#Culturebox – My experience

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.

The idea is simple and was spawned by @ASTsupportAAli who linked with our own #aussieED starĀ @madgiemgEDU (Maggie). It was Maggie who made sure I was involved in the project and I’m so glad she did.

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!

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