Online Communities, World-Minded Students
Friday, March 11 1:50 PM-2:10 PM Location: McGavock's C
Abstract: This paper demonstrates ways teacher moderated social networking sites can facilitate the reduction of student stereotypes, raise cultural awareness, and improve geographical literacy. The author models blogging activities that use cultural consultants from Suriname, Denmark, and Morocco to demonstrate how students can reduce stereotypes and raise cultural awareness, as well as communicate issues directly related to the content area. Additionally, the paper provides tips for constructing teacher friendly blogs, provides examples for classroom teachers on ways to draw from their personal experiences in order to develop their own classroom cultural consultants, conduct rigorous academic discussion on global issues, and justify the decision to implement the lesson.