Sunday, March 8, 2015
According to the source from website , ICT ( information and communications technology ) is an umbrella term that includes any communication or application which encompassing radio, television, cellular phones, satellite systems, computer and network hardware or software and so on ( www.searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/sDefinition/ ). From the computing dictionary, ICT is the study of technology used to handle information and aid communication ( www.dictionary.refrence.com ).
Nowadays, ICT is rapidly developing in many of countries which due to the globalization and technological change. For teachers like me, ICT has improved my effectiveness on the teaching process which in turn could help my student to enhance their educational performance. I really have full of benefits from ICT. So, I am depending on it too much. Aside from teaching pupils, teachers do really have many paper works but because of ICT, these works become easier. For example, from handwritten to computerized lesson plans with the use of computers. When filling out school forms, computing grades of pupils and ranking of honors, computers are big help. In terms of teaching, instead of everyday writing on the board with the use of chalk or writing the lesson on a manila paper, I would rather use a simple power point or a video presentation to discuss a lesson. It helps me a lot in the discussion. Pupils are eager and motivated to learn when there is a presence of technology. This kind of instructional materials can be conserved for the future use.
As an ICT Coordinator, I know that I have a bigger role than the others. I make and type reports. I search DepEd Memorandum for school. I print documents. I lay out programs for activities. I attend meetings. I echo seminars to my co-teachers. I manage our school’s (LIS) Learner Information System. And through the help of ICT, I can accomplish all these things.
ICT is everywhere. One person would not move from the house without using ICT. He can order something to eat by telephone. He can also buy clothes by Internet. This kind of service is used delivery system, so he doesn’t need to move from his house. This is one of benefits of technology called transportation. If I do not have a cellphone, it’s too inconvenient for me. I can’t talk to my co-teachers/friends/family who lives far away from our house. If I don’t have a TV/radio, I can’t get information about the happenings in the world and I can’t share it to my pupils. In my job as a teacher, I use the Internet to connect everything. However, I need to consider that eye contact, face expression, and physical touch are very important to human beings.
I hope technology never stops. It’s a big help for all of us. I like to know about the new advances, and I would like to learn more for me to share it to everyone.
Friday, March 6, 2015
ICTs stand for information and communication technologies and are defined, for the purposes of this primer, as a “diverse set of technological tools and resources used to communicate, and to create, disseminate, store, and manage information.”4 These technologies include computers, the Internet, broadcasting technologies (radio and television), and telephony
(Antonio, 2002). The
term ICTs involves multimedia, the Internet or the Web, as a medium to enhance
instruction or as a replacement for other media
in the early 1980s, the term ‘computers’ was replaced by ‘IT’ (Information
Technology) which mean a shift from computing technology to the capacity to
store and retrieve information. Hence, the term ‘ICT’ (information and
communication technology) was brought forward around 1992 (Forcier, 2003). Using information
and communication technology in foreign language teaching and learning has been
very common. Technology provides various usages which are really helpful in
creating a new era of classroom. The use of new and modern tools of technology
in the class is optimized to create and maintain a more effective classroom. According
to (Moursund, 2005) by optimizing the functional
technology using, there are chances to build stimulating learning environments
which is much needed to get an optimal teaching and learning process. We
already know that the functions of ICT are really useful to help the teacher to
create a better atmosphere for language class in simpler ways.
Technology (internet) can be the most effective way to increase the student’s knowledge. Being aware of the significant role of ICT (internet) in our life, especially in the educational activities, education authorities should be wise enough in implementing the strategies to empower ICT in supporting the teaching and learning process in the classroom.
ICT is not just the bloom of the educational activities, but also it will be the secondary option to improve the effective and meaningful educational process.
influence of ICT, especially internet (open source tool) cannot be ignored in
our student’s lives. So, the learning activities should be reoriented and
reformulated, from the manual source centred to the open source ones. In this
case the widely use of internet access has been an unavoidable policy that
should be anticipated by schools authorities. The presence of multimedia
games and online games by internet has been another serious problem that should
be wisely handled by the educational institutions.
Conventional classroom, where the teacher explaining in front of the class and students sit on their chair to listen their teacher explaining the lesson, is no longer becoming the only place to hold the teaching-learning process. Now, class is not only possible to be held in a room. Through internet, teachers and students can meet in virtual room for the class. In the virtual classroom students can be stimulated to discuss and express their opinion or question in written text, so they do not intent to feel ashamed to each other.
(Kearsley) study of five primary schools found
that children's sustained engagement with using computers in education was significantly
affected by other factors in the classroom.
I absolutely agree that ICT is really helpful to teachers as well as the students. ICT, in many ways, facilitates students to learn: providing source, stimulating student’s skills, supporting independent learning, and many more. That is how ICT works in our everyday living!
Antonio, V. L. (2002). ICT in Education. New York.
Cunningham, C. (n.d.). Instructional Technology for Teachers. Couewise Publishing Inc.
Forcier, R. C. (2003). Historical and Social Contexts for Computer use. In R. C. Forcier, The Computer as an Educational Tool (p. 19). Prentice Hall.
Kearsley, G. (n.d.). Online Education: Learning and Teaching in Cyberspace. Wadsworth.
Moursund, D. (2005). Introduction to Information and Communication Technology in Education. Oregon: The Free Press.