“Internet technologies as a tool in indigenous education: The case of the Wichi People in "The Impenetrable" area in Argentina”

Publication TypeConference Paper
Año de publicación2016
AuthorsOvide, E, García-Peñalvo, FJ
Nombre de la ConferenciaFourth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality
Fecha de publicación11/2016
Conference LocationNY, USA
ISBN 978-1-4503-4747-1
Keywordscollaborative learning, decolonization, e-Learning, endangered languages, indigenous peoples

In this paper, we present some results on the implementation of Intercultural Bilingual Education in the province of Chaco (Argentina) after 25 years from its beginnings. The data provided here show that this education modality does not fulfil the expectactions promised by the government.

We will also introduce a language learning project, currently ongoing, that involves collaboration between members of the Wichi people in an area known as “The Impenetrable” and the researcher. This collaborative work involves teaching and learning languages, working on the Wichi language together and the creation of a mobile app to learn the basics of the language. Especially relevant in this linguistic and pedagogical work is the fact that this collaboration is being carried out via the Internet, using digital applications with small bandwidth consumption that allow synchronous communication over mobile phones.

Refereed DesignationRefereed