Impacting the Digital Divide on a Global Scale: Case Studies of Mobile Technology Integration in Schools around the World

Savilla I. Banister
Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA

Series: Internet Theory, Technology and Applications, Electronics and Telecommunications Research
BISAC: TEC041000

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This book delineates strategies of mobile technology integration in local schools around the world. The pool of teacher participants consists of 93 teachers from 46 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Latvia, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Senegal and Venezuela. Impacting the Digital Divide shares powerful stories of educators around the world integrating real world technologies to support teaching and learning. Many of these teachers live and work in regions where resources are limited, yet they offer a perspective of innovation and engagement. Inspired by their participation in the US Department of State’s Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program, the teachers and administrators in local schools have implemented strategies using mobile technologies to support active learning environments and teacher professional development.

While barriers of limited Internet availability, lack of electricity, and a paucity of digital devices in schools are certainly present in the TEA educators’ experiences, they have found ways to maximize use and productivity by employing digital mobile devices (most often, cell phones). Access to mobile phones for teachers, school administrators, parents and even students continues to increase in most countries, and the ingenuity and determination of these educators challenges those passionate about meaningful learning to energetically harness these tools for optimal educational experiences. Impacting the Digital Divide provides honest examples of educators around the world bridging technological inequities in order to better prepare students for the digital age.
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Preface

Acknowledgements

Section 1: Introduction

Chapter 1. Examining the Global Digital Divide Issue

Chapter 2. Meet the Program and the Teachers: Connecting via the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

Section 2: Using Mobile Phones and Collaborative Tools in Education

Chapter 3. Interviews with Dara Heng, Vanne Thai (Cambodia) and Khongorzul Tsogtoo (Mongolia)

Section 3: Integrating Tablets in Science Learning and Extending Collaboration and School Supervision with Digital Tools

Chapter 4. Interviews with Lakshmi Venkataraman, Sudha Bakshi, Ashok Reddy Bathi and Samarendra Roy (India)

Section 4: Student Use of Mobile Phones to Learn Conversational English, Crafting Free Online Educational Experience with GAFE (Google Apps For Education) and Building Collaborative Learning Environments

Chapter 5. Interviews with Mery Murillo (Costa Rica), Carlos Azurdia (Guatemala), Martha Johanna Moreno Blanco and Paula Andrea Cerón (Colombia)

Section 5: Student Created Digital Media

Chapter 6. Interviews with Orquidia Flores Muñoz (Venezuela), Noemi Montesino (Argentina) and Charo Jose Dorado (Bolivia)

Section 6: Engaging Digital Devices to Support Educational Equality for Girls and Women and Reaching Students with Social Media

Chapter 7. Interviews with Habiba Mohammed (Nigeria), Rokhaya Diop (Senegal), Hawoye Fassoukoye (Mali) and Maysaa AlShabatat (Jordan)

Section 7: Providing Quality Job Preparation through Digital Tools and Creating a Space for Digital Integration

Chapter 8. Interviews with Monica Rubio (Guatemala), Marbel Moreno Davila (Nicaragua) and Claudia Avila Zeron (Honduras)

Section 8: Distributing Meaningful Teacher Professional Development Utilizing Mobile Technologies

Chapter 9. Interviews with Laxman Sharma and Batuk Lal Tamang (Nepal)

Section 9: Energizing Digital Citizenship and Collaboration

Chapter 10. Interviews with Birgy Lorenz (Estonia) and Liene Zvirbule-Jankova (Latvia)

Section 10: Visions for the Future

Chapter 11. Narrowing the Digital Divide and Strengthening Educational Connections

Index

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

Aurasma, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.aurasma.com/.
BGSU, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.bgsu.edu/.
Cool Tools for Schools, 2017. Retrieved from http://
cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/.
Cricut, 2017. Retrieved from https://home.cricut.com/features.
Gliffy, 2017. Retrieved from http://gliffy.com.
Glogster, 2017. Retrieved from http:// http://edu.glogster.com/.
Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF), 2017. YouTube: Creator Studio and Video Manager. Retrieved from http://www.
gcflearnfree.org/youtube/the-creator-studio-and-video-manager/1/.
IREX/TEA Program. 2017. Retrieved from https://www.irex.org/
project/teaching-excellence-and-achievement-program-tea.
Kahoot, 2017, Retrieved from https://kahoot.it/.
Linoit, 2017. Retrieved from http://en.linoit.com/.NearPod, 2917. Retrieved from https://nearpod.com/.
Padlet, 2017. Retrieved from http://padlet.com.
Popplet, 2017. Retrieved from http://popplet.com.
Prezi, 2017. Retrieved from http://prezi.com.
Quizlet, 2017. Retrieved from https://quizlet.com/.
Remind101, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.remind.com/.
The Open Education Disc, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.
theopendisc.com/education/.
Smart Technologies, 2017. Retrieved from https://education.smarttech.
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SpiderScribe, 2017. Retrieved from http://spiderscribe.net.
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VoiceThread, 2017. Retrieved from https://voicethread.com/.

Chapter 3

Kahoot (see Chapter 2) Tubechop, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.
tubechop.com/.
Voice of America, 2017. Retrieved from http://learningenglish.
voanews.com/.
Wikipedia, 2017. Education in Mongolia. Retrieved from https://en.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolia#Education.
Wolfram Mathematica, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.wolfram.
com/mathematica/.

Chapter 4

Ashok Leyland School, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.thealschool.
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Khan Academy, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.khanacademy.org/.
Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation Elimination of Child Labor Program

, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.mvfindia.in/index.html


Microsoft Innovative Education Programs, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/educators/miee/default.aspx?tab=students.
MindResearch, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.mindresearch.
org/play/.
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Open Education Disc, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.theopendisc.
com/education/.
Prezi, 2017. Retrieved from https://prezi.com/.
Quizlet, 2017. Retrieved from https://quizlet.com/
Socrative, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.socrative.com/.
SOFTNET, 2017. Digital classes through Mana TV in 3, 352 schools. Express News Service. Nov. 17, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2016/nov/17/digital-classes-through-mana-tv-in-3352-schools-1539486.html.
Sway, 2017. Retrieved from https://sway.com/.
Tarsia, 2017. Retrieved from http://formulator-tarsia..software
.informer.com/3.9/.

Chapter 5

App Inventor, 2017. Retrieved from http://appinventor.mit.edu/
explore/index-2.html.
Canvas, 2017. Retrieved from https://canvas.instructure.com/
register_from_website.
Google Classroom, 2017. Retrieved from https://support.google.com/
edu/classroom/answer/6020279?hl=en.
Google Computational Thinking for Educators course, 2017. Retrieved from https://computationalthinkingcourse.withgoogle.com/course?
use_last_location=true.
Hour of Code, 2017. Retrieved from https://code.org/learn.
Human Development Index, 2017. Retrieved from http://hdr.undp.org/
en/content/human-development-index-hdi.
Kahoot, 2017. Retrieved from https://kahoot.it/#/.
Khan Academy, 2017. Learning coding on KA. Retrieved from https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/hour-of-code/hour-of-drawing-code/a/how-we-teach-coding-on-ka.
NearPod, 2017. Retrieved from https://nearpod.com/.
Quizlet, 2017. Retrieved from https://quizlet.com/.
Ribble, M. 2014. Essential Elements of Digital Citizenship. Retrieved from https://www.iste.org/explore/ArticleDetail?articleid=101.
Scratch for Educators, 2017. Retrieved from https://scratch.mit.edu/
educators/.
Socrative, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.socrative.com/.
WhatsApp, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.whatsapp.com/.

Chapter 6

Blogger, 2017. Retrieved from https:// blogger.com. Student examples: http://mycareersocial.blogspot.com/, http:// cloningyn. blogspot. com/, and http://blog delamistad17. blogspot.com/ .Bubbl.us, 2017. Retrieved from http s://bubbl.us/. Student example: https:
//bubbl.us/MjcyMDYwMy81NDg3NDQ0LzQyNW JmYzAyNzg2MDI4MTMy N2Zm M2EwMzAwMDljZ GFj-X and https://bubbl.us/MjcxNDE3OC81NDczNjAwL2M0YzFlOTQ2YTI1NDM5ZjY3MDlhNTllYmJmYmJlMjIz-X.
Buncee, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.edu.buncee.com.
Cacoo, 2017. Retrieved from https://cacoo.com/. Student example: https://cacoo.com/diagrams/TcenzShcEY0uHg41
ChromeBooks for Education, 2017. Retrieved from ttps://edu.google.
com/products/devices/Del.icio.us, 2017. Retrieved from https://del.icio.us/.
Glogster, 2017. Retrieved from http://edu.glogster.com/.ivoxx, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.ivoox.com/. Example series: https://www.ivoox.com/podcast-reallife-english-languages-english_sq_f1165513_1.html.
Jimdo, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.jimdo.com/. Student examples: https://michelle89.jimdo.com and https://cambiosclmtc
osluisbwm.jimdo.com/--1/.
Mega, 2017. Retrieved from https://mega.nz/.
Padlet, 2017. Retrieved from https://padlet.com/. Student examples: https://padlet.com/beverly3/xi7vxrw7zecz and https://padlet.com/
edwardh_guzman/cbqx224illie.
Phon.to, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.phon.to/.
Present.Me, 2017. Retrieved from https://present.me/content/. Student example: https://present.me/view/379519-presentaci-243-n2-4.
Prezi, 2017. Retrieved from https://prezi.com/dashboard/. Student example: https://prezi.com/3vjew08j0tbu/vulnerabilidad-en-ad olescentes-de-12-a-15-anos-sobre-la-red/ and https:// prezi.com/l khhy4agx-8y/proponer-un-manual-de-organizacion-y-funcionamiento-de-las-c/
ScoopIt, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.scoop.it/. Student example: http://www.scoop.it/t/aplicacion-de-los-manuales-en-el-personal-administrativo-by-fredly-gonzalez/p/4018591737/2014/03/29/
adecuacion-del-consejo-comunal-el-despertar-de-la-comunidad-de-la-comuna-socialista-ataroa.
Smore, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.smore.com/. Student example: https://www.smore.com/sykhu.
StoryJumper, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.storyjumper.com/.
TESOL, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.tesol.org/.
Twittbons, 2017. Retrieved from https://twibbon.com/.
Slideshare, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.slideshare.net/. Student example: http://www.slideshare.net/Yoseanny25/el-problema-consejo-comunal-el-cementerio?ref=.
Spreaker, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.spreaker.com/.
Voki, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.voki.com/.
Vont, 2017. Retrived from http://vont.phon.to/.
YouTube, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/. Student example: https://youtu.be/pZ-8rXSHei0.

Chapter 7

AlShabatat, M. 2017. Teacher Created Website. Retrieved from http://maysaaalshabatat.weebly.com/.
AlShabatat, M. 2017. Teacher Created Google Form. Retrieved from https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecQxod-2qcEg
EATOByi8aB3SZ4b2LZ7j_WDYU7xMfj0Ep4pQ/viewform?c=0&w=1.
Center for Girls Education, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.
centreforgirlseducation.org/.
FaceBook Groups, 2017. Retrieved from https://groups.fb.com/.
GoAnimate, 2017. Retrieved from https://goanimate.com/.
Google Forms, 2017. Retrieved from https://gsuite.google.com/
learning-center/products/forms/get-started/.
Jadaa Secondary School FaceBook Group, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/groups/140908826360602/.
Jadaa Secondary School English Club FaceBook Group, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/groups/30096109
9988034/.
Malala Fund, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.malala.org/.
Mason, R., 2016. #BringBackOurGirls Two Years Later: A Nigerian Teacher Speaks. Prezi, 2017. Retrieved from https://prezi.com/.
Nigerian Educational Innovation Summit, 2017. Retrieved from http://tepcentre.com/nedis2016/.
The Huffington Post. April 13 2016. Retrieved from http://www.
huffingtonpost.com/randal-mason/bringbackourgirls-two-yea_1_b_9677428.html.

Chapter 8

Aurasma, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.aurasma.com/.
Elevate, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.elevateapp.com/.
INTECAP, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.intecap.edu.gt/.
Skype, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.skype.com/en/.
Wordle, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.wordle.net/.

Chapter 9

Coursera, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.coursera.org.
NELTA, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.nelta.org.np/.
Sharma, L., 2017. Supporting Competency-Based Teacher Training Reforms to Facilitate ICT-Pedagogy Integration. Retrieved from https://ictcompetenciesforteachers.wikispaces.com/nepal+workshop+3.
SmartTech, 2017. Retrieved from https://education.smarttech.com/.

Chapter 10

Ferrai, A. 2013. DIGCOMP: A Framework for Developing and Understanding Digital Competence in Europe. Retrieved from http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=6359.
Google Classroom, 2017. Retrieved from https://classroom.google.
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ee/zoom/30536/view?page=3&p=separate&view=0,0,2067,2834 .
Programme for International Student Assessment, (2017). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programme_for_International_
Student_Assessment.
Riga Secondary School, 2017. Retrieved from ps://www.facebook.
com/r16vs.lv/.
Smart lessons, 2017. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/view/
nutitund/eng.
Solutions, 2017. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from https://elt.
oup.com/teachers/solutions/?cc=us&selLanguage=en.

This book is written for teachers, school administrators, school policy makers, teacher preparation institutions, and those advocating for social justice and educational equity. The specific examples provided from the various developing countries in the book provide ideas and examples for how teachers might transform their classrooms embracing digital technologies.

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