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Culture Bumps™ in Global Classrooms is a unique app that compares ten common behaviors in university classrooms around the globe. These include day to day situations such as coming to class late, working in groups, using electronics in class and showing respect to the professor.This intercultural listing of both similarities and differences (culture bumps™) in classrooms in 
 
  • The USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Cote d Ivoire, Angola, England, France, Italy, Russia, Nigeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Korea, Turkey and Vietnam

provides valuable information for students and teachers about one another. Users can compare specific behaviors in their home country with any other country in the world or compare categories of behaviors among multiple countries. Links in the app give suggestions for multiple uses including 

 
        (1) as an icebreaker with people from any country in the world or
        (2) for community building in classrooms. 
 
In short, it can be used to create a conscious common classroom culture, build community, or simply start conversations with anyone from another country.  
 

1 Response Comment

  • paigetablesJune 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    The information in this app is awesome! It’s guaranteed to jumpstart meaningful, interesting conversations in your classroom. After attending a demonstration by Dr. Archer about this app, we grouped students into multi-cultural groups during our first week of class for the term. We asked them some of the same questions presented on the app (e.g. how do you show respect to the teacher, what should you do with your cell phones in class, what do you do when you are late to class, etc.) and asked them to discuss with their small group what they would do at home in their country. Then we discussed as a large group what each country that was represented in the room preferred and contrasted that with what American teachers expect. We asked questions based on information gathered on the app (according to this page, many students in your country say they do this. Do you agree?) which prompted even more discussion about regional differences and personal preferences. Every student got actively involved and felt respected for their opinion. At the same time, it was a great context to review our expectations for the class (what to do with cell phones, how to respectfully come into class late, etc.). I really think that the students paid more attention to our instructions for these things (cell phones, coming to class, etc.) in the context of this discussion than they would have otherwise. I look forward to when we can have another class lesson related to the information Dr. Archer has provided here!

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