Integration of Education Technology into teaching
Monday, 28 March 2016
The traces of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in schools in India can be seen as early as 1937, when All India Radio (AIR) used to broadcast educational programs for school children. In 1984, a project called Computer Literacy and Studies (CLASS) was introduced in Schools. As a part of the project, computers were introduced into 250 higher secondary schools. Primarily, ICT infrastructure was set up in an earmarked area within the school, away from the classroom. Students were brought in batches to visit the ICT centre in the school. To a great extent, ICT as a concept denoted the initiative of bringing technology awareness in schools. The purpose was to help both teachers and students increase their knowledge of technology, as well as their comfort levels in the use of technology. Over a period of time, it provided an opportunity to teachers to enhance their teaching practices.
An article by Victorio Tinio, titled ICT in Education states, “In recent years there has been a groundswell of interest in how computers and the Internet can best be harnessed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of education at all levels and in both formal and non-formal settings. But ICTs are more than just these technologies; older technologies such as the telephone, radio and television, although now given less attention, have a longer and richer history as instructional tools.”