The potential for technology to empower education in public schools is undeniable yet the choice of appropriate technologies remains a challenge considering the digital divide that exists within developing countries. Using the Caribbean context as a backdrop, this paper will resist a "technoromantic" approach to leveraging new tools and instead examine the practical challenges associated with implementing relevant, culturally sensitive curriculum. This paper will address several curriculum projects that been undertaken in the Caribbean region. In particular, the inherent action research (mixed methods) has allowed us to glean unique insight into the perspectives and definitions that regional leaders hold for technology integration. As a result, we recommend a strategy for assisting them move forward in developing curriculum that models international best practice.
Former Vice President (Student Affairs) at Acadia University. Central role in leading the "Acadia Advantage" technology integration initiative, the first cross -campus laptop university in Canada. Currently the Principal of MindBloom Consulting, a full service educational consulting firm that serves learning communities/educational systems including but not limited to, Caribbean nations.
Professor of Science & Technology Education, School of Education, Acadia University
Graduate Coordinator; Chairperson of Internationl Practica - Research Interests Include: Technology use in public school classrooms & in higher education, concept mapping & critical thinking, constructivist approaches in science classrooms and educational leadership in developing countries.
Vice President, Acadia University
Dr. Hemming is a Teacher Education Professor specializing in literacy studies. She is co-leader of the technology initiative:"Teaching in the Age of Technology".