Multicultural Education and the Internet
Online Resource Guide
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About This Guide
When I began to construct the Multicultural Pavilion, a multi-dimensional Internet project on Multicultural Education, nearly three years ago, I had little idea how many people it would attract and how far around the world it would reach. What started as a modest list of links to other online resources for a small audience of interested educators in central Virginia has grown into a mammoth collection of resources and interactive forums currently attracting more than 200 visitors per day. Most of these are from states other than Virginia, and about 25% are from countries other than the United States.
The Multicultural Pavilion first appeared online in 1995. Since that time I have received four or five emails per day either asking me to direct someone to online information about their topic of interest or pointing me to a possible addition to Multicultural Paths, the Pavilions index of other Internet resources. Unfortunately, many of the sites individuals attempt to pass off as educational turn out to be little more than advertisements for educational products. Many others are simply comprised of a list of links to other sites, leaving someone in search of resources or interactive forums in a virtual wild goose chase.
This guide showcases some of the Internet resources which I often find myself directing resource-seeking educators to. The websites listed here meet three criteria: 1) they are primarily educational, not primarily commercial; 2) they offer original resources, not just a list of links to other sites; and 3) they provide opportunities for interaction, either among visitors or between visitors and site facilitators. I have also listed selected Email discussion forums (or "listservs") on a variety of multicultural issues. Preceding each of these lists is a short instructional piece about finding and using resources from the respective listings.
I kick off the guide with a short piece on "Strategies for Online Networking." This piece offers a few easy approaches for finding information and networking with other educators on the Internet.
This is not meant to be a definitive or complete guide to multicultural resources on the Internet. Instead, these are the websites and Email forums which I have found most useful, informative, and well-designed for myself and other educators who have asked me to point them to online resources. Multicultural Education and the Internet Online Resource Guide is meant to be a convenient starting point, weeding out the repetitious lists of links and commercial sites and pointing you to immediate practical resources and opportunities for interaction. At the same time, it flows directly from my self-reflective conceptualization of Multicultural Education, recognizing an introspective processes and self-development as the vital first steps in my development as an educator. In that spirit, while these resources can enhance the educational experience of my students, they can also contribute to my own development as an educator, intercultural communicator, and collaborator toward a more inclusive, global, critical, multicultural education.
Strategies for Online Networking
Isnt it amazing how much information is available over the Internet? With a bit of practice in ones Internet "surfing" skills, the resources available online give us the equivalent of a bookstore, a news stand, an endless collection of museums and exhibits, and the most massive historical archives we could dream of, right at our virtual fingertips. As educators and others come to this realization, more and more people are getting "wired," and tapping the Internet for these and other resources.
Still, the greatest educational potential of the Internet is grossly underused, ignored, and untapped by educators and other Internet users. What is the feature of the Internet which transcends the capabilities of other educational media? What gives the Internet the potential to be an incredibly powerful medium in the move toward Multicultural Education? Interactivity. Cross-cultural communication. The Internet provides us with opportunities to share our stories, exchange ideas, and put our students in contact with the most valuable resources of all other people. It allows us to step out of our classroom, our community, our county, our state, our country, and our continent and interact with people we would previously have no opportunity to learn from and to teach. Below are some strategies for networking and communicating cross-culturally on the Internet.
Contact Web Designers. Most websites have a link to the maintainer's email address. When you find a site that sparks your interest, write a note to the designer or maintainer of the site thanking her or him for their contribution and describing your interest in the content of the site. If you have a question, comment, or challenge for a site's designer, don't be afraid to send it. The worst case scenario is that youll receive no response. But often, such exchanges can become fruitful for both parties.
Take Advantage of Web-based Interactive Forums. Some websites host discussion forums such as WWWBoard or Hypernews. These forums allow you to post a message on a website which other visitors can read and respond to. Usually, directions for adding your message or responding to a message are available at the site. If you're looking for resources, have a question, or want to start a discussion strand, post a message. Also take the time to respond to others' questions if you can be of some assistance. Some existing Web-based interactive forums on Multicultural Education are listed below:
Multicultural Pavilion: http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/multicultural/pavboard/pavboard.html
Join Email-based Discussion Groups. Thousands of Email-based discussion groups allow you to interact with large groups by distributing posted messages to each member of a particular group or "listserv". If you have a specific interest area, you can usually find at least one related discussion group. Join (or "subscribe to") a few groups, and PARTICIPATE in the discussion. But beware, some groups consist of many hundreds of people. Your mailbox may fill up quickly. (See a list of Email-based Discussion Groups on page 7.)
Once you have "logged on" to the Internet and opened your Internet browser (such as Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer), there are a variety of ways for locating the following websites. The easiest and most reliable way to access a website is to know its URL. A URL is like an address, specifying what server and/or files you are trying to access. A World Wide Web URL generally begins with "http://," indicating that you are looking for a document produced for the hypertext protocol (which allows for the links among pages). To reach a website by this method, simply type the URL into the "Location" bar of your Internet browser (usually located below the toolbar and directly above the browser window where the websites appear).
A second method for accessing these or other websites is to use a Search Engine such as Yahoo! (http://www.yahoo.com) or Excite (http://www.excite.com). Search Engines allow you to locate a website (or multiple websites) by searching for the name of the site or a keyword related to the topic youre researching. To reach a website by this method, try using one of the aforementioned Search Engines by typing your request into its Search bar. A list of related links should appear. Be sure to make your search as specific as possible or you may get a return of millions of links.
A third method for accessing websites is what is referred to as "surfing." With this method, you find a website that interests you, and follow links from that site to other sites, and from those sites to other sites, and so on until you become lost in Cyberspace or happen upon more resources. I suggest keeping an eye on the time if you select this method. Its very easy to get lost in the World Wide Web and have difficulty finding your way back out.
For more tips on navigating and searching the World Wide Web, visit the Multicultural Pavilions online tutorial, WWWTutor:
The following sites are provided, with short descriptions, in alphabetical order. For questions regarding individual sites listed here, please contact the sites maintainer directly. To suggest additions for future versions of this guide, Email me, Paul Gorski, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The goal of ABLE.NET is to foster a dynamic exchange of ideas and lifelong learning opportunities. Here you will find a rich source of information covering a wide range of ability and disability management system components. Simple access supports our goal of providing networking among interested students, people with disabilities, and seasoned professionals."
African American Holocaust http://www.tnp.com/holocaust/index.html
An extremely powerful and graphic multimedia presentation by Milford F. Plaines about early 20th Century violence against African-Americans. Combines music, photographs, poetry and prose.
The Blackstripe http://qrd.tcp.com/qrd/www/culture/black/
The Black Stripe is a cooperative effort of Same Gender Loving folks of African Descent. Resources include articles, a book list, a chat area, a film list, and a list of notable LGBT folks of African descent.
Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc. http://www.euroamerican.org
The Center "supports cultural exploration and self-discovery among white Americans. It encourages a dialogue among all racial and cultural groups concerning the role of white American culture in the larger American society." Site includes book list, an editorial page, and links to related sites.
The Cradleboard Teaching Project http://www.cradleboard.org
A live, interactive and unique project, Cradleboard utilizes distance learning concepts and the latest technology to reach both native and non-native children in hopes of replacing old inaccuracies of Indian stereotypes, and teaching positive realities. Includes links to many specific tribal websites.
Cyberkids Connections http://www.cyberkids.com/Interactive/Interactive.html
"Cyberkids Connection is a virtual place for kids to share their thoughts and ideas with each other. Cyberkids readers from all over the world are forming a global community which we hope will improve communication and understanding among all the world's kids."
Deaf Cyberkids http://dww.deafworldweb.org/kids/
Part of the Deaf World Web, this site is designed specifically for deaf children. A lot can be found there, including a Kids Talk Group, a pen pal finder, and sections on Kids Arts, Literature for Kids, and Internet for Kids.
Diversity Web http://www.inform.umd.edu/diversityweb/
"DiversityWeb links Colleges and Universities that are working to engage the diversity of United States society in educational mission, campus climate, curriculum focus and connections with the larger society." Resources include interactive work rooms, a news room for diversity-related current events, and an online quarterly journal, Diversity Digest.
Encyclopedia of Womens History http://www.teleport.com/~megaines/women.html
"This project began as a classroom assignment to write research papers on figures in Womens History in March of 1995. Believing in the value of the World Wide Web for elementary students, we decided to distribute the assignment over the Internet to other K12 students. This was the birth of our Web encyclopedia " K12 students can submit their work, and have it published here online!
Excerpts from Slave Narratives http://vi.uh.edu/pages/mintz/primary.htm
Full text excerpts from the narratives of slaves, including personal accounts of capture and enslavement, the slave trade, treatment of slaves, and slave auctions.
Eyewitness: A North Korean Remembers http://www.kimsoft.com/korea/eyewit.htm
This is the online autobiography of Kim Young Sik. North Korean participant in the Korean War. Read his stories, and email him questions and comments.
The Human Languages Page http://www.june29.com/HLP/
"The Human Languages Page is a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources Whether youre looking for online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, or just a little information on a language youve heard about, the HLP probably has something to suit your needs."
Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections http://www.iecc.org
"The IECC (Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections) mailing lists are provided by St. Olaf College as a free service to help teachers and classes link with partners in other countries and cultures for e-mail classroom pen-pal and project exchanges."
Interracial Interactions http://www.georgetown.edu/tamlit/collab_bib/interracial_bib.html
This site provides a bibliography which has been compiled through an online collaboration of educators as part of the American Studies Program at Georgetown University. Not only does this provide an excellent example of inclusive practice, but each of the bibliographical entries is linked to a discussion thread containing the contributing teachers original comments about the literary work.
An educational, interactive website for kids, with plenty to keep them busy learning. Kids can "go around the world" and learn about different cultures, share their experiences and stories through different interactive forums, or play games (mostly educational) online.
"LatinoWeb's mission is to empower the Latino community by providing a gateway on the Internet where private, non-profit and public sectors can exchange information freely."
LD Online http://www.ldonline.org/index.html
"The interactive guide to learning diabilities for parents, teachers, and children." Houses online articles, a KidZone, bulletin boards for online exchanges, and a myriad of information regarding learning disabilities.
Multicultural Math http://www.clarityconnect.com/webpages/terri/multicultural.html
Includes multicultural math goals, links to multicultural math sites, and other related information.
Multicultural Pavilion http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/multicultural
The Pavilions mission is to "provide resources for educators to explore and discuss multicultural education; to facilitate opportunities for educators to work toward self-awareness and development; and to provide forums for educators to interact and collaborate toward a transformative approach to multicultural education." Resources include a Discussion Board, archives of online papers and essays, a Teachers Corner, research and inquiry links, a tutorial for finding resources online, a categorized index of links.
National Assn for Multicultural Education http://www.inform.umd.edu/NAME/index/table.html
NAMEs official site, offering a short list of links, chat rooms, and information on the organizations national office and publication.
New Mobilitys Interactive Café http://www.newmobility.com/
Getting over a million visitors per month, Interactive Cafe is "the largest community on the web for disability news, resources and culture." It includes an online magazine, a message board, chat rooms, links, a jobline and a bookstore.
Outproud, the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth, offers a number of resources for youth and educators, including an interactive forum, a community role models archive, an educational resource library, and links to related sites.
Social Class Home Page http://www.spc.uchicago.edu/SocialClass/
Offers a list of links and resources, an online articles archive, and an editorial board regarding social class.
The Universal Black Pages http://www.ubp.com/
"The main purpose of the UBP is to have a complete and comprehensive listing of African diaspora related Web pages at a central site." This site seems to accomplish this goal, allowing users to browse from an index of topics.
Vandergrifts Childrens Literature Page http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/special/kay/childlit.html
"An acquaintance with and an understanding of literary characters is one of the first ways a young child has of making sense of what it is to be human." Kay Vandergrift offers a myriad of wonderful resources pertaining to childrens literature including lists of books with positive portrayals of women, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans.
Voices of Women - Journal and Resource Guide http://www.voiceofwomen.com/
"In these pages, women are telling their stories, discussing real issues, and sharing hard-won wisdom. We offer Articles on a wide variety of topics, a Calendar of Events, Bridges to other destinations on the Web, a Directory of Woman-friendly Businesses and a Marketplace as tools to empower you on your journey."
Wisdom Keepers http://www.wisdomkeepers.org/
Website devoted to preserving and communicating the traditions, values, and skills of native peoples around the world through developing and promoting the traditions and values of individual native cultures through educational modules and programs for girls and boys ages 6-18.
Womens Journals http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/2643/
An interactive website celebrating and collecting the journals of women. Participate in the periodic exercises and share your journal writing with other women online.
WWW Virtual Library: Latin American Studies http://lanic.utexas.edu/las.html
Perhaps the most complete directory of Latin American
Resources on the Web.
You Dont Look Japanese... http://www.lclark.edu/~absher/biracial.html
An individual website where the goal is "to be as inclusive as possible with regards to biracial/interracial issues." Beautifully designed page with annotated links grouped under the categories of humor, news, arts, discussion groups, personal webpages, research and more.
YOUTH! Be Yourself http://www.youth-guard.org/youth/
"The premise for the YOUTH lists is to establish an outlet for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth ages 25 and under to talk with each other concerning such issues as coming out, schools, parents, friends, relationships, and other gay-related and non-gay-related youth issues."
Email discussion forums allow groups of people to arrange conversations on a given topic via electronic mail. If you subscribe to a discussion group, known also as a "listservs" or "mailing list" depending on the type of server on which they reside, you can post one message which is then distributed to other subscribers of the group. Likewise, when other subscribers post messages, you will automatically receive them in your Email mailbox. Anybody with an Email account may join discussion groups, allowing for large, diverse, worldwide participation for many existing groups.
It is fairly simple and absolutely free to subscribe to most Email discussion forums. The subscription process normally involves sending a short message to the forum distributors address with a simple command including your name and the name of the forum you are interested in joining.
subscribe forum_name first_name last_name
For example, to subscribe to MCPavilion, the Multicultural Pavilions Email forum, I would send a message to email@example.com (the University of Virginias Email forum distributor) with the following command in the body of the message:
subscribe mcpavilion Paul Gorski
Within 24 hours of sending this request, I should receive a message from the discussion group's administrator or facilitator with instructions for posting messages, unsubscribing, and using other commands, if available.
One drawback of Email forums is that those with the largest number of participants may flood your Email account. It may take a bit of subscribing and unsubscribing to find forums which you enjoy and which are manageable.
Name Subscription Address Topic
AAWOMLIT firstname.lastname@example.org African American Womens Literature.
AEDNET email@example.com Adult education.
ADA-LAW firstname.lastname@example.org American Disabilities Act.
AFROAM-L email@example.com African American issues in higher ed.
ALSAME firstname.lastname@example.org Advocates for Latino students.
ALTLEARN email@example.com Alternative approaches to learning.
ANAHITA firstname.lastname@example.org Women and gender in the Ancient World.
ASA-L email@example.com African American interests.
ASAT-EVA firstname.lastname@example.org Distance learning discussion.
BGEDU-L email@example.com Educator's forum on reform.
BILINGUE-L listserv@Reynolds.k12.or.us Developmental bilingual education.
BISEXU-L listserv@BROWNVM.brown.edu Bisexuality.
BLIND-L firstname.lastname@example.org Computer use for the visually impaired.
CHATBACK email@example.com Special education.
CSHCN-L firstname.lastname@example.org Children with special health needs.
CREWRT-L email@example.com Creative writing in education.
CULTUR-L firstname.lastname@example.org Cultural differences in curriculum.
DISAB-CON email@example.com Disability Concerns Network of NASPA.
DISTED firstname.lastname@example.org Distance education.
DIVERSE email@example.com Democracy, Diversity, & Liberal Learning.
EDISTA firstname.lastname@example.org Educacion a distancia (in Spanish).
EQUILIBR email@example.com Diversity in libraries.
FEM-BIBLIO FEM-BIBLIO@listserv.aol.com Books about women and spirituality.
FEMREL-L FEM-BIBLIO@listserv.aol.com Women, religion and fem. theology.
FLAC-L listserv@BROWNVM.BITNET Foreign language across the curriculum.
GAYNET majordomo@QueerNet.org GLB news and discussion.
GENDER firstname.lastname@example.org Gender and biological sex.
GENED email@example.com Gender and education.
GLBL-HS firstname.lastname@example.org World culture.
HEDDVSTY email@example.com Diversity issues at universities and colleges.
INCLASS firstname.lastname@example.org Using the Internet in the classroom.
INSEA-L email@example.com Education through art.
KIDSPHERE firstname.lastname@example.org International KIDLINK discussion.
L-HCAP email@example.com Handicapped issues in education.
MCPAVILION firstname.lastname@example.org Multicultural issues and education.
MEDCC-L email@example.com Media, culture, and curriculum.
MEMORIES firstname.lastname@example.org Allows kids to talk with WWII survivors.
MIDDLE-L email@example.com Discussion of middle school-aged children.
MULTC-ED firstname.lastname@example.org Multicultural education.
MULTI-L email@example.com Multi-lingual education.
MY-VIEW firstname.lastname@example.org A global creative writing exchange for kids.
NAT-EDU. K12 email@example.com Education and Indigenous Peoples.
NCPRSE-L firstname.lastname@example.org Science education reform.
NEWEDU-L email@example.com New patterns in education list.
NOVAE firstname.lastname@example.org Teachers and networking list.
PHILOSED email@example.com Philosophy of education discussion.
MIC-PENGUIN firstname.lastname@example.org International discussion for students.
SLART-L email@example.com Second language acquisition teaching.
SOCIAL-CLASS firstname.lastname@example.org Social class in contemporary societies.
TAG-L email@example.com Talented and gifted education discussion.
TEACHEFT firstname.lastname@example.org Teaching effectiveness discussion.
TESLK-12 listserv@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU English as a Second Language in K-12.
WWWEDU email@example.com The World Wide Web in Education.
NOTE: One drawback of the Internet is that the information and resources are not static. That is, they change constantly. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if any of the listed groups are no longer active. For more information on email discussion groups see: