ICT should ....open a new world of fun, interactivity and motivation
(PRWEB) September 07, 2011
1. Promote 21st century educators: Ensure that all teachers have the knowledge, tools and enthusiasm to fully integrate quality learning activities into ICT. This will maximize the impact it can have on a child’s classroom experience and education as a whole.
2. Keep Best Practice Guidelines for all ICT hardware and software: They should not simply just be administrative tools or electronic proxies, but function more as an integrated part of the classroom and the lesson plan.
3. Create a virtuous circle based around ICT and innovative teaching: Remember that teachers who are more engaged with ICT in the classroom show greater use of innovative teaching methods, and teachers inclined towards innovative teaching methods use classroom ICT better.
4. Use ICT to link home and school effectively: ICT can do this by increased communication and transparency, as well as recreating a positive environment. Engaging parents will also increase student motivation and thus raise standards.
5. Positive associations with computers: Children have positive connotations of computers - they are therefore welcomed by them as a learning platform. Technology should be embraced and its appeal to students should be considered as a positive.
Madeleine White, head of marketing at Whizz Education comments; “ As Michael Gove states, ICT should not be used to recreate the way we used to do things, instead it should open a new world of fun, interactivity and motivation. We need to embrace ICT and use it to its full advantage, to better teaching methods and to encourage students to succeed.”