The Impact of ICT Education on Students Outside of School

Mar 28, 2017 2:19:18 PM Emily Jensen Education Technology

How ICT systems transform national economies and societies is self-evident. ICT integration drives national economic growth rates while boosting growth efficiency. The proliferation of ICT also explains the contemporary evolution of the workplace. Emerging technologies and innovations in business practices shift employment towards high-skilled jobs that require the creation of IT technologies, while technology replaces some low skilled workers altogether. Internet commerce, for example, is replacing brick-and-mortar storefronts, reducing the percentage of retail employment consisting of in-store cashiers.

The potential impact of ICT on education seems limitless. In formal learning environments, educators who embrace ICT can create more engaging curricula further capable of being adapted and personalized for individual learner needs. Teachers can deliver more aesthetically engaging lessons and connect with diverse learners across vast distances. Through the use of targeted data analytics, educators can assess learner growth in more accurate and nuanced ways, and hardness learner data as a medium in which they reconstruct future curricula and instruction to meet the needs of all learners, particularly those at the greatest risk of falling behind.

The impact of ICT on how students learn outside of school may prove even more profound than in-school uses. Many young learners, even in otherwise technology-poor environments, have access to a mobile phone, providing robust opportunities to accelerate their own learning through informal means. Furthermore, constant connectivity to limitless information provides the capacity for learners of all ages to self-direct their own educational futures. Content-rich websites and massive online courses (MOOCs) may allow those from all over the globe to engage in lifelong learning alongside other individuals with similar interests.