Showing posts with label cultural studies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cultural studies. Show all posts

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fasten Seat Belts 2 - Videos for Learning About Cultural Norms

Nearly four years ago I wrote about a neat set of videos about cultural norms. That set of videos was called Fasten Seat Belts. Fasten Seat Belts has been updated. The second version of Fasten Seat Belts, funded by the European Commission’s Life Long Learning Programme, picks up where the previous series left off.

Fasten Seat Belts is a neat website designed to help travelers learn the cultural norms of the places they plan to visit. Fasten Seat Belts offers videos for travelers going to countries in Europe and Asia. You can search for videos by country or by theme (table manners, bar customs, etc).

Applications for Education
I know of a few school's whose world language programs require students to learn about the cultural practices of the countries in which their language of study is spoken. These videos could be helpful for introducing or reminding students of some of those lessons. These videos could also be very valuable if you are taking students on a trip outside of their native countries.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Visualizing Cultures - Image-Driven Scholarship

Visualizing Cultures is an interesting project created and developed at MIT. Visualizing Cultures consists of thirteen visual narratives accompanied by essays. The project combines visual narratives and essays to tell the history of Japan since the arrival of Commodore Perry or as MIT describes it, the history of Japan in the modern world. The essays can be read on the website or downloaded as PDF's for printing. Each visual narrative consists of several sections, each section consists of ten to fifteen images with captions. In some ways Visualizing Cultures could be described as an academic picture book.

Applications for Education
Visualizing Cultures could be used at a wide range of grade levels. The essays could be used in a high school history class and the visual narratives could be used in a middle school or possibly elementary school class. Visualizing Cultures provides a model for students to use as they create visual narratives of their own.