ICT in curriculum and pedagogical transformation
This presentation will address the benefits of using IWBs for teaching and learning. An overview of the benefits of using IWBs are: better time management, faster lesson preparation, access to many resources, different learning styles, resources can be modified and improved, lessons can be easily prepared and managed, exchangeable resources with other teachers, new techniques of lesson delivery, student motivation & engagement, increased student participation, easier to control student behavior, ability to learn more in a shorter time, and better interaction and communication.
Online communities and technologies are providing opportunities for new ways of learning and working which are more collaborative. Collaboration in open communities involves contention between different perspectives. This requires new approaches to finding signal in noise. It is important to have a clear and public process for developing and checking against a goal to give context and 'fit for purpose' criteria for community contributions.
Previous studies of teachers' use of the internet for professional development and for teaching have demonstrated two contrasting issues. Some studies have argued that there is a need to provide professional development to help teachers to integrate the Internet into teaching. Others suggest that teachers should take responsibility for upgrading their knowledge using the Internet, and that the main task of governments is to provide the infrastructure, including educational websites.
There is considerable research that graphic organisers, such as Kidspiration, enable early-middle years students to develop 21st century information problem solving skills. This is because students can combine pictures, text and spoken words to represent their thoughts and information. Up until now the focus has been upon the areas of idea generation and literacy and not mathematics. At the same time many of the mathematics software titles available on the market have focused on lower order skills and drill and practice activities.