Information and Communication Technology Revitalizing Cultural Identity and Diversity

  • Paul RestaEmail author
  • Miri Shonfeld
  • Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad
  • Denelle L. Wallace
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Technology may be used to help revitalize cultural identity, language, and knowledge within marginalized groups. This chapter demonstrates how ICTs can be applied by indigenous peoples to strengthen and reinforce indigenous cultural identity, knowledge, and culture and to provide more culturally responsive learning resources and environments for their children. It includes examples and models across the globe that illustrate the ways that ICTs can be used as a tool to strengthen cultures and to foster understanding and respect for cultural differences and our common humanity. Governments are encouraged to work with universities and indigenous organizations to engage in similar initiatives and to establish policy structures that will enable indigenous peoples, and other unique cultural communities to work in partnership with ministries of education and universities, to provide culturally responsive learning opportunities for their children through the use of ICTs.


Digital equity Cultural diversity Cultural identity Indigenous knowledge Indigenous identity Cultural practices Cross-Cultural understanding Grandma stories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Resta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Miri Shonfeld
    • 2
  • Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad
    • 3
  • Denelle L. Wallace
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Kibbutzim College of Education and MOFETTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Sakhnin College for Teacher EducationSakhninIsrael
  4. 4.Norfolk State UniversityNorfolkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Therese Laferrière
    • 1
  • Paul Resta
    • 2
  1. 1.Université LavalQuebec CityCanada
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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