Share Paper: Supporting Cultural Connections, Collections, and Reflections through Technology in Short-Term Study Abroad

  1. Kevin Oliver, North Carolina State University, United States
  2. Angela Wiseman, North Carolina State University, United States
  3. Michael Cook, Auburn University, United States
Thursday, June 28 2:15-2:45 PM Jordaan 2

Abstract: A short-term study abroad program funded by a local foundation provides teachers with a professional development opportunity in an international context. The goal of the grant is to train teachers in technology-enhanced strategies that can better introduce their classrooms to diverse cultures and cultural perspectives. Teachers practice these strategies themselves in the context of a short-term study abroad program, before ideally applying some of the strategies with students in their own classrooms. In this paper, we describe projects in each area of the program--cultural connections, collections, and reflections. Then, we discuss how the program and embedded projects have improved technology ...