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Abstract -- Educational Projects Using Networks in Chilean Elementary Schools
D4: Using Networks for Collaborative Learning
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Educational Projects Using Networks in Chilean Elementary Schools
- Laval, Ernesto
- Flores, Laura
Chilean Ministry of Education is developing a pilot project that builds an
experimental school network since 1993. This project has more than 100
elementary schools connected in poor income areas were teachers and
students receive professional support in order to help them use technology
with educational purposes. This paper describes some of the networking
activities developed during 2 years of experience in Chilean schools.
The initial steps in the introduction of technology are taken in the
training of teachers that have never used computer nor computer networks in
their lives. This training process is facilitated by the use of simple
graphical user-interfaces developed specially for Chilean schools. After
the initial training period, teachers are encouraged to develop an
educational project that was designed by the school previous to the
beginning of the experience.
While each school develops its own project, groups of schools begin to work
on new collaborative projects designed by themselves or in conjunction with
a professional multidisciplinary team located in a nearby University.
These network-based projects, have enriched the educational processes in
several schools by means of modifying relations among the schools and
turning the local work towards innovation.
Some of the network projects are:
All the projects tend to enrich contacts among schools and teachers, and
enrich the collaborative attitude in kids through the exchange of
information using computers. But some of the more successful goals of these
projects is that they have shown to help bringing closer the educational
activities to children's life, which is a prioritary need in today's
- "For knowing and telling": Some schools send not-ending stories for other
schools to finish them.
- "Poetic Dictionary": Schools look for poetic metaphors and its meanings.
- "TV as part of my life": Tries to give some orientation about the use of TV
with a critical and selective attitude.
- "Games": Different schools look for and share traditional, current and new games
- "The family all over the world": This project, created in Spain, encourages
kids to talk about the family and tries to facilitate the multicultural
An initial conclusion about the networking activities in Chilean schools
is that they do help student to be active participants of their learning
process. When the kids have products of their work that are useful to
other teachers and students in the country, they receive a strong feedback
that increases their motivation and creativity.