Lit Review: This is a post in a series focusing on the research studies on videoconferencing.
Morrison, J., & Macquart, D. (2006). World’s youth connect through Global Nomads Group: An interview with GNG’s David Macquart. Innovate, 2(4).
Author: Morrison, J and Macquart, D
Title of article: World’s youth connect through Global Nomads Group: An interview with GNG’s David Macquart
Publication year: 2006
Database source: Innovate
Name of journal: Innovate
My Codes: VCContentProviders
Main Point: This article is an interview between Innovate’s editor and one of Global Nomads Group (GNG)’s founders. The article shares the history of GNG, it’s impact, features some of the programs, and shares the challenges.
Theoretical Framework/References: Not applicable, not a research study. The one reference is used to show that Americans lack in cultural understanding.
Methods, Sample, Variables/Case: Not applicable, not a research study.
Findings: Not applicable, not a research study.
Author/Audience: The audience is the Innovate readership.
The article shows how the vision of a few to meet the needs of students can expand to a respected non-profit organization.
GNG has offered some incredible international programs, but they are often only offered that one year. This makes it hard to “institutionalize” the learning. GNG wishes to offer more programs more consistently, but is hampered by funding issues. Nevertheless, many of our students have benefited from the incredible learning experiences offered by GNG.
“Most of the issues addressed in our programs continue to challenge governments and international institutions….” GNG certainly doesn’t skirt around tough issues. They have the facilitation expertise to deal with tough issues too. I’ve experienced their facilitation skills both in training and with students.
This article provides anecdotal evidence of the power of videoconferencing to bring experiences and interactions to students that would be impossible otherwise.
Earlier this week, I participated in Videoconferencing with GNG Global Nomads Group. I thought the presentation was professional and had a lot verbal interaction among its teachers and other collaborators at various sites in Ohio, Michigan, Texas, and New York. I was thinking of preparation time and how prepare “appropriate questions” and “appropriate answers” when videoconferencing.
I am also concern about the lack of “debate teams” in local high school because this would be excellent tool for building agrument points for both sides when debating each other schools.
I also think an organization such as this would benefit from posting quotes from both conservative and liberal presidents, but other famous quotes from Gandi, Jesus, Budda, Stalin, Karl Marx, and others.
Michael Zellner NCOESC