DOT-COM Activity: Colombia - Elluminate Live!
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Short Description: The Colombia Elluminate! (Iluminate) project is a pilot that is testing the use of the Elluminate Live! software as a means of sharing environmental projects being carried out by disadvantaged youth in various regions in Colombia as well as youth in an inner-city school in the United States. Youth involved in these projects are working with local environmental organizations to learn about and care for their local environment and are sharing their findings and experience through bi-weekly interchanges via the internet using a real-time software that allows for the exchange of conversation, images, videos, and drawings.
Phase/Type of Activity: Pilot Status: Active
Start date: November 01, 2004 End Date: April 28, 2006
Person(s) to contact
Kit Yasin , Director
Education Development Center
Tel: (202) 572-3700
Full Description: Students in the Cundinamarca and Bolivar regions of Colombia will share experiences and materials with each other using a software called Elluminate Live! An additional cohort of students in the U.S. will also be identified. Elluminate Live! is a new tool that has the potential to improve communications between remote populations. It is the latest iteration of tools like WebEx and Microsoft Net meeting. People need a pc, a headset with mic, and an internet connection of some kind (including dial up). Elluminate Live! allows users to have a virtual office or virtual classroom where they can store resources in a library, share materials and so on. Meetings are scheduled at specific times, and are open to whomever the meeting moderator chooses to invite. They can be between 2 people, 5 people, 20 or an amount up to the maximum the company has purchased for simultaneous connections. The students involved will be middle-schoolers working on environmental issues. These students will work with local NGOs and teachers on projects related to relevant environmental issues. They will then share these experiences with middle-schoolers in other geographic areas. In Colombia, a large portion of the population are displaced as a result of the civil war. As in many countries, people are very concerned about traveling when unnecessary. Elluminate Live! is being tested as a cost-effective tool for enabling remote populations or populations unable to travel to share the experiences and materials with others. There is great potential for scale-up, given that the Colombian NGO with whom we are working are nationwide.
Update (July-Sept. 2004):
Students in Cundinamarca and Cartagena began their work on environmental projects to be shared using Elluminate Live! Exchanges between Washington and Cartagena, Bogota and other parts of Cundinamarca took place using Elluminate!. Students (calling themselves (Los Guardianes del Mangle) working with the local eco-tourism organization the Cultura del Mar in Cartagena completed a clean-up of a local mangrove park that was documented in El Universal, the Cartagena newspaper. In addition to the clean-up, students in Cartagena continued to read stories, listen to educational radio programs, write rap songs and carry out other activities regarding mangroves.
Update 2 (Oct-Dec 05):
Students in Cartagena, Bolivar and Cundinamarca both worked with local NGOs on environmental projects. For example, the students in Cartagena worked with the Cultura del Mar, a local environmental NGO, on a clean-up of a park where mangroves grow. Scheduling difficulties occurred between the communities in Cartagena, Cundinamarca and the moderator in Bogota. New exchanges have been planned for groups within Bolivar and, potentially, students in the United States.
Development Sector(s): Basic Education
ICT Intervention(s): Radio