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Creating Indigenous Language Content with Universal Design In Early Literacy

Title: Creating Indigenous Language Content with Universal Design In Early Literacy
Author Editor: Isabelle Dunston
Source: Educational Technology Debate
Date (published): 12/09/2011
Date (accessed): 21/09/2011
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
"iLearn4Free Inc is a 501C3 non-profit, whose mission is to bridge the digital language divide and support cultural sustainability by creating digital educational applications in multiple languages for early literacy.

Current situation:
Despite the fact that 94% of the world’s children are not native English speakers, there is a shocking absence of digital educational tools for early literacy in languages other than English.
There is now overwhelming evidence that children benefit from receiving early education in their own language, known as mother tongue learning, as learning to read in a language they do not speak can be very discouraging.

Mother tongue learning also has many social benefits. In multilingual societies, all communities feel equally respected if their language is used in schools, and learning in their mother tongue fosters a child’s capacity to express cultural identity.

iLearn4Free believes all children should have access to digital learning games in their mother tongue, as digital learning is an engaging and efficient way for them to learn and remain motivated.

A Multicultural Approach:
To meet our objective, our main challenge was to create an application that is adaptable to—and accessible by—a multitude of languages and cultures, while keeping costs at a minimum to enable a sustainable deployment."

Teenagers Revive Dead Languages Through Texting

Title: Teenagers Revive Dead Languages Through Texting
Author: Margaret Rock
Source: Mobiledia
Date (published): 29/06/2011
Date (accessed): 17/07/2011
Type of information: article
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
"A funny thing happened to several languages on their way to extinction -- they were saved, pulled back from the brink by teenagers and the Internet, of all things.
Samuel Herrera, who runs the linguistics laboratory at the Institute of Anthropological Research in Mexico City, found young people in southern Chile producing hip-hop videos and posting them on YouTube using Huilliche, a language on the brink of extinction.

Herrera also discovered teens in the Phillippines and Mexico who think it's "cool" to send text messages in regional endangered languages like Kapampangan and Huave.

Almost as soon as text messaging exploded on the world stage as a means to reach anyone, anywhere, and anytime, young people began to find a way to scale it back, make it more exclusive and develop their own code or doublespeak to use on the widely-used devices.
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In fact, according to Dr. Gregory Anderson, young people need to be the ones reviving a dying language. The director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages in Salem, Oregon, says that somewhere between the ages of six and 25, people make a definitive decision whether or not to say to stay or break with a language.

"If the language isn't being used by their peer group, then they reject it categorically," Anderson concluded.
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Something as simple as text messaging can draw young people's attention back to the languages of their elders, and projects like the YouTube channel's "Enduring Voices" can inspire others to learn ancestral tongues to produce hip-hop music. "

The role of the participatory web for indigenous knowledge

Title: The role of the participatory web for indigenous knowledge
Author: Christian Kreutz
Source: Web2forDev Gateway
Date (published): 20/11/2009
Date (accessed): 20/11/2009
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
What role does indigenous knowledge play in addressing climate change? Quite a lot and the participatory web can be the space where to collaborate around it. Nowadays world challenges cannot be solved through science alone. Indigenous knowledge not only offers a wealth of wisdom, but also the foundations upon which to develop an approach to sustainable development.

Indigenous Communications Program

Title: Indigenous Communications Program
Source: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Australian Government
Date (published): 10/09/2009 (last modified)
Date (accessed): 11/11/2009
Type of information: government documents
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML and numerous pdfs)
Abstract:
The Indigenous Communications Program is a $30 million initiative to help improve communications services in remote Indigenous communities...will provide essential telephone services, basic public internet access facilities and computer training for many remote Indigenous communities. The program is part of the Australian Government's response package to the Regional Telecommunications Review.

Over four years commencing in 2009-10, the Indigenous Communications Program will deliver:

* a fixed or mobile satellite community telephone to around 300 remote Indigenous communities that do not currently have access to a public telephone;
* ongoing monitoring and maintenance of around 550 Indigenous community telephones, comprising around 300 new phones and 250 existing phones; and
* in collaboration with state and territory governments, expanded public internet access and delivery of computer training in up to 120 remote Indigenous communities that have limited or no public access internet facilities.

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