Prendes P., MartÝnez-Sßnchez F., Casta˝eda L. J.
Migrations and the Net: new virtual spaces to build a cultural identity
This paper presents some of the reflections, projects and results around the topics of
multiculturalism and migration attained by the Educational Technology Research Group at the
University of Murcia, some of them integrated in the Interuniversity Cooperation programmes
promoted by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI). We pretend to analyze
how the appropriate use of ICT in educational contexts allows to maintain the cultural
characteristics of a community, while helping at the same time to promote a better knowledge
and acceptance of other cultures..
Spanish current young immigrants (most of them first or second generation) are suffering
different types of acculturation as a result of various factors, which are conditioning their
lifestyle and relationship models within the host culture. Among these factors, the descendant
acculturation and assimilation are two significant barriers towards achieving a society with a
real and sustainable model of multicultural co-existence.
School is a very intense communicative environment for children, and in the primary stages it is
the most significant space of interaction both to acquire the culture of the host society or for
loosing the original one, as well as for disseminating, understanding and accepting both.
We are living in a technological world which presents great opportunities to establish networks
of communication and open our minds to relationships with other people and cultures. Our
projects seek to provide answers through technology to all the challenges posed by the current
realities of migration, using as a basis one of the most important elements in the adaptation of
humans to their environment: education..