Learning with Mobile Technologies at Public Primary Schools in Costa Rica: The case of the National Program of Educational Informatics of the Ministry of Public Education and the Omar Dengo Foundation
This article presents the experience of the National Program of Educational Informatics of the Ministry of Public Education and the Omar Dengo Foundation of Costa Rica designing and executing a national project to encourage and develop learning experiences for teachers and students using mobile technologies at public schools. To describe this experience, first, the Omar Dengo Foundation and their National Educational Program is introduced. This program works under certain conceptual and methodological principles. The Learning with Mobile Technologies Area (ATM for its acronym in Spanish) includes more than 2400 schools, and has beneficiated 206.096 students up to September. The paper examines a description of this model, the main results with primary teachers and students, as well its coverage all throughout the country. This analysis includes the essential pedagogical principles of the program, their main outcomes and challenges ahead.