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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs): Understanding Opportunities and Limitations. Gregory C. Sales, Ph.D. President and CEO. ICT Opportunities & Limitations. Why use ICT for education?. Provides instruction where it otherwise might not be available
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs): Understanding Opportunities and Limitations Gregory C. Sales, Ph.D. President and CEO
ICT Opportunities & Limitations Why use ICT for education? • Provides instruction where it otherwise might not be available • Ensures instruction is consistent regardless of teachers’ knowledge or skill • Engages learners with the technology of today and helps them develop the skills they will need in the workplace
ICT Opportunities & Limitations What technologies are included in ICT? Traditional • Telephone/fax • Radio • Television • Videotape Emerging • MDA/smart phone • Digital audio player • Interactive DVD • Computer • Network • Web
ICT Opportunities & Limitations What are the advantages and disadvantages of using each form of ICT? Traditional • Telephone • Radio • Television • Videotape Emerging • MDA/phone • MP3 players • Interactive DVD • Computers • Networks • Web
ICT Opportunities & Limitations What Factors need to be considered to determine: Durability Reusability Sustainability • Ruggedized • Environment-proof • Low-maintenance • Accessible • No consumables • Not time-based • Champion • Affordable • Within capability
ICT Opportunities & Limitations What Factors need to be considered to determine whether the ICT: Should be scaled-up Can be scaled-up
ICT Opportunities & Limitations Scenario 1: Oman Online Teacher Training In an effort to make secondary school graduates more competitive for international higher education and workforce positions, the country has undertaken education reforms that include the application of new teaching methods in secondary schools. The urgency of this initiative requires that thousands of teacher across the country be quickly trained.
ICT Opportunities & Limitations Scenario 2: Malawi Pre-Service DVDs Teacher Education Programs are offered at a handful of post-secondary settings throughout the country. Instructors at these institutions often are in their positions for only a few years. Because of the very high demand for replacement teachers, pre-service education is very brief.
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