A final note

Years ago one could never imagine that active learning could take place straight from your home desk.  IT in education has, and still is rapidly developing and expanding, revealing itself through new learning programs, apps, YouTube, user interfaces and smartphones.

The importance of information systems is undoubtedly noticeable and has contributed so much to individuals, businesses and societies. Thus the awareness of information systems is vital.

With the availability of so many platforms there should be no excuse as to why lecturers, students, teachers and institutions themselves should be not using these advances in technology to their advantage. The reasons as to why everyone should be aware or have some knowledge about information systems are staring us all in the face every single day. We just have to take a very good look around.

Author – Nyles Jacobs

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Smartphones, the future of education?

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Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives.  We use them for everything, from phone calls, to surfing the internet, to taking photos. With their compactness and impressive processing power it’s no wonder they can aid in education.

Many schools are starting to integrate smartphones into classroom activities; some even have a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy. Smartphones in classrooms can help students either with or without disabilities, with so many educational apps such as: voice dictation, flash cards, study schedulers; all of which can help increase productivity.

Smartphones can improve the classroom experience by making it more interactive, by enabling students to turn their smartphones into “clickers”, so as to participate in activities such as: class polling, quizzes, and backchanneling.

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The smartphones being so portable and integral to modern everyday life are invaluable as they allow students to research at the swipe of a finger and allow for learning outside of the four walls of the classroom.

Smartphones can be beneficial in the classroom for many reasons: instant internet access for research, taking a picture of the day’s work for reference later, taking short videos or voice recordings during lectures, keeping track of schedules, access to email, etc.  However, smartphones can be a negative, as they are potentially distracting, can be used in cheating, and students without access to smartphones could be left out of important classroom interactions, they may also be difficult to integrate into traditional education. Teachers can use smartphones for file sharing, uploading class notes, and even taking attendance.

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Even though it seems like the best and most obvious step forward, the question still has to be asked and answered. Will smartphones be a hindrance or a help in the long run?

Below are videos about technology in education:

Author – Natasha Ravera

 

Links:

(http://www.core.co.za/ipad-education/)

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-HIWzuDM7w)

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Ly1FOHIa4)

 

 

References:

1.Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Mobile Phones in Classrooms. (2012). http://www.smartschools.ph/tools/teacherresources/12-03-05/Advantages_and_Disadvantages_of_Using_Mobile_Phones_in_Classrooms.aspx

2.Carey, J. (2012). Teaching with Smartphones. The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from http://plpnetwork.com/2012/11/21/teaching-smartphones/

3.Casey-Rowe, D. (2013). Smartphones In The Classroom: Working Smarter, Not Harder.  Retrieved April 21, 2016, from http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/technology/smartphones-in-the-classroom-working-smarter-not-harder/

4.Hennessy, M.A. (n.d.). Using Smartphones (and other PDAs) in Class: These Days, it’s Cool! Retrieved April 20, 2016, from http://lessonplanspage.com/using-smartphones-and-other-pdas-in-class-these-days-its-cool/

5.Smartphones as Tools for Education: Getting Smart With Smartphones. (n.d.). Retrieved April 21, 2016, from https://www.ecyclebest.com/resources/smartphones-as-tools-for-education

 

Images:

(http://suefrantz.com/2011/07/10/socrative-turn-student-smartphones-into-clickers/)

(http://btclounge.blogspot.co.za/2013/06/smartphones-in-classroom.html)

Information Technology in Education

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

 References:

1.www.info.gov.hk/archive/consult/2004/wayforward-e.pdf

2.https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/pub7203.pdf