My Educational Context

(Activity 1.5.1)

I was previously asked my response to the following (I have highlighted my initial responses in bold):

Which of these comes closest to your current view on using, or working towards the use of ICT for teaching and learning in primary schools?

Only select one answer

  •  It is better not to use ICT at this level.
  •  It should be used only by the teachers.
  •  It could be an occasional activity for children.
  •  It should be used regularly by both teachers and children.
  •  It should be an important part of everyday teaching and learning.
  1. Which of these comes closest to your current view on using, or working towards the use of ICT in the primary curriculum?

Only select one answer.

  •  It is not important for teaching any part of the curriculum.
  •  There should be some lessons on how to use ICT.
  •  It is appropriate for some subjects.
  •  It is valuable for most subjects.
  •  It is essential to use it across the curriculum.
  1. What are your main reasons for thinking ICT should or should not be used in primary education?
  • Overuse of ICT makes learning to easy (Students need a challenge when learning)
  • Example included looking up words in a dictionary vs. looking them up in Google
  • Other examples included reading menus, referring to telephone books and general research skills
  • Ultimately I do not support using ICT to teach from first principles, however, I think it’s something that should be used to reinforce and consolidate teaching and learning.

Have my perceptions changed?

Here are my responses now – in short…YES:

Which of these comes closest to your current view on using, or working towards the use of ICT for teaching and learning in primary schools?

Only select one answer

  •  It is better not to use ICT at this level.
  •  It should be used only by the teachers.
  •  It could be an occasional activity for children.
  •  It should be used regularly by both teachers and children.
  •  It should be an important part of everyday teaching and learning.
  1. Which of these comes closest to your current view on using, or working towards the use of ICT in the primary curriculum?

Only select one answer.

  •  It is not important for teaching any part of the curriculum.
  •  There should be some lessons on how to use ICT.
  •  It is appropriate for some subjects.
  •  It is valuable for most subjects.
  •  It is essential to use it across the curriculum.
  1. What are your main reasons for thinking ICT should or should not be used in primary education?

I feel that ICT is an essential part of primary education and should be used as a tool to facilitate all learning. There should be room made to combine ICT within each of the topics discussed to allow a deeper understanding. Used in the correct way, ICT is invaluable and prepares and equips our students to appreciate learning and use traditional methods as well as become learners of the 21st Century.

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