Use of information and communication technology in teaching was apart from being enjoyable and reducing the workload of the teacher very effective in teaching (Anderson, 1997). This is because, students tend to learn better through visual display more than sitting in class and listening to verbal communication (Liverpool, 2002).
The application of ICTs in classroom is therefore paramount in effective teaching and dissemination of information to learners. The cost of some of the ICT tools may be expensive but I believe it is worth spending and investing on such application rather than stocking books which are cumbersome and boring to use in classrooms (Dladla & Moon, 2002). The applicability of the different tools of ICT enables learners to apply them in different sectors of learning. One of my coursemates, she suggested some of the applications such as animoto (Create a short DVD), Digital microscope (It is some type of magnifier/ battery free device to use with a computer with a USB port. It could be use to capture or video recording), edudoggy ( David Jones recommended), etc.
Whoa, I like the digital microscope. It’s amazing tho. Joyce, you should look at this. You will definitely love it. =)
BingLee, one of my coursemate, she also agree that integrate interactive whiteboard could used to transform teaching and children’s learning. For instance, the application of White boards allowed learners to handle different engaged tasks. This also enhances the whole learning process more effectively (Leach, Ahmed, Makalima, & Power, 2005).
Anderson, J. (1997). Integrating ICT and Other Technologies in Teacher Education: Trends, Issues and Guiding Principles. Infoshare: Sources and Resources Bulletin, pp. 33-35.
Dladla, N., & Moon, B. (2002). Challenging the assumptions about teacher education and training in Sub-Saharan Africa: a new role for open learning and ICT. Paper presented at the Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning.
Leach, J., Ahmed, A., Makalima, S., & Power, T. (2005). DEEP IMPACT: an investigation of the use of information and communication technologies for teacher education in the global south. London: DFID.
Liverpool, L. S. O. (2002). Information and communication technology in teacher education. In Teacher Education in Nigeria: Past Present and Future – Proceedings of the First Teachers’ Summit. Kaduna: National Teachers’ Institute.