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El Silencio: A Rural Community of Learners and Media Creators

New Directions for Youth Development Volume 128, ISSN 1533-8916


A one-to-one learning environment, where each participating student and the teacher use a laptop computer, provides an invaluable opportunity for rethinking learning and studying the ways in which children can program computers and learn to think about their own thinking styles and become epistemologists. This article presents a study done in a rural school in Costa Rica in which students used computers to create media. Three important components of the work are described: (1) student-owned technology that can accompany students as they interact at home and in the broader community, (2) activities that are designed with sufficient scope to encourage the appropriation of powerful ideas, and (3) teacher engagement in activity design with simultaneous support from a knowledge network of local and international colleagues and mentors. (Contains 2 figures and 9 notes.)


Urrea, C. (2010). El Silencio: A Rural Community of Learners and Media Creators. New Directions for Youth Development, 128, 115-124. Retrieved January 21, 2022 from .

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