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The benefits of using ICT in the classroom

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Transcript of The benefits of using ICT in the classroom

Let’s start by taking a look at a few aspects that impact learning within the school.
Let's take a look at the specific ways in which ICT will enhance the learning of your child.
The benefits of using
ICT in the classroom

How using
ICT
will

enhance
and
transform


student learning experiences.

So what exactly is ICT
The acronym
"
ICT
" stands for
I
nformation &
C
ommunication
T
echnology
and is used to communicate, create, disseminate, store and manage information” (Blurton, 2002, p.1).
These include:
The curriculum
Available resources
The students
The teaching methods
Curriculum
The curriculum is a resource used by teachers which identifies

what
teachers will
teach
and
what
students will
learn
at each stage of their schooling life.






Currently, the school uses the
National Australian Curriculum
(ACARA) which can be located at
http://www.acara.edu.au/default.asp
Available resources
Within our class:
1 smart board
3 iPads
3 desktop computers
2 laptops
1 projector
Within our school:
Computer lab with 30 desktop computers
5 CD player
5 digital cameras
3 Video cameras
Nature of the students
In the class we have 26 students; 15 female and 11 male.

Students are between 11 and 12 years of age.

The majority of students have a strong understanding of mathematical concepts however the bulk of the class requires further assistance in developing English skills and strategies to aid reading, writing and comprehension.

70% of students come from homes that include computers, Internet and other technology resources that they use on a regular basis.

Attendance rate of the students, during the first term was at a low 64%.
Teaching methods
To ensure all students are actively engaged in their learning, a wide range of teaching approaches are incorporated. These include:
Problem based learning
– active, hands on learning where students investigate real world problems
Cooperative learning
– students work together to achieve a common learning goal
Constructivism
– students use resources to further develop their current knowledge
Inquiry based learning

– allowing students to self- direct their learning as they investigate independently and creatively.



Students collaboratively construct their own knowledge
and
Apply their understanding in a real-world context


(Herrington & Kervin, 2007)
ICT creates an authentic learning experience where:
ICT has become a crucial factor and learning tool both at home and in the classroom.

With information more readily accessible through digital books, websites and apps, students are required to engage technology daily.
This is clearly evident by the significant number of students in the class who engage with technology on a regular basis.

So how can we create an authentic learning environment to enhance students learning?

Education Queensland (DATE) recommends the implementation of the
1-to-1 program
to enhance authenticity within the learning environment.

This program is designed to create an authentic learning experience by:
Providing students with their own personal portal computer
Using computers in attempt to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Rossmoyne Primary School currently implements the one-to-one program within the year 5,6 and 7 cohorts.

The school has found that the program has significantly increased the authenticity with their student’s learning by providing:

Access to a range of up to date information and resources
Skills in research, analyzing, problem soling and critical thinking
Basic ICT skills necessary for a career within the 21st century

Therefore, the use of ICT (specifically the one-to-one program) in classrooms will enhance learning by providing an authentic learning experience where students can participate in activities that are relevant and connected to the real world (Cutshall, 2001).
More information about the implementation of the on-to-one program at Rossmoyne Primary can be found at:
http://rossmoyneps.wa.edu.au/uploads/newsletters/FAQ.pdf

ICT provides a means of assistance for the students in developing literacy understanding.
Literacy is currently an
area within the curriculum that students within the year 6 cohort need to improve on.

So how can we create a learning environment that will assist students in building their understanding of literacy?
Through the use of ICT, teachers are able to create flexible teaching approaches that increase student-learning opportunities in literacy.
Currently, a large number of schools in the United Kingdom are attempting to incorporate ICT within their classes to enhance and transform student’s understanding of literacy.

How?
Students use ICT to:
- Research information
- Present information
- Communicate through visual and auditory language

Through their experiences
teachers have found that ICT:
Enhanced learning in ways that other teaching strategies were not able to do.
Motivated and engaged students in their learning
Allowed students to feel confident in their work
Created a rich learning experience
Assisted students in developing an understanding of the relevance of literacy in their every day lives

Therefore
The use of ICT in literacy will provide students with access to a wide range of resources that will assist them in their individual stage of learning, helping to create life long literacy skills and understanding.
More information about the use of ICT in literacy can be found at:
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151715/http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/8006-DCSF-Beyond%20Engagement.pdf

Australia's Educational Ministers maintain that "in this digital age, young people need to be
highly skilled
in the use of ICT ."
(MCEETYA, 2008, p 5)
But
how
will ICT enhance student learning?
Now...
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