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education, school teachers
An exploration of educational technologies and the impact of social-emotional learning
One of the most disruptive changes of this century in education is the inclusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) inside and outside the classroom. Consequently, traditional educational methods had to be rethought and updated. Related to these new approaches, socio-emotional skills development can influence positively or negatively in the teaching and learning experience.
The objective of this study is to analyse the impact of ICTs, in particular the “One Laptop Per Child” (OLPC) program in South American countries, especially Paraguay, and to present a reflective tool for Paraguayan teachers. The proposal will assist in the process of rethinking their practise to provide valuable education for the 21st-century.
Primary and secondary research methods have been used in the research. Also, a collaborative tool for recording and measuring socio-emotional learning for teachers is proposed.
How did this project impact you as a designer moving forward?
It made me reflect on the importance of motivation during a project and how it can affect the outcome. Also, the motivation influences the correct flow of the process. The inclusion of resources as support in teaching also contributes to the development and final results.
What was your biggest takeaway learning from this project?
The importance of the process during education and the impact of motivation and emotions. These last two can affect the way we learn. Also, the interaction between people and the resources used can influence the learning experience.
What were the key methods that you used for this work?
To analyse the users involved in the project (teachers mainly), I prepared semi-structured interviews. The questions were provided in advance to the interviewees. Also, during the interviews, I used a learning experience canvas. This tool helped me understand the current situation and highlight areas to improve through design.