Target groups/ literacy levels
Pre- and in-service teachers
Literacy: literate people
Aim and content of the applications
The Enlace Quiche Project has created educational technology centres in four teacher training schools in Guatemala, in order to assist in the preservation and learning of two Mayan languages, K’iche and Ixhil.
The objectives are to:
incorporate the use of technology tools into the learning process
facilitate spoken and written Mayan language learning using technology and student-centred teaching methods
enable pre-service teachers to create instructional materials in print, CD, cassettes and video
strengthen Mayan language and cultural content in school curricula
provide access to ICTs to the community
During the 2001 school year, the partner schools carried out a variety of material creation projects that unite Mayan language and culture with technology.
The most notable materials that have been developed are a series of 5 CD-ROMs and 4 books (one from each school, which contains stories written and illustrated by the students, based on local oral tradition). They aim at improving pre- and in-service teachers’ reading and writing skills in K’iche and Ixhil with stories, interactive exercises and educational games.
CD-ROM 1: Florezcan las palabras de los hombres de maiz
This CD-ROM contains audio files of stories based on local and oral tradition; some of which have been recreated as radio programs. The CD-ROM is packaged with a teachers ‘guide for enhancing activities divided into 4 areas of Mayan education (Being, Science/ Thought, Word/Language, Doing).
CD-ROM 2: El pensamiento de nuestros abuelos
This CD-ROM contains a series of multimedia presentations created by the students.
It gathers a wealth of historical, cultural and linguistic information about the 4 towns that participated in the project.
It also includes the 4 storybooks “Florezcan las palabras de los hombres de maiz” in PDF format.
It provides a practical example fo the way in which technology can preserve, promote and value local traditional knowledge.
CD-ROM 3: Engrandezcamos nuesto pensamiento
Interactive CD-ROM geared towards K’iche and Ixhil speakers who need to improve their ability to read and write the language.
It can be used also to learn the alphabet and some vocabulary.
A teacher’ guide is also included, showing how this CD-ROM can be integrated into Mayan language courses.
CD-ROM 4: Asi se ilustra mi palabra
It is a collection of 3000 Mayan clipart images. It can be used as a teaching tool and to support material creation project.
CD-ROM 5: Conociendo nuesto idioma
It includes HTML versions of 6 important books that support bilingual education and it shows that the CD-ROM can be an important means of making large quantities of information inexpensively available.
The use of sound would enhance its effectiveness.
These applications are user-friendly, as they don’t require particular computer skills and useful for inexperienced computer users.
Technology is no longer seen as a luxury. The local education community is realising that technology is already an integral part of current education practices, and educators need to take control of it and use it to their benefit.
HTML (for the books in CD-ROM n°5)
Database (for CD-ROM n°4)
Visual Basic (for the language games and exercises in CD-ROM n°3)
Sound editor (for CD-ROM n°1, n°2, n°3, n°5)
Microsoft Power Point (for CD-ROM n°2)
Images (CD-ROM n°2, n°3, n°4 , n°5)
Netscape browser is included in the package.
Self/ group learning
Can be used individually or during group working sessions.