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2014 ICT4Edu Trends

What is the Future of Educational Technology?

Wayan and Shabnam

Posted on March 11th, 2014

Over the past 4 years, the Educational Technology Debate had great conversations every month on the major issues in ICT4Edu. From the challenges of 1:1 computing, to the promise of Open Educational Resources, and the reality of MOOCs, we’ve been at the forefront of the major trends facing educators and technologists. We are now re-starting […]

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Cultural Heritage

El uso de las TIC en la preservación de las lenguas originarias de Latinoamérica

Betina Lippenholtz and Laura Marés

Posted on August 3rd, 2013

. [original post in Spanish - brief summary in English at the end] El tema de los pueblos originarios y más específicamente, el subtema lenguas, ha sido relegado desde la noche de los tiempos. Varios son los motivos para que esto sucediera, y varios por los que posiblemente no siga sucediendo. Este panorama se viene […]

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Cultural Heritage

MIT-Haiti Initiative Uses Haitian Creole to Make Learning Truly Active, Constructive, and Interactive

Michel DeGraff

Posted on July 26th, 2013

An MIT-Haiti Initiative to modernize and democratize education in Haiti Until today, quality education in Haiti has been available only to very few. This is due to brutal socio-economic impediments, including a well-entrenched language barrier: French, the primary language of instruction, is spoken by a tiny élite (no more than 10% and perhaps as low […]

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Cultural Heritage

Lenguas Indígenas y Educación en México

Javier López Sánchez

Posted on July 23rd, 2013

[original post in Spanish - brief summary in English at the end] 1. Consideraciones sobre la diversidad A pesar de que existen diferencias genéticas dentro de la especie humana, podemos decir que estas variantes son superficiales, por lo que los humanos somos biológicamente iguales y constituimos una sola especie (Skutnabb-Kangas et al., 2003). La diversidad […]

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Cultural Heritage

The Role of Language in Knowledge Society Educational Systems

Susana Finquelievich and Roxana Bassi

Posted on July 15th, 2013

Many developing nations have committed themselves to becoming Knowledge Societies in the near future, approving development plans for horizons extended  10, 15 or 25 years, with a view to  substantially change their economies.  But this implies that most of their citizens will have to be connected to the Internet, and moreover, will have to be […]

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Cultural Heritage

How Can Cultural Heritage and Language Be Preserved via ICT?

Roxana Bassi

Posted on July 8th, 2013

In a world that is becoming increasingly global, we still need to respect the local context. Especially language, which is the most important tool for transmitting culture from one generation to another. The loss of a language, or even just the subtleties of a language, is in fact, the loss of culture. We all know […]

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Public vs Private Schools

Technology in Education is Classist

Shabnam Aggarwal

Posted on May 27th, 2013

A debate between Private School technology and Public School technology is actually a debate between Rich kids technology and Poor kids technology. Is it not? Rich isn’t just about money, its also about the luxury of time and the human capacity to prioritize where to invest money and time to get the greatest return for […]

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Public vs Private Schools

We Should Celebrate Educational Technology in Affordable Private Schools

Kim Campbell and Hila Mehr

Posted on May 9th, 2013

Governments, foundations, and the private sector are all engaged in the task of providing a quality education to the millions of children who are born into poor socio-economic circumstances throughout the world. This is crucial because education is seen as the most certain vehicle for breaking the cycle of poverty. As institutions embrace ways that […]

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Public vs Private Schools

Is Technology a Silver Bullet for Private Schools But Not for Public Schools?

Shabnam Aggarwal

Posted on May 7th, 2013

As we move into the third decade of the technology revolution, our schools worldwide are finally taking heed. Today, we are hard pressed to find a public school where students, teachers, and principals had never heard of the mobile phone. 5 years ago, we could not have made that statement. That being said, most teachers […]

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Massive Open Online Courses

Will MOOC Technology Break the Education Cartel?

Jonathan Nalder

Posted on April 23rd, 2013

Part 1. The obligatory history lesson: It happened to the record industry first. While popular music had long been available on radio, it could be argued that a true music industry as we know it today didn’t arise until the 50‘s and 60‘s when distributable media and players became widely available. To summarize – you […]

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