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ELPapers-EN-Volume-19 - N 19 April 2010 eLearning Papers...

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Nº 19 ▪ April 2010 eLearning Papers Editorial: Technology Enhanced Learning Against Social Exclusion Fred Dervin & Christine Develotte Empowering Language Minorities through Technology: Which Way to Go? Dr. Melinda Dooly From cheating to teaching: a path for conversion of illegal gambling machines Juarez Bento da Silva, Gustavo Ribeiro Alves, João Bosco da Mota Alves Digital technologies and inclusive schooling Ana Isabel Ruiz López How new technologies can help with „invisible disabilities‟ Giovanni Torrisii & Sonia Piangerelli Using ICT and electronic music to reduce school drop out in Europe Franco Alvaro eLearning Papers eLearning Papers is a digital publication on eLearning by elearningeuropa.info, a portal created by the European Commission to promote the use of ICT in education and training. Edited by: P.A.U. Education, S.L. E-mail: [email protected] ISSN 1887-1542 The texts published in this journal, unless otherwise indicated, are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial- NoDerivativeWorks 3.0 Unported licence. They may be copied, distributed and broadcast provided that the author and the e-journal that publishes them, eLearning Papers, are cited. Commercial use and derivative works are not permitted. The full licence can be consulted on http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
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eLearning Papers • www.elearningpapers.eu • ISSN 1887 -1542 2 Nº 19 • April 2010 • EN Editorial: Technology Enhanced Learning Against Social Exclusion We are increasingly migrating into cyberspace. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are part of our everyday life and permeate many activities, such as working environments, daily communications and relationships, handling of administrative affairs, etc. They have become a basic priority and a key driver in politics, economics and -more significantly for this issue- education. However, it is necessary to promote further digital equity in order to enhance social inclusion in/through this migrating process. Today many agree that most conceptions of digital inequity or the so-called digital divide need to be reassessed, as the sole provision of hardware, software and Internet access is not a guarantee of eInclusion and enhanced social inclusion. In fact, we need to make sure that they are effectively integrated into communities, institutions and societies, and used by citizens in order to engage in meaningful social practices (Warschauer, 2003 1 ). The year 2010 has been declared the European Year against Poverty and Social Exclusion. This issue of eLearning Papers aims to contribute to the debate by presenting some advantages and opportunities afforded by Technology Enhanced Learning for social inclusion. The authors of the papers explain how to build more inclusive ICT through innovative ideas.
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