Monday, December 6, 2010

IT in education

As technological advances are introduced in education, the promise and potential of IT in enhancing learning is attractive, but the lack of initiative has hampered its progress.

IT Helps the Deaf & Blind

Computers are used not just for routine teaching, but are also put to use in innovative ways, as in the case of the Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind (HKIDB).

Few would argue that an understanding of computers is necessary in today’s workplace. Employees are required to do inventive thinking, have digital literacy, communicate effectively, and work in teams. “Acquisition of these skills can be facilitated by technology,” says Professor Sunil Rai of the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR).

Technology has great potential to enhance student achievement and teacher learning, but only if sufficient attention is paid to its importance and benefits. Many of the top schools consider IT infrastructure spending as an expense rather than an investment. Some are oblivious to the advantages that IT can bring to a school. Only a thorough understanding and an open attitude will help.

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