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Page: 521 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain

CYBER TRAVELLING - EXCURSIONS INTO ONLINE LEARNING IN REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA

B. Underwood

University of South Australia (AUSTRALIA)
This paper will show how Learning Technologies are assisting Indigenous students in remote Indigenous communities in central Australia to successfully navigate teacher education training.

Indigenous students are positioning themselves online in many cultures as the world increasingly fractures into many cultures or tribes.
The Indigenous student's own culture is evolving and the world around is challenging them to incorporate new beliefs, new activities and new ideas as they seek to make sense of an increasingly hostile world.

Providing a brief historical and up-to-date overview of how using Indigenous knowledge and emerging technologies has enabled the present to be informed by the past. The many cultures and learning’s taken up by Indigenous students and the stories left by those who have departed contain lessons for all educators.

Using narratives of frustration, success, hope and pride that resonate around communities there is reflection on 20 years of the use of technology in remote Indigenous teacher education.

Using a qualitative perspective through the use of focus groups and personal reflection incorporating a variety of digital media to focus on the important issues Aboriginal teachers are dealing with in an ever-fracturing future.

The messages from these conversations have implications that are a challenge for teacher educators - how do those who are out come in?

This paper attempts to provide some answers informed by Indigenous teachers' voices in a time when the voices of remote educators are being buried under interventions from outside organisations, including education departments. These answers provide clear messages for Teacher Educators about the struggle by Indigenous teachers to stay true to their culture and to become teachers capable of leading their communities into a cyber world.

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title = {CYBER TRAVELLING - EXCURSIONS INTO ONLINE LEARNING IN REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA},
series = {6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
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B. Underwood (2014) CYBER TRAVELLING - EXCURSIONS INTO ONLINE LEARNING IN REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA, EDULEARN14 Proceedings, p. 521.
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