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Ict in Maths Education

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ISSUES & TRENDS IN PRIMARY MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

ICT IN EDUCATION

ICT IN EDUCATION
 ICTs includes the following
 radio  TV  computers  internet  satellite technologies

 ICTs help to
 expand access to

education  strengthen the relevance of education  raise educational quality

A WORD OF CAUTION
 The full realization of the potential

educational benefits of ICTs is not automatic.  The effective integration of ICTs into the educational system requires
   

suitable technology curriculum & pedagogy teacher competencies institutional readiness

SOME OF THE CHALLENGES
The effective integration of ICTs  Technology – accessible & suitable
 hardware – computer labs, notebooks, computers  software eg GSP, Mathematica etc

 Curriculum & pedagogy
 curriculum that emphasises technology

 Teacher competencies
 must provide teachers with technical support

 Institutional readiness
 policies & environment

ICT IN MATHS ED: BENEFITS
 ICTs expand access to education
 Asynchronous learning – not everything has to be

done face-to-face; anytime, anywhere  Access to remote learning resources – the internet allows access to digital libraries, materials, researchers etc

ICT IN MATHS ED: BENEFITS
 ICTs prepare students for the workplace
 Technological literacy – pupils gain an important

competitive edge in the modern world  ICTs also promote other 21st century skills – eg inventive thinking ie creative use of info, being responsible in using resources

ICT IN MATHS ED: BENEFITS
 ICTs improve the quality of education
 Increases pupils’ motivation and engagement –

video clips, animation attract pupils  Improves pupils’ basic skills – teachers can use repetitive cycles & reinforcement  Enhances quality of teacher training – online tutorials for teachers, tele-conferencing etc are available

ICT IN MATHS ED: BENEFITS
 Teachers can create student-centred learning

environments easily
 Active learning – use of charts and graphs to

display collected data can enhance pupil inquiry, analysis and construction of knowledge  Collaborative learning – pupils work as teams & share info easily using computers  Creative learning – pupils can explore and find new or more creative solutions to a problem

THE USES OF ICTs IN EDUCATION
 Computers and the internet
 Learning about computers and the internet  Learning with computers and the internet  Learning through computers and the internet  Combines learning about computers and the internet and learning with computers and the internet  Students do research online, download materials, present a powerpoint presentation and write up a report that may include (Excel) charts and calculations

THE USES OF ICTs IN EDUCATION
 Computers and the

internet are also used in distance education
 Open University of

Malaysia  UniTAR  Asiaeuniversity

ISSUES IN THE USE OF ICTs IN ED.
 Four important issues must be addressed

when we use ICTs in education
 Does ICT-enhanced learning really work? Is it

really effective?  How much would ICTs in education cost?  Is there equity of access to ICTs in education? Will it widen the economic, social and academic gap between sections of society?  Are ICT-enhanced educational projects sustainable over the long term?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES
 The challenges of educational policy and

planning
 What are the implications for policy and planning?

Do we have clear objectives, guidelines, targets and a time-frame for the ICT initiative?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES
 The challenges of infrastructure
 What are the infrastructural requirements? Do we

have sufficient bandwidth eg SchoolNet, KPMNet?  Do we need more labs? Do all students have access to computers/notebooks?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES
 The challenges of capacity building
 Do we have the teachers?  Are our teachers competent in using computers /

notebooks for teaching?  What kinds of further training is required?  What about our administrators?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES
 The challenges of language and content
 Are our teachers and students sufficiently

competent in the English language to access the resources on the web (80% in English)?  How quickly can we develop locally meaningful content in BM?  Who will be responsible (BTP) and how much will it cost?

ICTs IN ED: THE KEY CHALLENGES
 The challenges of cost
 Can we afford it eg giving each teacher a

computer?  Will we be able to maintain the project eg repair costs/  Will the software need to be updated?  How much will it cost to upgrade hardware and software in the future?

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