Visual Translation

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, it’s worth noting that there are interesting ways to communicate online without translation.

The Global Voices Online site is an interesting introduction to world-wide blogs and individual perspectives. I was particularly interested in its post about Photoblogs in China, and how they can communicate ideas and views without translation (and possibly without censorship).

China Mash is a good example of this type of photoblog, and I admit that my mind begins to wander and tries to feel the everyday lives of the people and places represented in the images (which are posted daily).

For connecting two schools together that don’t share a common language, I wonder what it would be like for a classroom in our school to take on the responsibility of a photoblog that is in sync with a photoblog from Asia. By in sync, I wonder if we could have a different topic each week or month, or a focus on holidays, or a current issue that we focus our images on.

Images, not words, but carefully taken and selected images that elicit responding sets of images selected with similar care from another set of students in a much different culture and place.

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