Incorporate Technology in Classrooms: Introduce ICT in Education

As the advent of laptops and broadband services have given a whole new meaning to innovation in technology and access to internet, ample of people these days, from across the globe are spending more time online, performing different chores like e-shopping and boosting their entrepreneurial activities from the comfort zone of their home. The list is not just limited to that, but also listening to radio, playing e-games, using social media sites, or chats online with their loved ones, all that also falls in this category. If we look meticulously, each one of us has one active email account on Yahoo, Google and Hotmail. Moreover youngsters are seen to be more inclined towards internet addiction these days, particularly towards the latest inventions like iPad and the other newest forms of technology.

We mostly use technology either to have fun, to stay in connection with our loved ones or for business purposes, but have you ever wondered how often have we used it in our education? Are your school systems and technology advanced enough that your children are submitting their assignments through email or online? Are your teachers so up-to-date with the latest technology that they are taking help of presentations and documentaries available online to teach students from primary and secondary levels instead of just adhering to the allocated syllabus and documentaries? Most probably you must’ve never pondered over it! Before we shed light over why not, we must first look into why we should use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) into our classrooms.

When integrated into classrooms ICT does not only add immense value to the quality of your teaching but also offers a holistic learning experience for pupils. This form of technology makes education much easier and visual for children, saves their time, and opens more avenues for young scholars to make their assignments more creatively and productively. If incorporated wisely into the system, this form of technology can make complicated and trivialized concepts more comprehensible and simple for children. Moreover this facility will also give them the opportunity to become a part of the IT village globally, improving their communication and technical skills.

ICT also makes any topic more interesting, as teachers get a wide-selection of pictures, movies, spreadsheets and the online quizzes to conduct with their lesson plans. With the interactive classroom sessions and student participation one can be certain that this technology elevates the prospects for any institution of producing well-informed and tech savvy individuals who are enough competent enough to survive in the saturated job market of the 21st century.

This brings our attention to the fact that if ICT can help a teaching system that much then why it hasn’t been incorporated yet. This is perhaps because many teachers treat ICT as a stand-alone activity. They don’t consider it important enough to make it a part of their lesson plans and the curriculum. Most of the teachers even these days prefer using a white board or a black board to explain all the topics. This conventional way of teaching certainly works. However students face innumerable dilemmas in memorizing the concepts for longer time spans and forget them as soon as their term gets over.

It would be better if teachers encourage children to participate into online activities, graphs, videos, templates, databases, graphs, and presentations in their lesson plans to make all the explanations more clear and engaging. Such resources are conveniently available on various educational portals that are user-friendly and offer convenient services to the users.

Students can also be encouraged to write online essays, reports, observations and essays. With the latest invention of Google Pixel it has now become more convenient for them to plan, organize, draft and proof read their present work and save it with minimal errors.

With ICT the most boring subjects like mathematics and science can also bring life to their most boring lessons. For example instead of drawing the pie and bar charts on the whiteboard, which are mostly not even clear, they can garner data online or through textbooks and MS Word and explain it through charts on PowerPoint or Word to give in-depth details to students on a particular topic. On their end also this will help them to represent their data professionally in different colleges, universities, and various other work places in the longer term in their career.

If practiced rationally, ICT can reshape the face of entire education system. However to achievement of this goal requires meticulous planning of the structure that can bring positive difference in the ways our students learn.

Did You Know About Fish Smarty? Educational Portal With Many Interactive Games

Moving on to serious things, I recently found Fish Smarty and I must say that I am sorry I have not had something like this when I was little. No problem though, because I’ve recovered now: I stayed for over an hour and I played on the site, I saw the characters, what they know to do, what educational games are on site and what are the most colorful!

For those of you who are on the run and do not have time to discover the wonders themselves, I will tell you in the best way I can.

Fish Smarty is an interactive place where they gathered all the most beautiful games, comic books and drawings for the children, a kind of educational portal for children aged between 3 and 9 years that provides education through fun and laughter. In other words, children feel that they play, in fact what they do, but you parents, you can rest assured that playing is actually pure education.

At the end of exercises / games, results are noted to be able to see trends, but far from being boring notes to offend anyone, there are three levels of assessment: Good, Better and Fantastic. Oh, and it sounds so much better in this way to the final assessment right?

Meet the teachers

1 – Fish Smarty: It is an explorer who likes to discover and find new things all the time.

2 – Albert: Fish Smarty’s best friend, always next to Fish Smarty on adventures, though it fails every time to jump in to help, but often even distracted.

3 – Bernard: A true gentleman who comes from England and who can solve any problem, no matter how difficult. I can tell you about his secret talent: He loves to cook!

4 – Sarah: It’s a bit shy, but in all the adventures of the game, the characters have much to learn from it.

5 – Amy: It’s mature and very wise and often gives important tips to others.

6 – Fred: Fred is the mentor team provides that whenever it is needed “guidance” needed adventurers.

7 – Chad: Chad is left many times outside the adventure. He is too concerned about who does what, that no longer has time for his adventures.

8 – Antonio: As in any case there must be someone who sticks wheel-n characters. In this case is him, Antonio!

9 – Lotski: Lotski crew lead all the adventures around the world.

Now that you know what it is and that we all made friends with the characters, I can tell you that everyone has a well established role and with them “on screen” children will learn a lot of things.

To play, learn and get diploma or became the next smarty super star on Smarty Hall of fame, you can choose one of the three packages available, as desired: package for one month for six months or a year.

What do you think about Fish Smarty? Have you tried the educational portal by now?

Is E Learning the Future of Education?

The idea of E-Learning is the in depth way of education through the Internet. Scientific research reveals that the best way of learning are the mix and match of three modes. Namely Instructor Led, Web Based and Computer Based. The popular terms are ILT, WBT and CBT. Demands of careers in this highly complex world have lead us to the option of eLearning. The reach of the Internet has really improved our learning opportunities. The forums and online helps have made eLearning real time. The laptop has given one the opportunity to enhance their skills even while traveling.

The time requirements of ILT has put it slightly below in the common mode of learning. The lack of upgrades in case of CBT has not allowed it to top the list. Even with CBT having the flexibility of carrying heavier graphics and movies. The convenience factor in eLearning has been fueled by the factor of eLearning at one’s own pace. The ability to learn at their own residence has made eLearning a more flexible way of education.

What can be learned through eLearning? The answer in one word is anything. Some sites may teach Computers and programming. There are sites that will provide education in business management. At some sites, you can learn about cooking and food preparation. There are sites today, who are teaching even agriculture or maybe e-security. What if you are tired at the end of the day and you are feeling the stress on you. You know it has started affecting your personal life. You can find a course in Stress Management to help you cope. The cost of such a course may well be under $100.00. Cheap when you consider how stress affects you life.

Sun, Oracle, and Microsoft have been continuing their online education for years. Many educational portals have come up in recent years including some top companies coming up with their own eLearning sites. These sites are being used to further the education of their current employees. They are often structured in fields where finding individuals with education on these subjects is difficult.

ELearning caters to the need of the age group between 6 and 65. Maybe a homemaker cannot find time for the formal education. On the other hand, say senior executive of a multi-national firm feels uncomfortable attending courses with the junior people. Then eLearning is a great solution for him or her to accomplish further education and enhance their knowledge base.