Google the term ‘culturebox’ and you’ll get nothing. Well that’s not true, you’ll actually get a link to a Danish Night Club. However, the new movement #culturebox is not about teaching kids funky European dance moves, instead it aims to bridge the cultural gap that sometimes exists in our world.
Culturebox founder @ASTsupportAAli organised a big group of teachers to pair up with someone on the other side of the world.
In my own experience, I was paired with Mike Watson and his class in Theddlethorpe, England. Mike set his class a homework task of finding a bit more out about Australia and today we had a live cross using Google Hangout. We chatted for a bit and spoke of timezones, different animals, Aboriginal history, British Colonisation and I even had to explain what we do for Christmas in Australia, the assumption was that the whole of Australia go to the beach that day!
All in all, it was a great experience and I can’t wait for the return call when my class goes back to school and gets a call from England. The next stage will be filling a box full of ‘Australiana’ that we will post off to the UK.
A great idea and a wonderful initiative! If you are interested, don’t hesitate – jump on twitter, reach out and get involved.
Hey look, Mike even made a cool display with my ‘mug’ on a school wall in England. Hilarious!