2020 was a revolutionary year for education. Students across the globe switched from the traditional classroom to Zoom forums almost immediately. While no one wanted these conditions so fast, it’s caused a new method for delivery of information, one of which is ICT. ICT, or Information and Communication Technology, is making its way into the education sector, and we’ll tell you why.
What is ICT?
In the simplest definition, ICT is the use of technology to enhance learning. For instance, many classrooms are not providing students with tablets to pass them papers and activities instantly. Plus, with the world hooked to their screens, it’s a way to keep their attention. ICT is known for the possibilities that it brings to education, opening up a whole new way of learning.
New Trends in ICT
One of the most powerful features of ICT is the ability to teach several students at once. This example is better understood when thinking about professors in charge of large lecture halls. Instead of creating physical copies of assignments, professors can send them instantly. Plus, students won’t need the physical presence of professors, using help from technology. It will provide access to their work, lectures, and other resources at any time. Some of the new trends making their way to classrooms include:
- Digital course materials and papers
- Access to libraries, forums, and additional resources
- Management of attendance
- Ability to try out flipped classrooms
- Allowing students to get the most out of their tablets and laptops
The Future of ICT
One of the key benefits of adding more ICT into classrooms is student preparedness. With access to information and increased use of technology, students will be more prepared for the workforce. These days, the working world is more competitive than ever, thanks to access to education more readily than ever before. A few things that ICT opens up for the future are:
- Outreach to more students
- Advanced teaching methods, including interactive and real-time projects
- Access to advanced training for educators
- Decreasing the cost of day-to-day tasks
- Automating tasks to have more time to teach and interact
Technology Makes Things Easier
Just like other niches that technology is taking over, technology is there to make things easier. In education, professors benefit just as much as students, able to lighten their load. Unlike semesters in the past, professors can use technology to keep them organized and take the leg work out of teaching. With more free time, they can focus on their lectures and get more creative with assignments.
Technology is there to help us gain more intelligence and ease up the pressures of educating the masses. With help from ICT, we’re reaching all new heights and giving more students access to better and more interactive education. While we are already advanced, we are nowhere near the limits. We can expect a whole new way of learning, evolving with each passing year.