Information Communication Technology and Education
Education in the past has always been centered on teaching and learning, but information technology has made some great changes to the means of education. Now education is increasingly perceived as the process of applying knowledge in various ways. The perceptions of knowledge itself have changed whereas knowledge could once have been perceived as unchanging. With the introduction of modern information technology, we are able to individualize learning for students. ICT will change the way students learn, the way classes are being taught and will overall enhance the purpose of education. By investigating the type of technology used and the progress students are making in school using them, we are truly able to see a correlation between Internet technology and education. This study will show that there is a strong correlation between academic performances, increase in student learning, a change in teaching methods that benefit from the use of information technology. In order for us to achieve higher order thinking skills and be engaged in a more stimulating learning environment, we must engage in the use of technology on an everyday basis.
Over the last 50 years, we have seen many technological advances in education. Computers were not even around a few decades ago, and now every single classroom has one in them. Students are becoming very technological savvy, and are always finding ways to incorporate these technologies with their learning. The students in school can be considered as being “digital natives.” Digital natives are known as having grown up with digital technology such as the Internet, computers, cell phones, and MP3 players. This is important to understand, as having a computer in your home as well as being exposed to one in the classroom really does increase a student’s awareness of technology and also broadens their views on the global economy.
The technology used today reaches beyond the classroom to help students learn that have disabilities, rural inaccessibility, or even being home schooled. This let’s them have more options to learn and investigate. With the use of Internet connection, teachers and students have a portal and connection to almost every part of the world. Computers allow us to develop high order thinking skills, in which technology is being applied in a meaningful way. The history of technological developments has often shown us the links that are created between the innovations in industry, as well as the communication with improvements in educational methods. The propagation and the success of web based curriculum at every level of education is just one of the many examples of importance of technology to teachers and students alike. The greater the reach of educational programs to a larger growing population of students via the Internet continues to really push and challenge educators. They now are able to find ways to adapt to the latest technological enhancements that are made within the classroom, as well as find out different ways to improve the students’ educational experience altogether. Information and communication technology are so unique and amazing in their ability to take a traditional lesson and offer it in multimedia formats. This causes us to provide a different means of real time teaching and also introduces online instruction too. We can definitely say that the new up and coming technologies that are being brought to world will indeed affect our way of teaching.
The Effects of ICT technologies on Academic Performance
In order to determine if schools and teachers are doing well in education their students, we rely on academic performance as a method to measure the success or lack of success that these schools have. Ever since the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was introduced, schools were forced to make sure that the achievement gap was closed...
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