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™) between USA classrooms and those in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Cote d Ivoire, Angola, England, France, Italy, Spain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Korea, Turkey and Vietnam provides valuable information for students and teachers about one another.While the app is useful for individuals, it can also be used for classroom activities which are described in two tutorials linked to the app. It can be used to create a conscious common classroom culture, build community, or simply start conversations with anyone from another country.  For those who want more information about Culture Bumps™ and intercultural communication, a link to “Living with Strangers in the USA” is also available on the app.


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  • 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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