The major and most significant role of Information and Communication Technology, ICT in education is its contribution to education in the 21st century and its enhancement in distance learning. ICT has created an opportunity for effective interactions between teachers and learners and has made learning easier for students, even at the comfort of their homes. Though this is applicable in all level of education but it is well employed in the higher level of education in every society. Activities in the higher institutions has shown greater dependence on ICT and have engaged in the increasing use of ICT, resulting in significant changes to teaching and learning.
The traditional mode of delivering lectures in our schools have changed over time and it is being eroded and replaced by a more advanced, sophisticated and effective method through the use of ICT in the higher level of education. Every other level is absorbing the method of ICT into their teaching-learning process, leading to quality education in the 21st century.
The use of ICT has not only just improved the classroom teaching and learning process, but the overall method of E-Learning. The significant turnaround that can be expected from integrating ICT into the school teaching teaching-learning process is highly immeasurable.
Although there are a whole bunch of benefits that may be derived from the in integration of ICT into the school learning system, below are seven (7) ways in which ICT has developed the learning system:
The Teachers – Students interaction
The introduction of ICT in schools for learning has in a large way enhanced the leaning process in schools. It is now very for teachers to prepare lesson materials for learners in any part of the world. ICT integration also gives the teachers an opportunity to get feedbacks from leaners in a timely manner.
It provides an opportunity for teachers and students to have access to a wealth of knowledge
The integration of internet also furnishes the students with an opportunity to the biggest and most easily accessible library information. This has been a major source of information in our schools, especially the higher institution. For example, sites like the Wikipedia houses a great well of knowledge for both teachers and students/learners. The Google is also a vital tool, that takes you anywhere, through your search. Others are Bing, Yahoo, Ask, etc.
It exposes teachers and learners to the acquire skills in ICT software and hardware
As ICT is being extensively integrated into the learning system, and as a major method of teaching and learning, teachers and learners now have the responsibility of getting themselves familiarized with the various tools required to make this possible, the Software and Hardware. This is the most fundamental aspect of using ICT to teach and to learn. And the frequent use of these software helps the learners and teachers gain a deeper know ledge of it and move from beginners’ level to intermediate and eventually, the advanced level in the use of the software.
It exposes teachers and learners to innovation
It is absolutely clear that the things we do every time, we will want to develop a better and an easier way to get them done, that is innovation. This is a situation that is expected to occur with the teachers and learners as they keep practicing an ICT integrated method of learning in schools and other places.
ICT enhances the quality and accessibility of Education.
ICT increases the flexibility of delivering lessons, so that the learners have access to the learning material at anytime and from anywhere. The learning process may even be self-paced, learner-driven instead of being teacher-driven. This in turn will provide an opportunity for leaners to acquire ultimate knowledge from the resources available in a particular learning management system. This flexibility has given every learner, the opportunity to learn, especially those who were originally prevented by some commitments.
It provides room for an effective school management
Integrating ICT into the school management system will also provide the school with the ability to adequately and effectively manage the school activities, without having to little offices with files and documents and have the information available at anytime and anywhere. The information stored this way is also easily modified by eligible personnel. The information may also be easily transferred from one table or office to another, without having to get up from your seat. There’s also safety of the data, as It may be backed up in the cloud. ICT integration takes management system of the school into a whole new level.
It gives parents an opportunity to actively interact with the children learning platform It gives parents an opportunity to actively interact with the children learning platform and to be familiar with the form and standard of education their children are getting. Especially for parents who are too busy to even go through their children’s books after they return from school. With the ICT integrated form of learning, the parents can do assess the child’s work and education at any time and from anywhere through their mobile devices or any other internet-enabled device with internet connection. The parents and guardians will therefore, have the ability to fully monitor students or ward’s learning development from anywhere with the aid of their internet-enabled device. Other activities that may be very well beneficial, and smoothen parents-school relationship and interaction is the ease in financial transaction that may be done seamlessly from anywhere.