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


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

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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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



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


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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