BENEFITS OF EMBEDDING ICT IN TEACHING AND LEARNINGTo assist schools to measure the impact of ICT on students learning the European Education Partnership (Broadie, 2003, pp. 4-6) published a list of eleven value-added areas:extending learning timeincreasing communicationimproving accessibilityincreasing motivationre-balancing teacher-mediation and autonomous learningintroducing scale-ability and consistent applicabilityaccess for minoritiesmore information channelsbrain centred learningpublishing and audiencemanagement and recording.
TEACHERS, FROM MORE THAN 40 SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, IDENTIFIED VARIOUS BENEFITS FROM ALLOWING STUDENTS TO CREATE MULTIMEDIA (BROADIE, 2003, P. 7), INCLUDING:improves the accuracy of their workraises their confidencehelps them to link ideas more effectivelyprovides them with a sense of audienceclarifies their thinkingaids collaborative workinghelps them to view information as not just lineargives them a framework within which to write for a purposemakes them more concerned to complete work.
SO IT IS NEED OF TIME THAT OUR SCHOOLS SHOULD START TAKING STEPS TO EMBED ICT IN TEACHING AND LEARNING TO ENHANCE STUDENTS LEARNING OUTCOMES
STEPS TO BE TAKEN..
E-learning AuditIntegrating ICT in the curriculumProfessional Development of StaffE-CultureICT infrastructureIdentifying e-learning priorities
GETTING STARTED!An e-learning audit should be conducted to have an understanding of provision of ICT in school currently.A road map to be developed. The strengths and weaknesses to be identified to enlist priorities to move from initial to the mature stage in terms of embedding ICT. Teaching staff should be trained by technologically equipped professionals. Review should be completed periodically (e-learning audit as well as e-learning roadmaps) to get clear understanding of current practices and future priorities.
SOME RECOMMENDATIONSTo develop a comprehensive e-culture in the schools it is highly recommended that, All the teaching staff should be trained regularly based on their needs and the changes in the technology. Curriculum should provide time and space to the teacher to integrate technology in their subject areas. IT lab should be more spacious with at least 25 computers to ensure accessibility. IWBs should be provided in all the classrooms.Secondary classes should be provided with tabs.Assistive technologies should be used to improve the functional capabilities of learners with disabilities or seeing their learning needs to enhance learning outcomes. Schools IT lab should be equipped with digital cameras, data loggers, and Digital Blue (at least 5 each).An e-learning audit should be periodically conducted to identify strengths and next priorities.
REFERENCESBroadie, R. (2003). Measuring impacts and benefits of ICT-for-learning, Computer Education, vol. 105, Oct 2003, pp. 3-8.http://test.ncte.ie/elearningplan/handbook/Step1ReviewPrioritise/