2017 Conference | Afternoon session A: The use of ICT in pedagogy
Innovative teaching and learning practices have emerged worldwide and have helped more teachers than ever to adopt and implement new approaches. Even though it is clear that ICT cannot, should not and will not replace qualitative and motivated teachers and school leaders, it can help and support them – and the learners – to get more rewarding results.
Introducing ICT in education can be rewarding, but also challenging. Solutions that are dependent on imported technology (such as computers), are often more difficult to attain than solutions based on technology that is already available and used in the local environment (such as mobile phones).
New technologies will not make teachers redundant – on the contrary, experiences demonstrate that the role of teachers becomes even more central as new technologies are introduced. Rather, teachers who use digital technology will replace those who are not. So how can teachers and technology work together and what is needed to make it work?
To improve the quality of ICT in education, it is necessary to consider the modalities that facilitate learning. Indeed, certain uses of ICT facilitate individual or team learning in students: at his or her own pace and level, regulated by the teacher or the students themselves. One of the keys to success resides in the training of teachers.
So, what are the successful experiences? How have innovations succeeded in bringing profound pedagogical changes that benefit students? What are the conditions for success in developing countries? This panel will aim to highlight examples of successful ICT use in education around the world – with the purpose of identifying criteria and conditions for the relevant and successful implementation of ICT.
Shivananda Salgame will talk about the work of Guru-G Learning Labs in India. "Gee is every teacher's daily mentor, assistant and friendmakes. He makes it easy and interesting for teachers to discover new practices, teach better and continuously improve in a fun way."
Short presentations of good practices by participants:
Hendrien Maat (Edukans) will present the use of digital video in teacher training in 6 African countries, as well as in education-in-emergency settings in Lebanon (Syrians) and Ethiopia (Eritreans).
Jo Tondeur (VUB, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) will present a study (and its follow-up) exploring the introduction of ICT in some Kenyan secondary schools.
Jean-Marie Sohier, Sealord