Friday, May 13th, 2011 | education, ICT in Africa, technology
Technology is brought to schools at great cost. Some question whether one should even consider doing this, particularly in view of the many other needs of schools. Ponder the following statements before you conclude that ICT should not be a high priority in a twenty-first century school:
If technology is used with great benefit in most fields of human endeavour, surely it must be useful in education too.
The digital divide must be removed as soon as possible – it hampers efforts to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
It’s impossible for teachers to help learners cross the digital divide in a classroom that dates back to a pre-digital age.
The new ways in which we receive and respond to information demands visual, media and digital literacies from learners.
Digital literacy is the new literacy – without it, it’s impossible to call yourself literate in this digital world.
The classroom blackboard was invented in 1801 – how can we teach digital skills on such an ancient device?
In a world dominated by technology we dare not let learners leave school without a deep understanding of the use of ICT.
The world around us dictates that ICT must be a part of school curricula – it is no longer a question of “why” but “how”.
It’s as if children are naturally inclined towards technology – cash in on this and use ICT to incline them towards learning.