J. Enrique Hinostroza, Director, Instituto de Informática Educativa, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile, is the recipient of the first annual Outstanding Service to Digital Equity Award presented at the SITE 2002 13th International Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
SITE created this new award to recognize outstanding scholarship and service in the area of digital equity and to increase awareness of the variety and range of successful approaches taken through teacher education to increase equity over the many digital divides—economic, cultural, physical and mental—that affect our societies today.
Hinostroza received the award for his work through Enlaces, the information and communications (ICT) initiative of the Chilean Educational Reform.
Hinostroza reported that one of the long term objectives of the Enlaces project is to effectively integrate ICT into the educational process. In order to achieve this goal, some of the defining principles of the project included increasing equity in educational opportunity for all Chilean students by equipping schools with computers and creating an educational network; emphasizing teacher training and developing a technical assistance network; and allowing computer uses to be shaped by each school’s educational projects and needs.
Enlaces’ key strategies are comprised of teacher training and support, a national support infrastructure, La Plaza: A non-intimidating computer-user interface, and private sector support.
The project is a notable example of efforts to increase digital equity and access to education for people through teacher education.
To learn more about Enlaces, view the full length article in the SITE 2002 Conference Proceedings and visit the Enlaces website at http://www.enlaces.cl
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For more information about the SITE Outstanding Service to Digital Equity Award, go to http://aace.org/conf/site.
J. Enrique Hinostroza receives the OSDE Award from Committee.
Ray Rose; Niki Davis, SITE President; Lucretia Berry, AVP, Equity and Social Justice Committee; J. Enrique Hinostroza, OSDE Award recipient; Roberta Weber, SITE Conference Coordinator.
Hinostroza, who has a Ph.D. in Information Technology in Education (Institute of Education, University of London, 1999), has been a core member of the Enlaces team since 1992. He also received professional qualifications in Industrial Engineering and a Masters degree in Computer Science (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile). Hinostroza has lead several research projects in the areas of software engineering, expert systems, and the use of multimedia in education. His research interests include the design and evaluation of ICT policies in education and the design of educational software.