Introducing technology into learning designs for indigenous contexts

Sdenka Zobeida Salas-Pilco

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Technology is more pervasive, and it has reached indigenous communities. This paper presents a qualitative study and reflects on three learning designs that integrate information and communication technologies (ICT) in the context of an indigenous school in Peru. This paper demonstrates that indigenous people, rather than being mere users of technology, could create and design technology to their own benefit by integrating their own worldviews, ancestral knowledge, and ways of learning. It is shown that new approaches are necessary to implement learning designs that are open, flexible, and have partnership with community elders, where technology plays several key roles as a tool, as a process, as a type of knowledge and as a set of values.



Keywords:  technology, learning designs, indigenous knowledge, information and communication technologies (ICT), informal learning environments


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