ICT-BASED AP­PROACH AND ITS TWO FACES

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EDFLOR L. CAS­TRO

21st Cen­tury Teach­ing and Learn­ing is the lat­est trend in the field of ed­u­ca­tion. To­gether with this, the ap­pli­ca­tion of com­puter, gad­gets, and other tech­nol­ogy is also part of the teach­ing-learn­ing process, knowl­edge ac­qui­si­tion, and even as­sess­ment. Truly, the ICT-Based Ap­proach catches the at­ten­tion and in­ter­est of the learn­ers. It also min­i­mizes the tasks of teach­ers and school heads. How­ever, any­thing that is too much is not ben­e­fi­cial.

The term ICT refers to the use of tech­nol­ogy that is avail­able. It can be but not lim­ited to com­put­ers, lap­tops, the in­ter­net, and other soft­ware. In ed­u­ca­tion, the pur­pose of ICT is gen­er­ally to fa­mil­iar­ize stu­dents and teach­ers with the use and ap­pli­ca­tion of tech­nol­ogy, which will be aid in the de­liv­ery of in­struc­tion. Def­i­nitely, it is use­ful for the stu­dents and the teach­ers. The use of ICT helps the teach­ers saves times in prepa­ra­tion of in­struc­tional ma­te­ri­als. These ma­te­ri­als can also be used in other class; can be saved to be shared with other teach­ers. Its use pro­motes change to ed­u­ca­tion in 21st cen­tury, which is one of the goals of the K to 12 Cur­ricu­lum. ICT trans­forms teach­ing and also the learn­ing pro­cesses. The trans­for­ma­tion gets to in­crease learn­ing gains for learn­ers that pro­vide them the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop cre­ativ­ity, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and other think­ing skills.

On the other hand, too much ap­pli­ca­tion of ICT will lead to bore­dom. Ex­pos­ing the learn­ers to the same stim­u­lus for quite long will de­crease the sen­sa­tion of learn­ing. The time to set up the tech­nol­ogy con­sumes time. Ad­di­tion­ally, the ra­tion of stu­dents and ICT ma­te­ri­als is also a con­sid­er­a­tion. Stu­dents might not get in­ter­ested any­more. The might feel lazy to at­tend the class if they can eas­ily get the study ma­te­rial from the in­ter­net. This sud­den change in be­hav­ior neg­a­tively will be a hin­drance in the ac­qui­si­tion of knowl­edge. Ad­di­tion­ally, the con­trol on the ac­cess of the stu­dents must also be con­sid­ered.

The use of this tech­nol­ogy is a skill that a per­son must pos­sess. This skill can ac­quired and learned as the time passes by. In 21st Cen­tury learn­ing, stu­dents are con­sid­ered the na­tives of tech­nol­ogy, while the teach­ers are con­sid­ered as the mi­grants. Teach­ers are ex­pected to teach the de­sired com­pe­ten­cies to the stu­dents with the use of ICT as stated in Repub­lic Act 10533 or “En­hanced Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Act of 2013”. The mi­grants should train or equip them­selves with this skill to fur­ther have a smooth flow of the teach­ing-learn­ing process.

The use of ICT has two faces. It can give pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive im­pact both on the teach­ers and the stu­dents. Re­spon­si­ble use of this avail­able re­source should be ap­plied, for any­thing that is too much may not give good re­sult.

— oOo— The au­thor is Teacher III at San Isidro Ele­men­tary School, Florid­ablanca East Dis­trict

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