There are many barriers still preventing successful integration of ICT in the education system, even though the foundations for successful technology have been made. Both Brown’s (2005) and Ertmer’s (2005) article show that there are differing opinions about the integration of ICT.
There has always been a large debate adjoining the positives and negatives of the integration of technology in schools. Oppenhemier (1997, Brown, 2005) determined that “There is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning” with many people agreeing that ICT would not fit into their pedagogical beliefs. Brown however feels that “the growth of ICT is problematic due to it being pushed to a political and economic spin as opposed to teaching”(Brown, 2005). Teachers have to reclaim the true status of pedagogy in their education systems and introduce ICT effectively.
Ertmer believes that pedagogical beliefs are preventing the integration of ICT in the classroom. Ertmer also considers that the most effective way to change teachers’ minds and pedagogical beliefs is by supplying to their most immediate needs which should then introduce them to more technology and as it grows, students gain a greater knowledge with open and effective teachers.
Teachers need to see the positive effects of ICT rather than the negatives and how it can be efficiently integrated into classrooms. For students to have the optimal learning experience, teachers need to change their attitude and be more open to ICT.
Which learning style/s does this ICT support?
The learning style that images support is logical-mathematical, visual-spatial and interpersonal learners if used in a group setting.
How could this ICT be implemented as a good cognitive tool within the learning environment?
Images can be implemented as a good cognitive tool within the learning environment by providing discussion topics, giving students ideas and opening their eyes to things outside of their everyday life. They can be used in many situations such as the life cycle of a butterfly or explaining a math problem.
How is this ICT enabling the development of creativity?
Images enable the development of creativity by giving students new ideas and generating memories.
Ertmer, P. A. (2005). Teacher pedagogical beliefs: The final frontier in our quest for technology integration? Educational Technology Research & Development, 53(4), 25-39.
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