CLEP-2 Day 13 Reading/Test Material - ICT in Primary Class Room - Youtube Live Webinar

READING MATERIAL SESSION 13 ICT IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM CLEP-2 Day 13 Reading/Test Material - ICT in Primary Class Room - Youtube Live Webinar  DAY 13 OF CLEP -II WEBINAR SERIES SCERT, AP.On " ICT in the primary class room" by Dr Poornima, Academic Consultant, British Council School Ambassador.

CLEP-2 Day 13 Reading/Test Material - ICT in Primary Class Room - Youtube Live Webinar 

SESSION OBJECTIVES
  • • To explore the scope of ICT integrated instruction
  • • To gain a basic understanding ICT competencies and policies through ICT-­‐CFT
  • • To explore teaching strategies, tech tools and classroom management
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education is the use of technological resources, tools and environments to deliver, support, enhance, and optimize learning experiences. Research shows that ICT provides a variety of opportunities for teachers to create interactive, collaborative and experiential learning experiences. Learners are observed to be a lot more engaged in the learning process through active participation.
Several studies have proved that integrating ICT into the curriculum results in positive impact on students’ achievements.
  • • The results specifically showed that the students who are continuously exposed to technology through education have better concept knowledge, presentation skills, innovative capabilities
  • • Students are motivated to participate in the learning experience
  • • Students are less anxious and stressed about the outcome/result
  • • Students are more engaged in the learning process. (Beauchamp, 2015).
WHY USE ICT?
We live in a knowledge based economy where there is a growing demand for individuals to have digital literacy. The responsibility to create skilled and resourceful citizens largely lies with educational institutions and systems. Some of the advantages of technology integrated classroom environments is listed below,

Features of ICT
  • SPEED: Technology can offer faster and time saving means to transact meaning in the classroom. Many activities which would otherwise take away a lot of time in the traditional classroom can be completed a lot more efficiently in a lesser time.
  • AUTOMATION: Teachers can benefit greatly by the automatic processes that are embedded in a device which would otherwise require individual attention and time.
  • CAPACITY: Technology offers a number of modes through which vast data can be saved, retrieved, modified and shared
  • RANGE: There is ample opportunity (textual, aural or visual) that has to be tapped in terms of the variety of tools and resources that technology has to offer
  • PROVISIONALITY: Users can benefit greatly by collaborating and working on different projects irrespective of where they are and what time they work on an engagement (adapted from Beauchamp, 2017)

INTEGRATING ICT INSTRUCTION INTO THE CURRICULUM

Successful integration of ICT program into the classroom requires ‘rethinking the role of teachers in planning and applying ICT to enhance and transform learning. Education systems need to regularly update and reform teacher preparation and professional development accordingly, ensuring that all teachers can harness technology for education’ (ICT-­‐CFT, 2015).

The UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT-­‐ CFT) seeks to help countries develop comprehensive national teacher ICT competency policies and standards and integrate these in overarching ICT in education plans. This framework is used by countries around the world, the UNESCO ICT-­‐CFT ‘highlights the role that technology can play in supporting six major education focus areas across three phases of knowledge acquisition’, as illustrated in the chart below:


ICT SETUP

An ICT setup in a primary classroom typically includes the following resources and tools,
• Computers
• Tablets
• Computer network
• Printers
• Scanners 
• Video and dvd players
• Digital cameras
• Video recorders
• Interactive white boards (Elston,2007)

AFFORDANCES OF INTEGRATING ICT
  • • Explore, evaluate and share knowledge
  • • Facilitate universal access to education
  • • Bridge learning divides
  • • Support the development of teachers
  • • Enhance the quality and relevance of learning
  • • Strengthen inclusion and
  • • Improve educational administration and governance.
WAYS TO INTEGRATE ICT INTO THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM 
TEACHING STRATEGY MEANING
Representation Use of technological tools to represent and clarify meaning through an image, audio or video files
Retrieval Use of technological tools to recall information learned previously.
Construction Use of technological tools to create an artefact or file
Interactive teaching Use of technological tools to encourage exchange of ideas, expressing opinions etc.

SUGGESTED ICT TOOLS

Creating a Safety Space Online
  • 1. Create rules for interaction online
  • 2. Download child friendly versions of applications and software
  • 3. Create a timetable
  • 4. Supervise students at all times
  • 5. Involve parents and spread awareness on the importance of keeping children safe

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