Technology Enhancements In Education

Posted: May 2, 2013 in IT In Education

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Technological adoption in South Africa is said to be in the late majority category. The fact of the matter is that we are a developing country and an economic power house for Africa, the time for us as a country to really look into investing in IT technologies particularly in our public educational system has come.

The debate of introducing helpful, more effective IT technologies in classrooms such as IPADs, is one which really caught my full attention, I mean for our public schools this could drastically reduce the gap we have between private and public education. Private education is in fact world class educational system which unfortunately is offered to a minority (the rich), so what about the majority? What about the less fortunate who are caught in the mix of corrupt and negligent government officials that only represent their own selfish ideologies and are careless about the quality of our public education? I am saying this due to the Limpopo textbook saga, where school kids were left in desperation, wondering who would save them when their own government failed in providing a simple basic service of delivering textbooks on time. This matter would have been avoided if technologies such as Tablets and IPADs were part and parcel of education taught in classrooms.

To elaborate this further, Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt tested an interactive, digital version of an Algebra 1 textbook for Apple’s iPad in California’s Riverside Unified School District and the results given were that “students who used the iPad version scored 20 percent higher on standardized tests versus students who learned with traditional textbooks.”

It’s clear that digital technologies are fast replacing worn out textbooks, kids are keen in learning with digital versions. This will make them more motivated, attentive, and importantly digitally literate.

Author: Siyabulela Klaas

Edited: Nomfundo Gambushe

References:

courses.education.illinois.edu/edpsy317/sp03/…/hursh-tabletpc.html

edudemic.com/2012/12/25-ways-to-usetablets-in-the-classroom/

michaelrice.weebly.com/tablets-in-education.html

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