Below are some different types of ICT which are already of use and could be of use within a classroom environment. These can include:

  • Microsoft Power Point – This type of ICT is slowly being phased out of the classroom. Powerpoint acts as more of a teacher-driven style of learning which is very similar to a lecture form of teaching which is not what would be considered as effective learning. Students need to be the centre of the learning in the classroom and with a Powerpoint presentation students are just taking in loads of information that is likely to not sink in.

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  •  Smart Boards – More and more schools are introducing smart board technology into each and every classroom. Althought being expensive, the smart board is one of the more successful types of ICT for student centered involvement and learning. The concept of the smart board is that it is an interactive whiteboard that uses a touch sensitive screen with a projector that projects the image  onto the screen. The amazing thing is that the white board acts as a computer monitor. This allows normal functioning of what a normal PC can do with the added benefit of using this as a white board and staying up the front of the class to monitor what is going on. As demonstrated in the image below you can see how the students can become involved in classroom activity by using the smart board. It is a fun and enjoyable relatively new technology which I feel will be around for a long time.

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  • The Internet – The World Wide Web is an everyday tool which all students would be familiar with. The Internet in teaching allows students to explore and answer questions for themselves through the practise of research and ICT skills. There are many uses for the Internet in a classroom. Students can research and revise questions through websites or search engines such as Google, Wikipedia, How Stuff Works, Ask etc. Tasks in class could also include the use of an online webquest, an online quiz or even the creation of a blog site to discuss class topics or submit student work. In more of a computing based class, students can even create their own website project using programs such as Dreamweaver or iWeb.

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  • Live Scribe Pen – This new form of technology combines the workings of a camera and microphone into a normal sized pen that you use to write with. With the aid of a specialised book that contains microdots embedded in the pages the camera can record the pen strokes and their exact location on the page. The microphone records all the sounds in the room and this is synchronised with a specific section of the writing on the specialised book. This allows you to review what has been recorded by simply pressing a spot on the book to hear the recording. This product, although being very useful for lecture purposes at University, within the classroom environment I cannot see much use for one of these pens. It would mean every student requiring training of how to use this new device and let alone the cost for a pen for every student.

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  • Second Life – This is an online life simulation program where you can create an avatar (person) to look like whatever you want it to and explore the virtual world. Teachers may implement this in the classroom as an online lesson medium with the use of virtual classroom and students participating in communication with others from all over the world. I personally think this type of online program is very time consuming and uses a lot of bandwidth leading to a slow and negative computing working environment for students.

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  • Smart Phone Technology (iPhone) – This is a relatively new technology which is basically a hand held computer with phone functionality. The iPhone is a new and amazing piece of technology which can perform a wide variety of tasks with the addition of appropriate applications. One example which comes to mind is the use of the iPhone acting as a slide show remote. The teacher could use this function within the classroom to explain different concepts to the class and still be able to move around the classroom monitoring students progress. It also allows a high level of interaction with the students and the teacher is getting out of the ‘behind the desk’ style of teaching and walking around the classroom.

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  • Apple Mac Laptops Introduced in Schools – This is a recent initiative brought into schools where students are given a Mac Laptop for their remaining time in school and to keep. Students are being pushed towards the apple environment and teachers are having to learn this environment as most people are only familiar with the Microsoft environment. In schools with students all having their own laptop there are obviously positives and negatives. A few positives can include; easy access to internet within the class for educational purposes and also teachers being able to focus learning on students whilst walking around the class observing student learning. Some negatives can include battery problems if students have used the laptop all day and come to last lesson this would cause students loosing battery power, students can easily become off-track of their work in class, students will start forgetting how to spell only relying on spell check on the computer and also when exams approach will students still remember basic pen to paper writing as this is what is required in exams, no laptops!!!

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  • Document Editing – These forms of programs are used widely within schools. Both Microsoft and Apple environments have a wide range of document and database editing programs, the basics of which students need to learn. Most students these days have already some knowledge on how to use these types of programs and by doing computing based subjects, such asIST, students can be taught further skills on more complex programs such as Flash, Photoshop, Garageband etc. Document editing can be fun and enjoyable and can be taught and focused on student learning as students can learn these types of skills at their own pace and ability.

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There are obviously many other forms of ICT within the classroom. The ones I have described above are common forms found in many schooling situations. I hope to implement and use many specific forms of ICT in my future teaching career.

One Response to “Using ICT”

  1. sana000 Says:

    Students should have opportunities for free exploration, research, discussion and reflection within a range of lessons,and i think this is a great summary of just some the different types of ICT which can be use within a classroom environment.

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