On awareness and understanding of different cultures

Image: Takobou/Wikimedia Commons The dynamic Keisuke Tabata, of Kobe Shinwa Women’s University, will be talking about our recent Japan-Indonesia-China-Vietnam project at the annual convention of the Japan Association for Educational Media Study in November. The convention is being held at Kagoshima University on the island of Kyushu. Our project involved an online movie read-through withContinue reading “On awareness and understanding of different cultures”

What will happen to our body in space? And other great questions at 6am…

Our second collaboration between Alma College (in the US) and Omi Brotherhood High School (in Japan) came to an end last week with some thought-provoking presentations. We met on Skype – at 6am here in Japan, which was 5pm the previous day in Alma – for an intensive 90 minutes of cross-border discussion. The JapaneseContinue reading “What will happen to our body in space? And other great questions at 6am…”

Across 6,500 miles and 13 time zones – part 2

We’ve just begun our second collaboration between Alma College in Michigan, USA, and Omi Brotherhood High School (OBHS) near Kyoto, Japan. Our 2016 programme involves 24 students, who have been drawn from: Alma’s e-STEM Cooperative Research Experience (CORE), a five-week science summer camp for high-school students OBHS science department OBHS language department. Our picture showsContinue reading “Across 6,500 miles and 13 time zones – part 2”

“Wow, we made it!”

Congratulations to the incredible students at Omi Brotherhood High School in Shiga, Japan, and the Co-Operative Research Experience summer camp currently taking place at Alma College in Michigan, USA. At 6 o’clock Friday morning in Shiga / 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon in Alma, four US-Japanese groups of students came together over Skype and read theContinue reading ““Wow, we made it!””

Cross-border educational initiative launched in Japan. Meanwhile on Saturn…

Giving high-school students the opportunity to experience the fun and the challenge of working in remote, multicultural teams. That’s the objective of an international collaboration between Alma College in Michigan (USA), Omi Brotherhood High School in Shiga (Japan) and SkypeRead. Alma College has won a $5 million grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A.Continue reading “Cross-border educational initiative launched in Japan. Meanwhile on Saturn…”

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”

To infinity and beyond!

I’m going to be presenting a paper on movie read-throughs, neuroELT and cross-border teams at the 6th International Symposium on Digital Technologies in Foreign Language Learning. The symposium will be held at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto on 29th March 2014. The keynote speaker will be James Paul Gee, the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor ofContinue reading “To infinity and beyond!”