Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Building Rural Renaissance and Suburban Development with Interactive Technology Solutions in India

  • Sumita Sharma
  • Juhani Linna
  • Jaakko Hakulinen
  • Pekka Kallioniemi
  • Markku Turunen
  • Mikko RuohonenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_215



Emerging technologies, such as affordable smartphones with 4G access, broadband Internet, and interactive interfaces employing gestures or speech, are revolutionizing the ways we access information, learn new skills, and interact with the world around us. However, developing world communities – who stand to benefit from such technologies – were, until recently, largely neglected. Interactive technologies can provide a means to overcome social and literacy barriers toward information access. For instance, children with developmental disabilities can use hand gestures to collaborate with a typically developed peer, while rural farmers can use an interactive voice system to gain seasonal agricultural information. When introduced in public spaces, such as schools or community health centers, technology not only provides individual learning solutions and access to information but...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sumita Sharma
    • 1
  • Juhani Linna
    • 1
  • Jaakko Hakulinen
    • 1
  • Pekka Kallioniemi
    • 1
  • Markku Turunen
    • 1
  • Mikko Ruohonen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sam Goundar
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information ManagementVictoria University of Wellington