Back to: Contemporary India and Education – Unit 4
Information and Communication Technologies refer to the various tools, devices, content, forums, resources, and services that can be converted into or delivered through digital platforms. They can be employed for reaching the goals of the teaching-learning process, enhancing the accessibility of learning resources, building capacities, and for the management of the educational system as well. They not only include hardware devices and software applications connected to computers, but also interactive digital content, the internet, and other satellite communication devices like the radio and television.
What is the Role and Importance of ICT?
The ten important roles of ICT in school education are as follows:
Enhanced the modes of communication
ICT facilitates improved modes of communication for the teaching-learning process.
ICT is a cost-effective way of imparting knowledge to learners. It minimizes cost and saves time.
Through ICT, the usage of paper can be eliminated which leads to an eco-friendly practice.
Enhanced teaching and learning methods
The use of technology eases and improves the overall teaching-learning process.
Enhanced data and information security
Students can collect information and data related to their learning online with ease and security.
Easy Student Management
It becomes easier for teachers to manage the students effectively.
ICT automates solutions to manual paper-based processes and procedures.
ICT facilitates collaborative teaching and learning methods making the entire process highly interactive.
Direct classroom teaching
Teaching can take place anywhere. It helps spread awareness of the social impact of technology in education.
Web-based LMS tools enable students to connect with their educators. It also facilitates connectivity for scholars, researchers, and all those involved in the educational field.
Features of National Policy on ICT in School Education
Improve Education Quality
The National Policy on Education emphasizes the need to employ ICT to enhance education quality.
Promote Creativity Amongst Youth
The National Policy on Education aims to boost the creativity of youngsters through ICT.
The National Policy on Education employs ICT to improve the efficiency of the school system.
Growth of Knowledge
Through ICT, The National Policy on Education seeks to expand the knowledge of learners.
The National Policy on Education aims to inculcate global competitiveness and prepare the learners for the global work front.
ICT also includes web-based content repositories, learning management systems, interactive forums, and management information systems.