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Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Schools in Cyprus . Philippos Pouyioutas, Vice Rector Emilios Solomou, Campus Director University of Nicosia/Intercollege. SOCRATES PROGRAMME Bridging Insula Europae 134214-LLL-1-2007-IT-COMENIUS-CMP. Research. The research conducted through
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Philippos Pouyioutas, Vice Rector
Emilios Solomou, Campus Director
University of Nicosia/Intercollege
Bridging Insula Europae
has shown that ICT is adequately used in the Educational System of Cyprus.
Internet: Research, find information, filter information, check for validity of information
software and hardware used for quizzes / tests; the students answer questions with a remote control. All remote controls are numbered. On the class projection screen every remote control corresponds to a rocket. If a student answers a question correctly his rocket moves forward (Rocket race). Students learn having fun. Teachers can correct and analyze results easily.
Spreadsheet to solve problems – in accounting, physics, small scale simulations
Interactive boards. Teachers can get the attention of the students easier than using traditional methods.
Projectors, PowerPoint presentations and multimedia are used by teachers to deliver their lessons.
School administration: A DBMS is used for keeping information and creating reports about students, teachers and classes.
A custom made software is used by students to vote for the student council
A custom made software is used for evaluation purposes
Teachers need to be trained
Teachers need to be supported
Teachers need to adjust their lessons
Classes need to be shaped and equipped in a different way
Schools have to employ more computer professionals
Parents/teachers may feel left behind
Technology is expensive
Training is needed. Not all teachers are competent computer users.
Time is needed to prepare lessons using technology – teachers may not have the time to do so.
Resistance to change.
ICT is widely used in Private Schools for teaching/learning and administrative work
Teachers and students are motivated and willing to adopt ICT teaching/learning
Private Schools invest heavily in ICT
Barriers still exist but the will is there to overcome them
EIT E-Learning Portal (English for Information Technology Students) http://www.english-it.eu/
Web-Based School Administration System based on the University of Nicosia Faculty/Student Intranet www.facultyintranet.intercol.edu, www.intranet.unic.ac.cy/default.asp