The more I see it the more I just can’t seem to believe it. Technology in education…. Do not get me wrong, using computers, whiteboards and the like can have benefits for the learner and can help remedy many problems that a learner may have.
Unfortunately this does not really seem to be the case. Well not from what I’ve seen… I do see a giant push of elephantine proportions promoting ICT into the learning environment; it is commendable, ICT literacy is quite important. But how exactly are these technologies going to change the way the learners actually ‘think’?
There are many people around who do this. Actively promote tools that supposedly enhance the learning process. But I suspect that the majority of this promotion is done with little or no consideration of how the learner learns. Any kind of technological tool that is promotes as ‘being able to enhance the learning and teaching process’ should be taken with a pinch of salt.
It comes down to ICT being a tool, another method by which the cognitive process and thinking of the learner can be changed. Is it not true that using a tool in the wrong way either causes more damage or at the very least just does nothing? It is not a bright future I see, more a future where the essence of learning is lost. How is it possible for any kind of teaching to be effective (with or without ICT) if it is not known how the learner constructs ideas, concepts etc in their mind? Is it not like trying to look for a needle in a haystack without knowing what a needle is or what it looks like?
Only when those who provide, use, develop and push ICT into the multitude of learning environments take heed of how. On a positive note I do feel that ICT has a significant role to play in the future of learning, it is acknowledged that ICT is allowing increased access to learning materials, this is only part of the solution.