The emergence of the internet has brought efficiencies to all aspects of life by making everything we do quicker and easier. Be it in the office, school, at home or on the road, the use of information communication technology (ICT) in one form or another has become important to us all.
At school, ICT can be leveraged to great effect if there are reliable computers and a steady internet connection. This is enough to deliver a fulfilling learning experience to students in almost any subject you can think of. Virtual classrooms make it possible for students and teachers to interact on line, from anywhere and at any time. Having access to the internet means that students can tap into an astonishing amount of information on any subject imaginable, and in so many forms be it online encyclopedias such as Wikipedia, images, video, discussion forums, podcasts and more.
There are many dedicated learning platforms such as the popular Moodle, which enables students to submit and receive their assignments online. This virtual classroom has an automated system that promotes efficiency by monitoring the due dates of assignments and rejecting late work without fuss or negotiation, giving students the incentive to manage their time wisely. This is proving to be beneficial for students and teachers alike.
On the flipside however, ICT also has the potential to be abused and detract from the learning experience as students use the internet for non-work purposes. This includes using social media such as Facebook or instant messengers such as Whatsapp. Students might download harmful software such as viruses, or inappropriate media content such as pornography – something every parent wants to safeguard their children from. Universities and schools must deploy web filters that block unproductive websites from opening during learning hours. Students must also be briefed on what is appropriate and inappropriate when connecting to the internet.
It is recommended therefore that each school and university contacts an ICT firm to obtain direction and guidance in this area. This will ensure enhanced learning which is safe, secure, reliable and efficient. Every learning institution wants to be the best it can, and nowadays a rounded education must include exposure to the dynamic, innovative, crucial and exciting world of ICT. Let’s get all our students online today!
Neil Padmore is the director of Frampol. Frampol is a cutting edge technology solutions provider. Get a free consultation with us on getting the ideal ICT technology for your educational institution. We make IT work!