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CultureGrams: Help Us Review Our Reports!

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If you’re familiar with CultureGrams, you know that one of the things that makes our product stand out is the “native perspective” of much of the information in our country, state, and province reports. CultureGrams goes beyond statistics to explore not only the history of a place, but also the culture and day-to-day lives of residents of that location, including topics like dating and marriage rituals, eating habits, life as a kid, and much more.

CultureGrams is able to capture this unique perspective because we work with native reviewers and other country experts to portray what life is really like for people living in the locations covered by our reports.

For instance, did you know that in Sierra Leone, a baby’s umbilical cord is placed under a new tree before it is planted? Or that in Kazakhstan, newlyweds visit local landmarks after the wedding ceremony? This is the type of unique information CultureGrams can provide its customers because of the perspectives native reviewers share with us.

Because we’re continually updating, reviewing, and expanding our country, state, and province reports, we’re always looking for reviewers to help us make sure the reports and other features (like photos and recipes) are up to date with the latest and most accurate information.

If you’re a native or country expert for any of the places below, and are interested helping us review our reports, please visit our website to learn more about the project and qualifications and fill out an application.

Countries

Afghanistan American Samoa Belarus Belgium
Bulgaria Burkina Faso Central African Republic Comoros
Congo (Republic of) Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) El Salvador Faroe Islands
French Polynesia Gabon Greenland Guinea
Guyana Honduras Kiribati Lesotho
Marshall Islands Mauritius Micronesia Montserrat
Mozambique Nauru Nepal New Caledonia
Nigeria Niue Palau Paraguay
Saint Kitts and Nevis São Tomé and Príncipe Seychelles Singapore
Sudan Thailand Timor-Leste (East Timor) Togo
Tuvalu USA U.S. Virgin Islands Vanuatu
Venezuela Vietnam

U.S. States

Alaska Arkansas Idaho Kansas
Kentucky Maryland Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Mexico Oklahoma South Dakota

Canadian Provinces

Northwest Territories Ontario

Updating and Reviewing CultureGrams Reports

CultureGrams Landing Page

CultureGrams Landing Page via ProQuest

CultureGrams editors put forth a lot of effort in making sure that the content in our country, state, and province reports is both accurate and up-to-date. And, unlike some of our competitors, our commitment to providing reliable cultural content doesn’t end once our reports are created initially. We continually update, review, and expand our reports for the benefit of our customers. Our reports change because people and places change. Below is an explanation of some of our most important content revision processes.

  1. Weekly updates–When we say that CultureGrams reports are  “updated” weekly, we mean that our editors follow the news and incorporate any major news events into the history sections of the World reports and the timelines of the Kids, States, and Provinces reports. Where there are changes in the head of state and/or government, those are included as well. As the editors do their weekly updates, they may update other sections of the texts as well, but the focus is on history and government.
  2. Statistical updates–The statistical information in all of our reports is updated by the editors once a year, as new statistics are available.
  3. Major updates–Each report is given a thorough going over  by the editors about once a year to make sure that all of the content is up-to-date. It also includes reviewing the photo galleries and other content. In the Kids, States, and Provinces editions, the major update may also include expanding the most recent history section in a report or adding a new history section, if needed.
  4. Reviews–Reviews usually occur on about a five-year cycle. And they involve getting feedback from native or long-term residents rather than just through the research of our editors. These reviews from insiders help us keep the information in the reports accurate and up-to-date. When revisions are warranted, we make them.
  5. Expansions–For the past several years now, we’ve been working hard to expand the cultural content of our existing World Edition reports by at least 50%. The focus is on the cultural content primarily. The expansion process involves the contributions of a native or long-term resident for each country, who writes new content for us. Then that content is reviewed by another native or long-term resident.

If you have any questions about these processes, please let us know.

CultureGrams—Teaching Activities: A Postcard from Canada

Did you know that CultureGrams offers almost 80 free teaching activities to its subscribers? If you don’t have access to CultureGrams, enjoy this free teaching activity today and sign up for a free trial of the product to access more.

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Map of Canada from Provinces Edition

A Postcard from Canada

Grade Level: K–5

Objective:

Research a Canadian province and create a post card depicting the highlights of the area.

National curriculum standard(s):

National Standards for Social Studies People, Places, and Environments

  • Standard H [Early Grades]: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places, and environments, so that the learner can examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the used of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.
  • Standard G [Early Grades]: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places, and environments, so that the learner can describe how people create places that reflect ideas, personality, culture, and wants and needs as they design homes, playgrounds, classrooms, and the like.

(Developed by the National Council for the Social Studies)

 

Time Requirement Preparation: 15 minutes

In-class: 1 hour Materials

CultureGrams Provinces Edition Instructions

  • Have students choose a Canadian province they would most like to visit. Each student should read their province’s CultureGrams report, making notes about things that are unique to the province and things that attract visitors. They should also pay special attention to the Official Emblems section.
  • On 4×6 index cards, have students design post cards showing some of the highlights and unique traits of the province. Students may also want to incorporate one or more of the provinces’ official emblems, or they may do research to find some unofficial emblems.
  • On the back of the post card, have students write a message as though they were visiting the province and writing home. They should think about what they would want to do while in Canada, what difficulties they might run into, and what differences they would expect to find between their home and the province they are visiting.

Extension Activity:

Have students pretend that they are from the province they researched. If they were visiting the area in which the students live, what kind of post card would they send home? What would they want to be featured on the front? What would they write on the back? Have students design a post card for their area and write a message on the back to their family at home in Canada.

CultureGrams Progress Report

With the year more than half over, we thought it would be a good time to update you on what we’ve been up to for the first seven months of the year. CultureGrams is always a product on the move. We’re adding new content (new Kids Edition reports, photos, slideshows, video, interviews, etc.), reviewing and updating the content that is already there, adding new features, and doing all that we can to make CultureGrams the premier product of its kind in the market. So what have we added for so far this year? Here is a partial list of exciting new additions:

Plus we are just about to release an improved user interface for CultureGrams that is better designed for use on mobile devices, that will offer improved performance and easier navigation, and that will align more effectively with other ProQuest K-12 products. Below is a sneak peek, but more details are forthcoming.

New CultureGrams User Interface

CultureGrams just keeps getting better and better. And there is even more to come in 2015. Stay tuned for the latest details.

Making Sure CultureGrams Reports Are Accurate & Up-to-Date

India Country Report

India Country Report in CultureGrams

CultureGrams editors put forth a lot of effort in making sure that the content in our country, state, and province reports is both accurate and up-to-date. And, unlike some of our competitors, our commitment to providing reliable cultural content doesn’t end once our reports are created initially. We continually update, review, and expand our reports for the benefit of our customers. Below is an explanation of some of our content revision processes.

  1. Weekly updates–When we say that CultureGrams reports are  “updated” weekly, we mean that our editors follow the news and incorporate any major news events into the history sections of the World reports and the timelines of the Kids, States, and Provinces reports. Where there are changes in the head of state and/or government, those are included as well. As the editors do their weekly updates, they may update other sections of the texts as well, but the focus is on history and government.
  2. Statistical updates–The statistical information in all of our reports is updated by the editors once or twice a year, as new stats are available.
  3. Major updates–Each report is given a thorough going over  by the editors once a year to make sure that all of the content is up-to-date. It also includes reviewing the photo galleries and other content. In the Kids, States, and Provinces editions, the major update may also include expanding the most recent history section in a report or adding a new history section, but not always.
  4. Reviews–Reviews usually occur on a five-year cycle. And they involve getting feedback from native or long-term residents rather than just the work of the editors. These reviews from insiders help us know that the information in the reports is accurate and up-to-date. When revisions are warranted, we make them. Because of the expansion process, which include reviews, we’ve been doing reviews on a faster cycle than we normally do. Once the expansions are complete or mostly complete, we’ll revert to the five year cycle.
  5. Expansions–For the past several years now, we’ve been working hard to expand the cultural content of our existing World Edition reports by at least 50%. The expansion process involves the contributions of a native or long-term resident for each country, who writes new content for us. Then that content is reviewed by another native or long-term resident. We are also in the process of expanding the Kids Edition reports by between 40% and 50%. The focus of these latter expansions is primarily on history.

If you have any questions about these processes, please let us know.

CultureGrams–Population Distribution

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Using Census data, Walter Hickey and Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider created this map to show that half of the population of the United States is concentrated in just 146 of more than 3,000 counties. Are you surprised that so much of the population lives in such a small portion of the country? Why do people live where they do? Why are they concentrated in some areas of a state, country, or province rather than others? And it isn’t just the U.S. Why are the populations of Australia or Norway concentrated much more heavily along the coast than in the interior parts of these countries? Why are the majority of places in the world with high population density found in the northern hemisphere?

Population distribution can be affected by a variety of factors, including climate, topography, economic forces, access to natural resources, proximity to major transportation routes, historical events, etc. And sorting out which factors have contributed to a region’s population distribution is a useful exercise. It’s also important to consider the impact population distribution has on the politics, economics, or other aspects of daily life in a particular country or state.

CultureGrams can be a valuable starting point to help you answer these and other questions. CultureGrams likely won’t provide you with all of the answers you need, but you’ll find helpful information about population, topography, natural resources, economic development, major historical events, etc. You also have access to data tables and maps that may prove useful in thinking about why people live where they do. So get started. Look at where the citizens of your country or state live and think about how culture and geography are intertwined.

New CultureGrams Widgets

CultureGrams has new widgets, available here! With separate widgets for World, Kids, States, and Provinces edition, you can now customize your website to give your users quick access to the CultureGrams edition they use the most.

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Simply click on the widget you’re interested in, then copy the code that appears into your site. From the new widget, your users will be able to navigate directly to the World or Kids continent they’re looking for or the States or Provinces navigational maps. Increase use of CultureGrams at your institution through widgets today!

CultureGrams — FAQ: Who Writes CultureGrams?

Who Writes CultureGrams?

Each World Edition report is written by a native or long-term resident of the country in coordination with a CultureGrams editor. Writers are selected for their education, knowledge of a national language, experience with different regions and socioeconomic groups, recent residency in the country, and access to current information. Once an acceptable draft is prepared, independent reviewers (also natives or long-term residents) with similar qualifications but varying backgrounds provide additional perspectives and insights before the new text is submitted to a CultureGrams editor for final editing and publication.

The Kids Edition reports are written by CultureGrams editors, but with extensive input from reviewers. These contributors meet the same qualifications as the World Edition writers. The Provinces Edition reports are also written by CultureGrams editors and reviewed by Canadian historians. The States Edition reports are written by CultureGrams editors and reviewed by state historians.

Find the answers to this and other similar questions on the CultureGrams FAQ page.

–Angie Thompson