The Role of ICT in Education!

By James, Jen , Mark and Joanne

ICT in Schools

• It is generally agreed that ICT is a crucial resource in education. • Children use computers from an early age and continue to university level. • Children taught practical ICT skills that are transferable into the work place.

Advantages of using the Internet in schools
• A cheap, fast way to access a huge amount of resources that are regularly updated. • Accessible 24/7 – allowing students to continue their work at home. • Encourages computer literacy, helpful in an increasingly technologically orientated world.

More advantages
• Teachers upload course documents so that students misses a lesson, they can download information and do the work in their own time. • Encourages student-driven lessons, where students take responsibility for their learning.

Even more advantages!
• Government sponsored learning tools available to students – eg GCSE bite size – allow them to find useful information. • Government promises high-speed broadband internet access for every university, hospital and doctors' surgery which would allow schools to be linked and to share resources.

How many schools are online?
• • • • • • 26,140 schools online (89.6%) average 16.3 net computers 52% give access to all pupils 39% some access 9% no access 42% have a website

• Schools becoming more computerized, proof that internet must be helping otherwise they would not be willing to shell out to fit their schools with needed equipment.

Disadvantages of the Internet in Education
• Less need for schools • Being taught the wrong things • A lot of distractions

Less Need For Schools
• No outside contact • Job losses for teachers, etc • There is a lot of incorrect information on the internet • Students will learn more theory and less practical

Being taught the wrong things
• Hacking • Creating Viruses • Plagiarism

A lot of distractions
• Porn • Games • Music • Videos • Chatrooms/Messengers/Emails

Advantages of ICT in Education • Use of packages: word-processing, dtp, spreadsheets. • Special facilities for pupils with disabilities. • Teacher and pupil communications improve. • ICT provides links with other schools or with businesses. • Computers in schools provides wider access to ICT and encourages new ways of learning • Can repeat work again and again and again

CD-ROMs in schools
• Interactive teaching packages are available on CD for different subjects. • Children can learn in varied ways in the classroom. • There are many CD-ROMs available for each level of the national curriculum.

ICT in Education
Disadvantages of ICT in Schools 1 • ICT is very expensive - not all students get the same opportunities • It can be boring sitting in front of a computer for a long time. • Computers cannot interact on a personal level e.g. fuller explanation • It becomes harder for the teachers to organise the teaching of new concepts.

ICT in Education
Disadvantages of ICT in Schools 2 • Some students find it hard to use computers • Students minds are more likely to wander from their set task. • Not all teachers are keen on ICT but, are forced to use it.

ICT in Education
Will Computers Replace Teachers? 1 • Children lose social interaction. • Working on computers all day – bad for your health. • Computers aren’t as reliable as teachers

ICT in Education
Will Computers Replace Teachers? 2 • Computers cant explain new concepts as well as a good teacher. • If left to learn at their own speed, many students would fall behind. • Computers don’t have the motivating force that teachers have.