ICT in the education system of primary schools is a controversial topic on people’s mind’s these days. Most people seem willing to give it the green light in order to enhance the ways in which our children are being taught, having said that, some people will argue that primary school is too early to introduce such an amount of technology into the lives of children.
Without a doubt, children are being introduced to technology at an earlier stage in their life as the years are passing. Whether it’s through iPads, iPhones, laptops, desktop computers and other smart devices (of which there are many!). It is becoming abundantly clear that there is no hiding from it, and it has come to the time where we must embrace IT & Technology for all of it’s benefits, and evidence has shown it most certainly has a place in the education system.
Extensive research was carried out by the European Commission, “Benchmarking Access, Use and Attitudes to Technology in Europe’s Schools”. The results of this research proved very positive in the way of having more primary schools in particular equipped with resources for educating the students through the use of ICT. The full study findings can be accessed here.
Now we ask, ‘How can we use ICT in schools to optimize the impact of teaching and learning?’
Smartboards are a fantastic way in which teaching methods can be increased, in particular the efficiency of time.
Children in primary school are very familiar with visual aids in education, and the SmartBoard is an effective way to replace the out-of-date chalkboard used in primary schools.
The teachers can effectively display the content in which they want to educate the students on, by having it prepared on a laptop/desktop computer. There are countless advantages in replacing the chalkboard with a SmartBoard, such as displaying graphical images, animations, videos, interactive content and also learning platforms, which can be accessed online (such as LearnAnyWhere).
The SmartBoards provide the students with much needed active visual display in the classroom, which can greatly enhance their education and also provide a fun atmosphere through the use of interactive online teaching methods.