The technology that we use in classrooms, at it’s best, should empower students to share their voices with the world. It should allow people to be both creative and critical thinkers. It should allow us to hear from people and places around the world that we wouldn’t usually hear from. We should hear voices emrging from nations that are largely ignored by “normal” media outlets. It should help us to hear from “regular” people, allowing us the privilege of taking a look into the lives of others.
Three examples of resources you could use in your classroom.
The first is the Instagram account of Global Post. Added to by people around the world, this account gives us an everyday look at many places around the world.
Work in progress on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong
The Seoul Commute
The second place is Al Jazeera’s Viewfinder. A constantly updated set of documentary films made by filmmakers around the world, Viewfinder shows us the lives of regular people around the world. The example below goes one step further as it delves into the world of 16 year old girl in India who is a journalist on her own, sharing her view of her place with people around her.
The final place, and one that I use in my classroom each year is Global Voices. This site compiles the blogs of people from around the world and allows you to search them by subject (photography, environment, human rights, etc) or by country. Global Voices has been invaluable for me and for the students in my classroom.
This is what I want from technology for my students. I want them gain a wider perspective on the world. I want them to look more deeply and critically at emerging issues and I’d like for them to know about the lives of people around the globe.