Participating in a number of global ISTE PLN sessions and meetings has made me even more aware of the nature of appropriate communication when connecting with the world. Discussions took place around the timing of certain events and the words ‘in the fall’ were used. Julie Lindsay reminded us that we were not to refer to seasons but rather use months.
Appropriate etiquette that needs to be considered includes:
- seasons eg as countries experience different seasons wet/dry; summer/autumn/winter/spring, some use different names eg fall/autumn and are hemisphere dependent.
- certain festival times of years eg Christmas (as many celebrate different festivals. Russian and Greek orthodox celebrate it at different times, other cultures/religions do not celebrate it at all), New Year (which one? – English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Nepal as these all celebrate different times for New Year and will have different calendar months)
- Time clock – use a global time reference eg gmt +10 or utc +10 and not a local or national time for global connections
- Acronyms – should not be used or if they are need to be explained in full as only local citizens will know what they mean.
- If there is no common language, then other forms of communication should be considered eg miming, music, images, sounds, lots of body language, translator etc
What have I forgotten? What would you add in here?