Why (not) use ICT and Pedagogy?

The Week 2 Learning Path proposed the question “Why (not) use ICT and Pedagogy?”

To answer this question I have created a concept map (using Gliffywhich highlights just some of the reasons why ICT and Pedagogy should be used and possibly why it shouldn’t. Growing up with technology, I found it much easier to find reasons why ICT should be integrated into the classroom. However there are of course  implications. Some of these implications have been highlighted in the concept map though I am sure there are many more. The concept map addresses The Big Three Framework (an adaptation of “the big three factors” (Kirschner & Wopereis, 2003). This framework highlights how ICT and Pedagogy can be implemented into the classroom as a means of

  1. preparing the next generation
  2. creating more efficiency in and out of the classroom
  3. enhancing and transforming learning

Overall, I believe that where possible, ICT needs to be included into the classroom as a means of preparing today’s learners for the future. The Australian Curriculum ICT General Capability states that in order for learners to participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities (ACARA, 2013).

I came across Kristen Smith’s Blog today and one of the posts she made asked “Is ICT the Best?”. This post shared Kristen’s professional experiences where one mentor did not utilise ICT within their classroom as she deemed it to be an insignificant part of students learning. By not utilising ICT within the classroom, is this teacher invested in the students ICT future according to the curriculum statement above?

This is our job. As teachers, we are not simply teaching children information or how to use ICT. We are preparing them from their futures. So when asked “Why use ICT and Pedagogy?”, my response would be, “it’s for their future”.

 

References:

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2013). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability. Retrieved March 8, 2016, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/generalcapabilities/information-and-communication-technology-capability/introduction/introduction 

Kirschner, P., & Wopereis, I. G. J. H. (2003). Mindtools for teacher communities: a European perspective. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 12(1), 105-124. doi:10.1080/14759390300200148

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