"To inspire them to realize more and more of their capacities for living meaningful lives. Because there certainly is meaning to life."
-John Coltrane on Uplifting Others

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Final Project: Questions

Our project is to bring awareness of digital literacy's impact on Tibetan exiles in India. I'd like to thank Parker for this posted goals. As part of our project, we will be interviewing Norbu, one of Kristen's contacts there, but he is scared (intimidated, maybe) by the interview. To assuage his fears, we are preparing 10 questions each for Norbu, although with overlap, there will probably only be 25-30 questions.
The issue I am facing with asking these questions is language barrier. From my experience teaching ESL students, it is hard to ask questions. Often times, the problem lies in my wording; my questions have to be as simple as possible. This language barrier only highlights a common thread in Digital Literacy Without Borders; in today's world, the lingua franca is continuously becoming education and digital media. What do I have in common with Norbu? A love for education, and an Internet connection.
On that note, here are some questions going through my head. You can check out the others on our website.
Tell me about the Tibetan culture. What is it?
How have computers and the Internet changed your culture?
How are students educated in your community?
How do they learn with computers?
How do you view Tibet, your native land?
How do you use your computer to talk with fellow Tibetans?

Do you have a question for Norbu? Leave it in the comments, and maybe we will ask him.


  1. How many Tibetans have computers?
    How many of those computers are connected to the internet?

  2. Thanks Mike, I really appreciate your insight into asking questions to a foreign audience. Also, thanks for your input Dalton, it'll be good to get some estimated numbers for a general understanding