According to Wikipedia, Information and communications technology (ICT) is an extensional term for information technology (IT) that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals) and computers, as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audiovisual systems, that enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate
According to Wikipedia, Information and communications technology (ICT) is an extensional term for information technology (IT) that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals) and computers, as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audiovisual systems, that enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.
Simply speaking, ICT is the transmission of information in an easier pattern using technology.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a division of the United Nations, has made integrating ICT into education part of its efforts to ensure equity and access to education. The following, taken directly from a UNESCO publication on educational ICT, explains the organization’s position on the initiative.
Information and Communication Technology can contribute to universal access to education, equity in education, the delivery of quality learning and teaching, teachers’ professional development and more efficient education management, governance and administration. UNESCO takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to promoting ICT in education. Access, inclusion and quality are among the main challenges they can address. The Organization’s Intersectoral Platform for ICT in education focuses on these issues through the joint work of three of its sectors: Communication & Information, Education and Science.
Despite the power of computers to enhance and reform teaching and learning practices, improper implementation is a widespread issue beyond the reach of increased funding and technological advances with little evidence that teachers and tutors are properly integrating ICT into everyday learning. Intrinsic barriers such as a belief in more traditional teaching practices and individual attitudes towards computers in education as well as the teachers own comfort with computers and their ability to use them all as result in varying effectiveness in the integration of ICT in the classroom.
There is some evidence that, to be effective in education, ICT must be fully integrated into the pedagogy. Specifically, when teaching literacy and math, using ICT in combination with writing to learn produces better results than traditional methods alone or ICT alone.
According to the information above, the implementation of ICT into our educational system, although very effective, is lacking the resources to show the full potential. The people in charge of teaching this particular subject are either not well trained or are unable to pass the knowledge of the subject to other people.
To be honest, the subject of ICT is still is a strange concept to us even if it’s a part of our daily lives. We have the gadgets, but we have almost no idea how to use them most times, therefore limiting our potentials for the future of technology in our country.
The solution to this is simple. The allure of ICT is almost irresistible, and the government should take advantage of this to take people to where it was developed so they can learn from the roots. When they return, they can modify it and teach it to others so it will bring about prosperity in our technological sector.
We cannot remain ignorant forever, lest it leads to our downfall. The world is everchanging and if we don’t adapt quickly, we will be swallowed whole, unable to raise our heads for a long time or forced to integrate with the much larger and developed countries. These are looming threats that shouldn’t be ignored.
Compiled by Etopaul Ayodele.