Yolanda Ramos, director of Professional Development Services
at ISTE, discusses the first Latin American Educational
Technology Showcase at ISTE 2012 in San Diego.
During my 10 years working in the ;eld of bilingual and multicultural education, I
have embraced the use of technology in learning and teaching to promote equity. No other tool has such
potential to provide equal learning
opportunities to socioeconomically
disadvantaged minorities and English language learners.
Today, educators around the globe
must be able to teach large groups
of students with di;erent academic
backgrounds, language pro;ciency
levels, and socioeconomic statuses.
Fortunately, they have access to learning technologies to introduce their
students to the world via global collaborations. ;ey use innovation and
exploration as a grounds for learning
and teaching in the digital age.
For me, embracing diversity has a
technological angle. I am fascinated
by technology’s ability to provide
opportunities to learn, aspire, give,
share, help, mentor, connect, lead,
participate, innovate, and celebrate
the achievements and potential of
our students worldwide.
Before joining the ISTE team in
2011, I dedicated 14 years of my life
to the ;eld of learning technologies
in the Caribbean and Latin America.
I learned many wonderful things
from these experiences, but two of
them always top the list. First, I con-
tinue to be impressed by how early
in the game countries such as Costa
Rica, Chile, and Argentina adopted
information and communication
technologies, implemented compre-
hensive initiatives, passed necessary
public policies, and started innovative
systemwide ed tech programs. ;ese
countries have matured through the
past 20+ years, and they have an im-
portant story to share with the world.
if they taught in a school with limited
traditional and digital age resources.
ISTE wants to highlight and learn
how these countries have advanced so
far with resources that are extremely
limited compared to other countries
with better ICT funding. ;at’s why, as
part of ISTE 2012 in San Diego, ISTE’s
Department of Professional Development Services will hold the ;rst Latin
American Educational Technology
showcase. ;e goal is to recognize
Latin America’s leading-edge contributions to the ;eld of ed tech by showcasing successful countrywide ed tech initiatives in Costa Rica, Uruguay, Chile,
Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.
We are committed to providing our
membership with a global perspective
on ed tech policy implementations
meant to transform education through
innovation and emerging technologies. I invite you to join us and participate in this exchange of best practices
aimed at providing opportunities to
develop strategic alliances between
Latin America and the rest of world.
To learn more about the showcase,