across the world seems to me to be an immensely worthwhile set of knowledges and understandings to foster.

Good luck! I don't have a class at the moment so I can't join in unfortunately but I am working at the British Council so perhaps there will be networks/contacts to share. Please stay in touch :-)

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