Archive for May, 2012
The image of a school is determined first and foremost by education outcomes. These outcomes could be pass rates, the number of learners entering tertiary institutions and even the number of sports stars produced by the school.
Why is image so important? Principals want their school to be the one of first choice in an area so that the best learners are drawn to the school. A good image attracts desirable learners, as well as good teachers.
ICT often serves as a draw card. In the belief that technology skills will put them in an advantageous position when they are looking for jobs or when they are about to enter tertiary institutions, parents want their children to be exposed to technology. They are not wrong feeling this way.
The image of a school is further enhanced when ICT is seen to achieve educational outcomes. For example:
If a school has an arts focus, graphic design technology will give it an edge over schools that do not have this type of technology.
A school’s image will be boosted when it uses technology to improve literacy and numeracy results.
A school offering computer subjects is seen to be preparing learners better for the future than schools that don’t.
The time is approaching – in many areas it has already arrived – when it is no longer a matter of technology improving the image of a school, but rather one where the absence of technology detracts from its image.
While an enhanced image is a welcome bonus, it should not be the main motive why ICT is brought into a school; the aim of technology must always be to improve teaching and learning.
Monday, May 14th, 2012 | education | Comments Off
Computers can’t think – teachers must think how these tools can be used to stimulate the thinking of their learners. But how can we motivate teachers to use technology at school? The following suggestions may help:
ICT makes it easier for teachers to build a personal learning network (PLN) with fellow teachers, subject experts and gurus.
The payback for the investment a teacher makes in time to learn ICT must be measured in terms of improved teaching.
Explore the way teachers in other schools use technology – you will get ample tips for your own classroom.
It may also help to remind teachers who find it hard to change to the use of ICT of the technological changes with which their learners must contend. It is their duty to prepare children in their care for life in the twenty-first century.
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