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Video production as a strategy to foster Intercultural Efficacy in secondary education students

School photo created by kstudio - The following paper shows the result of a research project conducted in one school on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The city where the school is located is surrounded by many indigenous communities that represent an important part of the cultural heritage of the Northen region of Colombia. In the study, 54 students participated in the video-production-based project. In an interdisciplinary effort (involving teachers from different areas like technology, social science, history, geography, and art) the kids did research in different indigenous communities, being able to gather information directly from members of these communities through interviews, field notes, and observations, being able to collect stories that have not been documented and have only been communicated through oral tradition. Music vector created by - The students created a script using the data collected and then produc

Mobile devices for teaching and learning in higher education

Mobile learning can be seen as the application and use mobile technologies like smartphones, laptops or tablets to support learning processes. With the appearance of smartphones and tablets, the possibilities of using these devices in educational practices have raised. There have been many studies that have analyzed and identified how the use of these devices can help in improving students’ experiences of learning during instruction and while studying independently. Technology vector created by freepik - When it comes to using mobiles devices independently (which includes studying after instruction or preparing for classes), scholars (like those included in a systematic literature review by Nguyen et al, 2012 ) have highlighted that most of the students that use mobiles applications, used mobile applications that allowed them to organize their materials and time effectively. Some of these applications were: Calendars —for time management Note taking app

Thinking about integrating Web 2.0 in higher education?

Logo photo created by freepik - The use of technological tools for teaching and learning has proven to be useful and an effective strategy for many educators in different areas of knowledge. The Internet offers a wide array of tools that may serve for multiple purposes, some more specific than others (e.g. create a digital presentation, organize data, edit images, edit/create videos, write and share a text, etc.), and these may not be necessarily focused on education. When the Web 2.0 (“Social Web”) appeared between early and mid-2000’s, the way the world saw Internet changed, allowing users to produce content and share it with anyone in the globe. This new approach opened up new doors for different fields, education included. However, it is really hard to take the principles or philosophy of Web 2.0 and make them fit or work naturally in the education field. One may say that the collaborative approach of Web 2.0 is enough to determine the effe