Multicultural Education and the Internet
Sandra Orr, West Virginia State University, United States ; Lisa A. Heaton, Marshall University Graduate College, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The Internet has great potential to serve as a multicultural education tool. Using websites educators can take their students for online tours of renowned museums, go on jungle safaris, visit historical sites, and experience various multicultural aspects of the world. Teachers and students can join educational chat rooms, bulletin boards, newsgroups, or email discussion groups to communicate and gain a better perspective of life in regions of the world different from their own. The impetus of this paper will be presented as a case study describing how the Internet was used to introduce students from a rural West Virginia school to students in Uganda, an interaction which ultimately resulted in the adoption of the Ugandan school by the West Virginia community.
Orr, S. & Heaton, L.A. (2005). Multicultural Education and the Internet. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1739-1742). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).