How to Run Your Own Virtual Exchange
Interested in connecting your students with other classrooms around the world for a virtual exchange? Check out the State Department’s virtual exchange toolkit, as well as the lesson plans and videos for three virtual exchanges featuring the State Department’s cultural property experts engaging students in Washington D.C. and around the world on the topic of Ancient Civilizations in India, Maya, and Mesopotamia. Learn about how to integrate other students’ perspectives from across the globe into your lessons which will boost your students’ cross cultural understanding and prepare them to be citizen diplomats!
Learn to connect your classroom with other classrooms around the world, using technology as a tool to enhance students education and cross-cultural experience with this toolkit from the state department. Participating in a virtual exchange creates opportunities for students to learn from one another, whether meeting for the first time online or sustaining relationships made in person. This toolkit will provide some guidelines and principles to help you designs execute a virtual exchange, as well as some tips for troubleshooting.
Learn about Mesopotamia, the cradle of our civilization where writing, rule of law, the wheel, and how we measure time all had their origins. During this virtual exchange, students from Washington D.C. and Beirut, Lebanon discussed the Epic of Gilgamesh, the development of our modern writing system, and the improtance of preserving monuments with a State Department archeologist.
This virtual exchange was originally recorded Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
Architecture is a language of forms, functions, and symbols that transcends cultures and time periods. During this virtual exchange, classrooms from Washington D.C. and Indore, India participated in a conversation with a State Department architect about shared Hindu and American architectural symbolism, the Ramayana epic, and the common origins and mutual cultural significance of buildings.
This virtual exchange was originally recorded Wednesday, February 19, 2015.
Mayan glyphs are the writing system of the Maya civilization and currently the only Mesoamerican writing system that has been deciphered. During this virtual exchange, classrooms from Washington, D.C. and San Pedro Sula, Honduras engaged in a conversation with a State Department cultural property researcher about the Popol Vuh and why societies record their stories.
This virtual exchange was originally recorded Monday, March 30, 2015.