The ultimate goal of the implementation of information technology (IT) in education is to support all individuals involved. IT has the capability to meet the needs of schools and provide quality education, which will apply to obtaining lifelong skills.
IT is beneficial to students as it assists them in collecting all available resources and exploring new learning mediums. This involves using IT as a manner to stimulate creative thinking and learning. Students are able acquire new IT skills that can inspire new careers. Teachers can now use this tool to setup a suitable environment for interactive learning. By using it effectively teachers can reconcile the student, parent and academic work. The integration of IT in the syllabus criteria can make it easy for educators to compile exams and tests for students.
Achieving complete success when implementing this idea, support structures need to be set in place i.e. – leadership from the government- as they will be providing all the necessary resources. This would include maintenance and necessary training of educators, the use the relevant software and technology including the development of new software that are especially made for primary and secondary learners. Support should be provided to school heads as they will be taking upon the role of mentors of the change.
With regards to taking schools diversity in consideration, there should still be a school based readiness and flexibility towards the implementation. Once having overcome all possible barriers and already having solutions set for problems that may arise, IT in education can be beneficial for all societies.
Author – Ayanda Pietersen