hold the viewpoint that Information Communication Technology
(ICT) comprises a range of tools and systems that can be utilised as a tool to
help us improve our teaching and assist our pupils to learn better.
focus should not be on how to teach pupils skills like word processing, spread sheets, Internet
Rather the primary focus should be
on quality learning and teaching. The secondary focus will be on ways of using ICT as a tool to enhance
learning and teaching.
teachers we should be aiming to provide learning experiences for our pupils that
ultimately lead them into the development of skills and attitudes that equip
them to become independent lifelong learners, effective collaborators, efficient
workers and capable communicators. I see ICT as a powerful learning tool that,
in the hands of confident, capable and creative teachers, can greatly enhance
many teaching and leaning situations.
is not an educational solution or a magic fix.
My equation to explain the place of ICT in learning is PL + ICT = EPL.
Learning + ICT = Expensive Poor Learning.
Integration of ICT into a poor
learning experience or activity will never raise that activity to be quality
learning. Quality learning experiences are generated by creative effective
teachers and this has to be the start point. ICT is more akin to the salt or
spice that a chef will utilise to add that extra savor to a great dish. The
real magic in a quality learning experience comes not from boxes, wires and
expensive digital equipment. The real magic comes from teachers who have high
expectations, create relevant and challenging learning experiences, supported
and scaffold pupils to success, and provide quality feedback for their pupils.