Helping STEM students thrive in a multipolar world

The latest issue of “Education in Science” features a one-page article about our latest SkypeRead project – an exciting collaboration between Alma College in Michigan, USA, and Omi Brotherhood High School in Shiga, Japan. Download PDF Helping STEM students thrive in a multipolar world A project called SkypeRead is taking an unusual approach to improvingContinue reading “Helping STEM students thrive in a multipolar world”

EFL Magazine: The magazine for English language teachers

This week saw the launch of EFL Magazine, founded by Philip Pound, and edited by Sean Newton.  “The aims of EFL Magazine are simple yet ambitious,” says Philip. “To be the world’s number one magazine for English language teachers, to improve teachers’ lives by supplying the best content and access to the best people toContinue reading “EFL Magazine: The magazine for English language teachers”

“Developing Language and Cross-Cultural Communication Skills via Movie Read-Throughs and MMORPGs”

“Our principal goals in this project were to (a) inspire students to have fun with English, (b) enable students to communicate and connect with people from other cultures, and (c) improve students’ English abilities and develop a range of other ’21st-century skills’ (skills that are generally regarded as being important in the information age).” ATEMContinue reading ““Developing Language and Cross-Cultural Communication Skills via Movie Read-Throughs and MMORPGs””

Fostering critical and creative thinking

R.E.A.D.I.N.G. is a new book from Seibido. I contributed three chapters: Charles Darwin: Time Traveller The Obsessive Doctor [Sigmund Freud] Karl Marx: Revolutionary There’s also a brilliant piece by my University of Shiga Prefecture colleague Walter Klinger – “The Roman Empire: The Social Meaning of the Gladiators”. As the editor Gayle K. Sato explains inContinue reading “Fostering critical and creative thinking”

What can cross-border business teams learn from the movie industry?

From Business Review Europe & Middle East Graham Jones, SkypeRead – Leadership How many business sectors can compete with the movie industry in terms of making products that have worldwide appeal? In part, this is because film companies have become rather good at seeing things from a global perspective. “Big Hollywood films have no nationalContinue reading “What can cross-border business teams learn from the movie industry?”

Realising in fact what has been dreamed in fiction…

Image: NASA/SDO/AIA/GSFC “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life,” wrote the Irish author Oscar Wilde. “Life holds the mirror up to Art, and either reproduces some strange type imagined by painter or sculptor, or realises in fact what has been dreamed in fiction.” This was certainly true when we did part 1 ofContinue reading “Realising in fact what has been dreamed in fiction…”

The most thrilling and realistic depiction of deep-space travel since “2001”?

We are enormously grateful to the BRILLIANT team at Start Motion Pictures, who have VERY generously given us the script for “Europa Report” to use in a special SkypeRead project for scientists and engineers. “Europa Report” is the story of a manned mission to search for life on Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter. Space.comContinue reading “The most thrilling and realistic depiction of deep-space travel since “2001”?”

Cross-border business teams and the entertainment arena

The following article is from Business Review Europe (January 28, 2014). SkypeRead can facilitate team building across thousands of miles by getting groups of international colleagues together for read-throughs of movie scripts More and more companies are abandoning traditional organisational structures and creating cross-border teams of people who live and work thousands of miles apart.Continue reading “Cross-border business teams and the entertainment arena”