Elba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamóndez

Elba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamóndez
Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá | UTP · Departamento de Programación de Computadoras

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October 2008 - August 2011
University of Duisburg-Essen
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (14)
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Learning Mathematics is a challenge for students with visual impairments (VI) during school life. Tangible resources like magnetic numbers, the Brannan Cubarithm or the Japanese abacus joined with computer based tools like Text to Speech and Computer Vision offer new possibilities to aid pupils with VI to learn Math. In this work we present a first...
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Though every country and context is unique, and much of HCI research aims to design for situatedness, there are lessons to be learned across borders, across contexts. Questions we ask include: What are common themes that tie together different contexts? For instance, could a maternal health project in India benefit from lessons learned from a proje...
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Computing technology is currently adopted in emerging countries. Especially mobile phones and smart phones become widely used - with a much higher penetration than traditional computers. In our work we investigate how computing technologies and particularly mobile devices can support education. While previous work focused on controlled experiments,...
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Mobile phones have become the most ubiqutious computing devices worldwide. In developing countries, mobile phones have been adopted much faster than conventional desktop computers and in some regions mobile phones are the only kind of computer available. In fact, current mobile phones have well integrated multimedia capabailities, are equipped with...
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Drawing and handwriting play a central role in primary schools. So far handwriting is practiced mainly on paper and blackboards. Providing tasks on paper can be challenging in developing countries. With the potential availability of mobile phones in classrooms, there is a new medium that can be used. We determined the effect of different touch tech...
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Mobile phones have become pervasive in the developing world and are much more affordable and accessible than computers. For many children and teenagers, phones have become a familiar tool for communication as well as for multimedia creation and consumption. We run a two-week field study with 78 students and 6 teachers, where the use of mobile phone...
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In this paper we share our findings from a field study conducted in Panama, focusing on adoption of mobile phones in classroom settings. Our initial findings reveal that during the initial phase of use, boys adopt mobile phone usage faster and explore more functionality; while girls take more time to familiarize themselves with the phones. Girls se...
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Currently, the development of mobile applications heavily relies on using conventional computers as development platform. MobiDev enables people in emerging countries without access to a computer but to a cell phone to develop their own locally relevant applications. The goal of the Mo-biDev project is to simplify development and deployment of appl...
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Providing good education is one of the major challenges for humanity. In many developing regions in the world improving educational standards is seen as a central building block for improving socio-economic situation of society. Based on our research in Panama we report on how mobile phones can be used as educational tools. In contrast to personal...
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In this paper we present MobiDev, a development kit that allows the creation of applications for mobile devices by developing directly on a mobile phone and by using paper-based sketches as a starting point for creating the user interface (UI). Although programming mobile applications on a computer has a well defined development structure, developi...
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Education is a major concern in developing countries. We believe that new and emerging technologies offer hope in improving their educational systems. While the use of personal computers in developing countries is still very low, they have seen a widespread adoption of mobile phones in recent years. Since mobile phones have become small computing p...
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The Internet and computers are accessible to only half of the population in the world. For the other half, computers and the Internet are almost alien concepts. This half has no medium for gathering information, and they are computer illiterate. In addition, it is well-known, that the use of computers and the Internet, directly and indirectly, enha...
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Mobile learning has become a core topic in developed countries, where mobile platforms compete with a well-established infrastructure of PCs. In contrast, the mobile phone is the first computing platform for most users in developing countries. In this paper, we will analyze the state in Latin America with regard to the access to information technol...

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