Developing, Disseminating and Showcasing Multicultural and Multilingual Silk Road Projects through Innovative Global Multimedia Technologies
The role of Silk Road for the Turkic nations needs to be disseminated not only for the Turkic people but also for the world community. With the help of new media and technologies, we develop a multicultural, multilingual Silk Road project using social interaction media by collecting, organizing and introducing the Silk Road projects as part of the world culture, history and literature.
This paper is for educators who would like to integrate global education, 21st Century teaching skills (http://www.p21.org/) and new media into their curriculum. It outlines innovative Silk Road projects using social interaction media; offers creative strategies and possibilities for producing media in education for disseminating knowledge and awareness and developing Web 2.0 projects integrating the topic of Silk Road; explores possibilities for collaborating with experts in the field of Silk Road and showcases multilingual and multicultural multimedia projects, historical facts, and cultural information about Silk Road and digital stories from Central Asia.
An outcome of this presentation will be an online platform (i.e. curriki, ning, wikipedia, voicethread) for conference participants to contribute, communicate and collaborate on this topic. The presentation slides and the online course outline will be posted on our social networking page (for the future collaboration among the conference participants.
In conclusion, the main goal of this presentation is to draw on the natural links between the role of Silk Road on innovation, trade, economy in Central Asia and the history, culture and religion of people on the Silk Road. The paper explores the wide range of meanings associated with the significance of trade on the Silk Road and in the life of Central Asian people across cultures throughout history; the impact of Silk Road in developing new technologies and resources; and how the people gained alternative points of view on their culture, history, religion and renewed interest and commitment to their communities. We will explore how the study of Silk Road in the context of global education combines knowledge, reflection, and action; promotes global competencies; and prepares new generation to be responsible members of a multicultural, global society.
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