Information and communication technology (ICT) can be a valuable tool in the hands of teachers when used skillfully. ICT has great potential as a productivity tool, helping teachers to save time and energy. It is also great as a teaching tool, as well as a learning tool.
Just to give you a taste of what is possible, consider 5 of the many ways in which a teacher can use technology:
A computer makes a great filing cabinet for teachers – all documents they need are stored safely in one place.
Don’t forget the “C” in ICT – technology is a wonderful tool to communicate with fellow teachers around the globe.
Teachers can save time by displaying the class register on an interactive whiteboard and allowing learners to click their presence for the day.
Many stories of Africa have been transmitted orally and must be preserved – use ICT to record these stories for posterity. Even better, let the learners record these stories … imagine how this will help them to build literacy skills.
In a multi-grade class, use ICT to keep one grade purposefully busy while giving personal attention to the rest of the class.
These are only a few arbitrary suggestions. Teachers, why don’t you try some of them? Talk to your colleagues who are already using technology as a productivity tool, as a teaching tool, or as a learning tool. You will be pleasantly surprized to discover how ICT can enrich your professional life.