The Power of Storytelling for Creating Socially Inclusive ICTs for Children

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The discipline of Participatory Design explores the value of storytelling to augment the design of spaces that are meaningful places for collaborative work.Inspired by research completed within a diasporic community in Chicago, Illinois, this paper presents an information technology literacy project developed in Puerto Rico that involves the design of a computer lab for children (0 to 5 year olds) within a university setting. In this collaborative project stories from children, parents, and staff provided a useful framework for designing a socially inclusive ICT from the perspective of children as principal designers.


Keywords: Participatory Design, Storytelling, Information Technology Literacy, Information Literacy
Stream: Literacy, Language, Multiliteracies; Languages Education and Second Language Learning
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Sarai Lastra

Vice Chancellor of Information Resources / Director of Virtual Library, Vice Chancellorship of Information Resources, Universidad del Turabo
Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Sarai Lastra is Vice Chancellor of Information Resources and Director of the Virtual Library at Turabo University in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. She is chair of the Community Informatics Center and a member of the advisory group for the Museum and Center of Humanistic Studies at Turabo University, and a consultant to various museum and public library projects in Puerto Rico and the United States. She teaches information retrieval and school library services at the Graduate School of Sciences and Technology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s in library science from Dominican University, a master’s in quantitative psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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