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1 Oklahoma’s Silk Road Presented 9/28/07 Columbia University Asia in the Curriculum Conference Jessica Stowell Confucius Institute at The University of Oklahoma

2 Oklahoma Finally 100 years old, but… Finally 100 years old, but… New infrastructureNew infrastructure New technologyNew technology New ideasNew ideas

3 Necessity Vast Spaces Vast Spaces Few Asia Experts Few Asia Experts

4 Oklahoma Silk Road One-net = camels One-net = camels Statewide system of interactive TVStatewide system of interactive TV Teach NCTA seminar to multiple sitesTeach NCTA seminar to multiple sites East Asia curriculum = goods traded on Silk Road East Asia curriculum = goods traded on Silk Road Technology glitches = marauders Technology glitches = marauders Technicians = camel drivers Technicians = camel drivers Far flung teachers = Istanbul, Rome, etc. Far flung teachers = Istanbul, Rome, etc.

5 Four best goods traded on OK Silk Road: East-West Center East-West Center Norman/Tulsa Norman/Tulsa Norman/Comanche Norman/Comanche Aizu to Tulsa Aizu to Tulsa

6 East-West Center Prof. Ned Shultz doing lecture on Korean history for NCTA Prof. Ned Shultz doing lecture on Korean history for NCTA Broadcast from Honolulu in a.m. to OK in p.m. Broadcast from Honolulu in a.m. to OK in p.m. First attempt, Due to marauders, goods were stolen First attempt, Due to marauders, goods were stolen Later videotaped. Later videotaped.

7 Norman ---Tulsa Exchange of lecturers Exchange of lecturers Perennial method of transport of expertise Perennial method of transport of expertise Keep a top notch tech on hand Keep a top notch tech on hand Pay them well if necessaryPay them well if necessary

8 Norman to Comanche Title One school –isolated Title One school –isolated Chinese after school program Chinese after school program Chinese teacher broadcasts from Norman on One-Net Chinese teacher broadcasts from Norman on One-Net

9 Aizu Japan to Tulsa SKYPE Free comm. software SKYPE Free comm. software Logitech webcam Logitech webcam Laptop to Polycom communicator Laptop to Polycom communicator Presto! Japanese teachers talking face to face with OK teachersPresto! Japanese teachers talking face to face with OK teachers

10 Benefits of Digital Resources Same as the original Silk Road Same as the original Silk Road Transfer of goods and services…but much faster Transfer of goods and services…but much faster


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