Video phone for cultural exchange

At the recent DIY conference held at the University of Toronto, I spoke with a music scholar who is adopting Skype to teach traditional Japanese flute playing to students around the world. Not just a venue for jamming across distance, this technology provides for the sharing of traditional cultural practices and knowledge exchange.

In terms of language differences, I found a site that offers software to translate text messages and voice messages. Might be a useful tool but are we too enamored of English to give it a try?

Clownfish: Software to translate text and voice messages

 

 

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About Debbie James

James is Associate Professor Media Studies at Governors State University. Her current project focuses on examining the cultural life of the Great Florida Reef. View all posts by Debbie James

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