Ph.D.(UKC-England); M.Phil. M.Sc.
SALIENT ISSUES AND FEATURES OF USING INFORMATIONCOMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) IN SCIENCE EDUCATION
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND:
The growth of use of Information and Communications Technology and its tools in the field of Education has seen tremendous growth in the recent past. Technology has entered the classroomin a dramatic manner to become part of a teaching and learning process in Education speciallythe Science Education.
is a broad subject concerned with theuse of technologyinmanaging and processing information.
The major area of concern is effective use of electronic computersandcomputer softwareto
convert, store, protect, process,transmit, and retrieve information for learning purpose. Aninternational network first used to connect education and research networks, begun by the USgovernment. The Internet now provides communication and application services to aninternational base of businesses, consumers, educational institutions, governments, and researchorganizations. By
Internet-based training we mean t
raining delivered primarily by TCP/IPnetwork technologies such as email, newsgroups, proprietary applications, and so forth.Although the term is often used synonymously with
Web-based training or Internet-basedtraining.
the institution curriculum when the National Curriculumwas devised. It was quickly realizedthat the work covered was useful in all subjects particularly in Science Education. With thearrival of the Internet and the broadband connections to all institution, the application of ITknowledge, skills and understanding in all subjects became a reality. This change in emphasishas resulted in a change of name from Information Technology (I.T) to Information andCommunication Technology (ICT).ICT in Educationcan be understood as the application of digital equipment to all aspects of teaching and learning.The information Communication Technology is actually
Technology which is oneof things that is used throughout the world
) <techne (
) "craft" + logia (
) "saying" ] is an encompassing term dealing with theknowledge of humanity's tools and crafts. Normally, it can be difficult to distinguish
good information obtained from internet
because information is good, moreinformation is better, and that anything done using the internet is necessarily better than it wouldhave been otherwise.We need to prepare technology-proficient educators to meet the needs of the day. Learning is acritical educational challenge facing the nation. More than two thirds of the nation's teachers will be replaced by new teachers over the next decade. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that the nextgeneration of future teachers emerging from the nation's teacher education programs is preparedto meet this challenge.