Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School

Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School

Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School

Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School

Synopsis

The internet and other forms of ICT are changing teaching practice and learning in the UK and Europe. This book introduces teachers to the range of ways in which ICT can be used to support and extend the teaching and learning opportunities.

Excerpt

The ā€˜Cā€™ in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) stands for communications. Linking computers through telecommunications networks allows teachers and pupils around the world to send text and pictures to each other with ease. Through computers connected to the internet, you and your pupils can communicate with pupils, teachers, subject experts and people from all walks of life in a way never before possible. Even where the resources are not obtainable in schools, teachers are using resources available through the local communities; for example, in homes, public libraries and local companies, to gain access to international electronic educational networks. So the networked computer-based technology now available is different in its application in the classroom to the lone computer, which in many classrooms has been an underused resource for years. In this text, we introduce you to a range of ways that teachers are using ICT to support and extend the teaching and learning opportunities in their classrooms.

In writing this book, we are very aware that practice in teaching and learning in UK schools could change radically if the teaching profession grasped the opportunities available through the use of the internet and other forms of communication technology; for example, digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, video conferencing, voice-operated software and read-back options on software. But we are also aware that there is political pressure on teachers to move swiftly to more internet and web-based work in schools. Teachers around the world are feeling this pressure as governments produce statements about how their teaching force is to work with this sort of technology. In the UK this is demonstrated through the National Grid for Learning and the Virtual Teacher Centre. Similar European initiatives can be accessed through the European SchoolNet site and Commonwealth initiatives through the CENSE site.

It is not possible for us, in a book this size, to cover all aspects of ICT. We do not cover every curriculum area in the same detail - we hope that the book will give teachers ideas which they can adapt and apply in their own situation. Nor do we cover special educational needs in depth. However, this is covered in the companion text, Learning to Teach with ICT in the Secondary School. There are many controversies over the use of ICT in schools. The intention of this book is to share ideas. Teachers wishing to enter professional debates about the use of ICT in schools are invited to join the online professional communities which are introduced in Chapter 1.

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