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ISSUES & TRENDS IN PRIMARY MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

ICT IN EDUCATION

ICT IN EDUCATION
ICTs includes the following
radio TV computers internet satellite technologies

ICTs help to
expand access to

education strengthen the relevance of education raise educational quality

A WORD OF CAUTION
The full realization of the potential

educational benefits of ICTs is not automatic. The effective integration of ICTs into the educational system requires

suitable technology curriculum & pedagogy teacher competencies institutional readiness

SOME OF THE CHALLENGES


The effective integration of ICTs Technology accessible & suitable
hardware computer labs, notebooks, computers software eg GSP, Mathematica etc

Curriculum & pedagogy


curriculum that emphasises technology

Teacher competencies
must provide teachers with technical support

Institutional readiness
policies & environment

ICT IN MATHS ED: BENEFITS


ICTs expand access to education
Asynchronous learning not everything has to be

done face-to-face; anytime, anywhere Access to remote learning resources the internet allows access to digital libraries, materials, researchers etc

ICT IN MATHS ED: BENEFITS


ICTs prepare students for the workplace
Technological literacy pupils gain an important

competitive edge in the modern world ICTs also promote other 21st century skills eg inventive thinking ie creative use of info, being responsible in using resources

ICT IN MATHS ED: BENEFITS


ICTs improve the quality of education
Increases pupils motivation and engagement

video clips, animation attract pupils Improves pupils basic skills teachers can use repetitive cycles & reinforcement Enhances quality of teacher training online tutorials for teachers, tele-conferencing etc are available

ICT IN MATHS ED: BENEFITS


Teachers can create student-centred learning

environments easily
Active learning use of charts and graphs to

display collected data can enhance pupil inquiry, analysis and construction of knowledge Collaborative learning pupils work as teams & share info easily using computers Creative learning pupils can explore and find new or more creative solutions to a problem

THE USES OF ICTs IN EDUCATION


Computers and the internet
Learning about computers and the internet Learning with computers and the internet Learning through computers and the internet Combines learning about computers and the internet and learning with computers and the internet Students do research online, download materials, present a powerpoint presentation and write up a report that may include (Excel) charts and calculations

THE USES OF ICTs IN EDUCATION


Computers and the

internet are also used in distance education


Open University of

Malaysia UniTAR Asiaeuniversity

ISSUES IN THE USE OF ICTs IN ED.


Four important issues must be addressed

when we use ICTs in education


Does ICT-enhanced learning really work? Is it

really effective? How much would ICTs in education cost? Is there equity of access to ICTs in education? Will it widen the economic, social and academic gap between sections of society? Are ICT-enhanced educational projects sustainable over the long term?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES


The challenges of educational policy and

planning
What are the implications for policy and planning?

Do we have clear objectives, guidelines, targets and a time-frame for the ICT initiative?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES


The challenges of infrastructure
What are the infrastructural requirements? Do we

have sufficient bandwidth eg SchoolNet, KPMNet? Do we need more labs? Do all students have access to computers/notebooks?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES


The challenges of capacity building
Do we have the teachers? Are our teachers competent in using computers /

notebooks for teaching? What kinds of further training is required? What about our administrators?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES


The challenges of language and content
Are our teachers and students sufficiently

competent in the English language to access the resources on the web (80% in English)? How quickly can we develop locally meaningful content in BM? Who will be responsible (BTP) and how much will it cost?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES


The challenges of cost
Can we afford it eg giving each teacher a

computer? Will we be able to maintain the project eg repair costs/ Will the software need to be updated? How much will it cost to upgrade hardware and software in the future?