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participating institutions, and significantly,

that “don’t happen in an average year”,

resulted in the first formal commitment to

according to one of the participating UK

teaching Cherokee history outside of the

teachers. The culmination of the project was

Cherokee Nation. Andrew Sikora, the project

the co-creation of a Cherokee-inspired float

coordinator on the US side reflected on

for the Brighton Festival Children’s Parade in

Hove’s Blatchington Mill School’s adoption

May 2013. MA Digital Media students from

of Cherokee history into their year nine

the University of Brighton supported pupils

curriculum using Skype based interactive

from all of the schools in co-creating flags

learning sessions:

which adorned the float.

“It is going to impact, possibly, a part of the

A loosely-coupled network involving many

generation in a way that has never been

stakeholders with small-scale funding for

done in two hundred years, and I think that

artists and events proved successful in

this is also an interesting outcome of this

forging relationships that gave rise to formal

project... out of the art and technology we

knowledge exchange and tacit learning,

have a totally different cultural outcome.”

particularly in the use of new software tools

(Interview, 17/06/2013)

for sharing local and popular culture for the

Whilst many institutional challenges were faced in terms of the slow pace of adopting new technologies due to school policies and procedures, pupils and teachers engaged with each other via Skype and Edmodo both inside and outside of school premises, including creative learning events at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton and at the Sallis Benny Theatre, University of Brighton. In addition, both UK and Cherokee artists and University of Brighton MA students actively collaborated to generate a series of learning experiences

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participating pupils. For the UK teachers too, pupils and teachers gave positive feedback on the use of technologies to connect, collaborate and co-create. One Cherokee teacher described the experience of learning about world war two from UK pupils via Skype as the highlight of her teaching career. Phil Beckwith, Lead Professional for humanities at Blatchington Mill School, gained the confidence and ability to go beyond the text book and connect live to his area of professional passion – Native American History.

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