ICT In Education

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The Beginnings
The turn of the 21st century ushered in the Digital Revolution, as various forms of technology formed indispensable parts of our everyday lives. A careful observation of a 24-hour day in our lives will reveal how our activities, directly or indirectly, involve varied technologies. We watch television, listen to the radio, use our mobile phones, pay bills, get in touch with friends, or search for some information. All these activities use some kind of technology. This age of massive growth of technology in a rapidly changing global economy, is the Information Age, which we live in today. It is an age dominated with technology, information exchange, knowledge sharing, and communication. And among all this, it is an age in which
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Our present education system needs to recognize this. It needs to create suitable conditions to better prepare students for a future, in which learning never stops. Schools need to equip students with skills that enable continuous lifelong learning. In other words, schools need to encourage “learning to learn”. It is here that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) comes into play. It comes with a potential for introducing the much desirable transformation in education. ICT provides an opportunity to revolutionize education. It comes with a promise to extend educational abilities and opportunities by offering a range of learning experiences. ICT offers the ability to strengthen the relevance of education to increasingly digital workplaces in a globalized world. It thus, potentially corresponds to the current and future phases of human civilization.
What do we know about ICT?
With the promise that ICT brings in transforming education, we must first understand what ICT means. As mentioned earlier, ICT stands for Information and Communications Technology, which relates to the wide range of technologies that are used to access, collect, process, and share information. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), ICTs are defined as,
“a diverse set of technological tools and resources used to communicate, and to create, disseminate, store, and
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By using different forms of ICT, the teacher can extend students’ learning into a collaborative group project for presentation. As we have seen, ICT can provide opportunities for collaboration and sharing. For instance, let’s imagine students working on a Civic Education group project on road safety. For this, students can find the pictures of traffic signs and roads from the Internet. They can communicate and interact with each other about the progress they make, by using email. Finally, they can share their project through on the class network or social media network with their family and friends. As students engage, interact, and share with the help of ICT, we can see that ICT motivates students to participate in a meaningful and relevant learning

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