Cultura is a web-based, intercultural project that connects American students with students in other countries. The goal is to help students gradually to construct a deeper understanding of each other’s cultures by sharing their attitudes, beliefs, and values. Participants first analyze materials from their own culture (by answering questions or remarking on an image or word), make observations, and draw preliminary hypotheses. Then, they exchange views with other students remarking on similar materials from their own cultural perspective. The Cultura site provides educators with information on the Cultura concept, methodology, and technology, as well as related articles. Users can view current and archived Cultura exchanges and set up new exchanges on the site. And, since the intercultural partners communicate in their native languages, students and teachers alike gain access to a rich source of authentic cultural discourse.
Hyperstudio RoleProvided project management, software development, user interface design, and hosting services.
HyperStudio Team: Dave Della Costa, Brett Barros, Karen Verschooren, Stephanie Stewart, Kurt Fendt, Belinda T. Yung