Not much earlier that the buzz of ICT supported Education has been talked about. But ICT4Education can really key the sustainable development for any economy, specially the emerging and developing economy in this highly growing information oriented world. ICTs in Education aim to bring in practical education and learning system by deploying tools and process to exchange information electronically, the education seekers being the target. UNESCO’s definition for ICT also considers it as a critical tool in education for sustainable development (ESD).
In a document “How Information and Communications Technologies Can Support Education for Sustainable Development” Current uses and trends, authored by Leslie Paas of International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Manitoba, Canada, it has been explained well that formal educations now should be ICT integrated, as tools to extend the learner’s capacity to perceive, understand and communicate. Though universities were certainly leaders in engineering the Internet and interoperable computer systems to connect researchers for e-mail and data exchange, the use of ICTs for education and training has lagged behind other sectors in society – this is something to be double thought of now, and brought into action.
The use of ICT in education and training has only begun as access to ICT services and higher bandwidths become more available to learners. The danger is that we ascribe to new technologies the characteristics of previous media and accompanying educational practices without development and reflection on new and better ways to support and evaluate learning outcomes. ~ White (2005)
ICT enabled education is a future of education system globally, the increased online users and increased access says so. From blackboard to the whiteboard, the ICT in Education is growing proactively. The trend of ICT-enabled education has shown that more online learning environments and more adequate pedagogy have been constantly overcoming the challenges of education system in various parts of the world.
ICTs applications are being designed to promote collaboration, connectivity, “real-world,” experience-based learning, and systems thinking, which are emerging as key pedagogical methods conducive to educating for sustainability. This convince us means of ICT as a supplement to today’s classroom-based activities and even increasing trend is classrooms are not only supplemented by ICT but integrated inside ICT – like paperless classless online learning.
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