Education Eassy

Type
Essay
Pages
2
Word Count
1129
School
barry university
Course
mgt 5105
Education means considerably more than just teaching a student to read, write, and manipulate
numbers. Computers, the Internet, and advanced electronic devices are becoming essential in everyday
life and have changed the way information is gathered. How this new technology is utilized in the
curriculum and managed by teachers will have an important role to play in widening the resource and
knowledge base for all students. Technology a"ects the way teachers teach and students learn. To make
the best use of information technology (IT), schools need a workable plan to fully integrate it into all
aspects of the curriculum so students are taught how, why, and when to use technology to further
enhance their learning. If a school does not have a clear plan of how and why it wishes to implement IT,
then it runs the risk of wasting money. In schools today, nearly all classrooms have access to a computer.
However, many schools mistake this as incorporating information technology into the curriculum. School
sta" need to research what IT is available and what would best serve the school's purpose, not simply
purchase the latest equipment. There should be a policy stating how IT is going to assist pupils'
development and what teachers want pupils to achieve (Reksten, 2000). Sta" members need to be clear
about what they want IT to do for them before they can start incorporating it into their lessons. The only
way information technology is going to be useful to schools is if all sta" members are well-informed and
fully supported. It is the principal's responsibility, and should be part of the school's plan, to ensure that
all sta" are consulted about the changes, and that the change is carefully organised. Some teachers may
be resistant, especially if they have not had much experience with computers, so training teachers is
essential in implementing IT into the school curriculum. Sta" members must feel involved in the process
of acquiring technology, and in learning how to operate it, in order for them to increase their confidence
in using IT as a curriculum tool. Teachers are only going to be able to incorporate IT into their lessons if
they are competent users themselves (Reksten, 2000). In addition, teachers need to be aware that IT
within the classroom is extremely .exible, but that they need to plan what purpose IT serves in each
lesson. The skills a child learns are the Comment [de1]: Structure: Introductions The essay begins with a