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”

“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””

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…”

A brief history of cross-border scientific teamwork

This is a 3-minute version of a 1-hour presentation I did at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference earlier this month (University of Reading, UK). The brilliant Galileo was the father of modern science. But he wasn’t exactly the father of cross-border scientific teamwork. He refused to lend a telescope to Johannes Kepler, theContinue reading “A brief history of cross-border scientific teamwork”

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?”

Copernicus 2.0: native-speakers are no longer the centre of the English-speaking universe

This weekend I presented the results of our first “Europa Report” read-through at the Association for Teaching English through Movies (ATEM) Nishi-Nihon Conference, which was held at Hyogo University of Teacher Education here in Japan. Here are some highlights. Images: Start Motion Pictures; Magnet Releasing; NASA; JPL; Jan Matejko; Stockfresh; morgueFile The Greek philosopher andContinue reading “Copernicus 2.0: native-speakers are no longer the centre of the English-speaking universe”

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…”

“Collaborate! Communicate! Improving cross-border communication and teamworking within STEM”

I’m going to be presenting the above paper on International Day (“Science Education without Frontiers”) at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference 2015 (University of Reading, UK, 7-10 January). Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls I’ll be talking about the results of our SkypeRead:Europa project. With the support of Start Motion Pictures, we’re bringing together STEMContinue reading ““Collaborate! Communicate! Improving cross-border communication and teamworking within STEM””