By Michael Hilkemeijer
As a primary teacher, you should always aim to ensure that students are enabled to reach the point when they are using technology in the classroom that they become so focused on using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a tools that they hardly notice they are using it to achieve the learning outcomes that you have set for them.
This is what is known as developing student ICT capability.
So here are the ICT teaching strategies for primary school teachers today.
Focus on the learning progression
I’d like to start this as it is important for the following teaching strategies using ICT. Learning progression in ICT capability demands that students develop greater autonomy and confidence in their selection and use of ICT tools and resources. What is required by students is an understanding of the ICT potential of situations.
Plan and seek to develop all components of ICT capability
ICT capability is NOT about just teaching just ICT techniques/skills. There are in fact other key components which together constitute ICT capability. Understanding how to achieve them within meaningful context-driven learning activities. These are effective ICT teaching methods in primary school today.
Plan the incorporation of ICT activities in Learning activities
If you are to achieve this, then you need to have a good understanding of ICT concepts and their relations to other areas of the curriculum. It involves you deciding on the role of ICT in the learning activity – whether you just want to use it to support the context learning, to develop ICT capability or both? This decision underpins how well you integrate technology in the classroom.
Build on a child’s use of ICT at home
As we all continue exploit the use of technology in our lives, children particularly are becoming more confident in their use. It is no wonder they are known as ‘digital natives’. You can no longer assume that the ICT activities you bring to them will enable a learning fit for the 21st century digital world. Ensure that activities are meaningful, interesting and most importantly, structured in such a way as to engender understanding that may be difficult for them to achieve unaided.
Stimulate and Structure ICT Learning
Continuing on from what I mentioned earlier about structuring learning, you must have clear objectives and have high expectations particularly from these ‘digital natives’. The most successful teachers clarified their expectations, focused students’ attention on what they were going to do, demonstrated new ICT techniques and generated ideas on how they might go about it.
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