Including Technology in the Classroom: The Chilean Experience

In 1992, The Chilean ministry of education created the “Enlaces” program. The program’s aim was “constitute a national educational network among all schools and subsidized secondary schools in the country and incorporate new information and communication technologies to education (Enlaces, 1992)”.

During almost 20 years, this program has tried to encourage integrating technology in the classroom. The Chilean government has spent millions of dollar putting computer labs and internet connections in school. Also they have trained teachers in computer literacy. Sounds Familiar?

I think so. Why? Did US do the same? Yes.

But, Ministry of education in Chile has the worst problem that it could exist. It is a copycat. It always brings ideas from other countries. And Enlaces is not the exception. They did exactly the thing that Spanish Ministry of education did. But in the Chilean way, and you know what? They failed.

They failed not because the teachers refused to use computers. Not because the students didn’t learn. They failed because they brought a plan in which Chilean reality was not included. And they failed because they have a 20-year program that the only thing that has made has been to teach teachers to use projectors and PowerPoint. And they feel proud because we have reached a higher technological level in Latin America. But I think the Chilean teachers can and will give more. We just need to redesign this plan. We need to disrupt. We need to do something different.

The more I read Disrupting class, the more I thought and I do think that things in life have a natural development. But it is time to break them up.


How do I start on Twitter? Well, Use hashtags.org

I have had a twitter account since last year. At the beginning I didn't know how to use it. After a couple of hour I decided not to use twitter because I had not found its use. When Dr. Z said "we are going to use twitter", I said to myself: "Oh boy, We'got a problem here". After a few weeks and also, after being added to #theaccused hashtag, (because I haven't tweeted in my class) and after the creation of #UNI_theaccused , I realized that the key is: Hashtag :)
But, wait a second.... Where I find them?? Easy man... http://hashtags.org/.

http://hashtags.org/ is a web page that track hashtags in twitter and give some information about them
powered by Trendistic © Flaptor.

So Let's start Tweeting!


Speech Recognition

After the class, I stayed on -line for a couple of minutes to talk with Professor Zeits about what I could do, because I am not a blogger. I asked If a could make a video and he agreed about it. So today I was trying to record a video and idea showed up in my mind. Speech Reconigtion!!
This tool is included in every Windows 7 and XP (I guess). So I started to play for a couple of minutes with this and you know what? It is amazing! you can control your entire PC with it.You can write, open program and so on... Educational Uses?

There are plenty of it!

Pronunciation and reading skill can be improved using this.

For TESOL, you can practice Imperatives.

Here two links that I found about Speech Recognition

How to Activate Speech Recognition

Accessibility in Windows 7