Sunday, September 11th, 2011 | resources
ICT in schools must compete against other needs. In poorly resourced schools a need for texbooks may exist, there may a a shortage of classrooms and toilet facilities may be inadequate. Should we even consider technology when the other basics can’t be afforded? Won’t it be a waste of money?
We must maintain a balanced view on this issue. Consider the following points:
Technology is only a waste of money in schools when it is not used optimally by teachers and learners.
Enough proof exists in schools where great results are achieved through ICT to refute the notion that it’s a waste of money.
When ICT transforms a classroom into an interactive one, the value is great – it can’t be measured in financial terms.
If you don’t know what you’re going to do with ICT, don’t buy it or it will be a waste.
ICT will be a waste of money when a school is not prepared to invest in technology training for its teachers.
If the ICT in your classroom is a white elephant, remember that it’s in your power to paint it another colour.
To avoid waste education departments can pilot new ICTs in a few schools before large scale implementation: make mistakes on a small scale.
Only those who have not yet come to know the educational value of ICT will view it as a waste of money.