Ict applications have become an important part of teaching and learning
ICT applications have become an important part of teaching and learning. The Ministry of Education has invited a huge effort in terms of funding and training to equip teachers and students with ICT skills. In your opinion what are the issues and challengers in integrating ICT in teaching and learning in our Malaysian schools. FACT IDEA LEARNING ISSUES ACTION PLAN- ICT applications - Indicated the - What is ICT? - Journal have become advantages and - What are the - Internet an important disadvantages. uses of ICT in part of teaching - Problem with ICT education? and learning equipment - Why ICT in- The Ministry of (maintenance) teaching & Education has - Not enough skills to learning are invited a huge handle ICT very important? effort in terms of equipment. - How ICT in funding and - Capacity building of teaching & training to equip qualified personnel learning can teachers and - Changing the mind improve students with set of teachers and education ICT skills stakeholders system? - - What teacher must do to overcome the difficulties of teaching by using ICT? - What the problem faced by teacher &
student when ICT was used in education?In line with the country’s information and communication technology (ICT) master planand 2020 vision, Malaysia recognized that the transformation in education system isfundamental to achieve its objectives of learning through our National EducationPhilosophy. Malaysia has introduced various initiatives to facilitate greater integration ofICT especially in the field of education, as outlined in the country’s ICT Master Plan.This paper provides a brief outline of the ICT policy and ICT initiatives in Malaysia.Further, a case study on a programmer undertaken by the Educational TechnologyDivision, Ministry of Education in helping teachers to integrate ICT in teaching andlearning was enumerated. A brief status report of Malaysia’s position vis-à-visintegrating ICT in teaching and learning in conjunction with the UNESCO Case StudyGuidelines was also provided. In my opinion the issues and challenges in integrating ICT in teaching andlearning in our Malaysia school is about monitoring and coaching of innovative useof technology in schools. This situation must be always in continuous to make sureteacher always in right situation to start learning process. Without continuous technicalsupport, technology integration in the classroom will never be satisfactorily achieved.Most teachers have heard horror stories about equipment failure, software complexity,data loss, embarrassments, and frustration. They dont want to feel awkward withstudents wondering why nothing is working the way it is supposed to be. When teachersare trying to use technology in their classrooms and they encounter difficulties, theyneed immediate help and support. "Helping technology users while they are activelyengaged with technology at their work location is probably the most meaningful,essential and appreciative support that can be provided,"
There are also a lot of complaints among the teachers on the ICT gadgets failure,software complexity besides teachers are lack in training and experience in handlingthese devices. This making the devices such as projectors, white screens laptops,courseware, CD that developed are left dusty and untouched. This made the funds thatare invested wasted and are not optimally used. Even some ICT teachers don’t evenknow how to switch on a projector. That also may not include problems in the rural area.Since a lot of money had been invested in this program, even rural area has theirmodern gadgets and devices. But the accessibility to internet network are limited. Eventhey have the tools, but due to the limited access to internet network, the teaching andlearning process are not optimally used. According Integrating ICT In Teaching And Learning Country Report : Malaysiaby Educational Technology Division, Ministry of Education under the massiveprogrammers, 132,649 laptops, 78,333 LCD projectors, 67,439 screens, 63,254 mobiletrolleys, and 9,662 printers were provided in phases to all the schools in the country. Inaddition 200,000 teachers have been trained ICT in basic ICT skills and using ICT inteaching and learning until 2007. But, this figure cannot have been stated is not enoughto ensure that the teaching and learning process run smoothly. By providing High LevelTechnical Driving Committee at certain area to coordinate and facilitate all ICT initiativesin schools will assure that problem that have been faced by teacher can be minimized. Furthermore, to handle the problem regarding ICT equipment, the teacherprofessional development should have skills in teaching the students using the ICT withparticular application. These should be addressed in pre-service teacher training andbuilt on and enhanced in-service. ICT are evolving technologies, and so even the mostICT fluent teachers need to continuously upgrade their skills and keep abreast of thelatest developments and best practices. Some student might feel uncomfortable with thenew technologies especially student in the rural area where most of the ICT applicationuse the English language for the contents and it is the responsibility of the teacher toguide them to use the computer. Therefore, we would like suggest that teachers should be given proper practiceand training on how to use these gadgets, data logging, and software application.
Besides that government suppose to introduce wireless internet network to promote andenhance teachers and students ability in using ICT and aid in students understanding.As we can see the government is introducing wireless internet network in rural area andcountryside. We also realize that the classroom’s conditions are not compatible with theteaching method. The classroom’s plan should be well arranged to suit the teachingmethod. As for conclusion, the challenge that teachers faced should be overcome assoon as possible as the ICT era is exponentially demanded, so that we will not beoutdated. We must realize that integrating ICT in teaching and learning process is notabsolute teaching way for a teacher, but to enhance and aid students in their studyperformance and understanding.