Knowledge society will compromise of different communities integrated together to form a network that will stretch to create hierarchies. This hierarchies are bases of media and information that are linking with one another.
Teaching and learning that has been integrated with information technology and communications, a different type of education with different learning tools, materials, pedagogies, learning styles and teaching styles. A knowledge community is a type of community where knowledge bands a linking together to form networks of different media.
Some of the teacher competency that South Africa would like to achieve by the end of 2014.
Teachers are the most important agents of education and the system, they need to understand the potential of ICT and their applications so that they use them to motivated creative learners, inventive learners, collective intelligence through group work and collaboration. And help students acquire higher thinking skills.
Some of the teacher competencies that are set out by the department to achieve high quality education.
ICT integrated with learning and teaching would produce great learner and would be also a process that is redressing learning inequalities all over the country it will also improve personal learning experience. Therefore the guideline was published I order to give teachers an overview of what would be expected from them.. The teacher should have basic ICT terminology and the different types of ICT applications, teachers should be able to check the accuracy and the quality of information that they find on the internet using ICT..
The teacher would be expected to enter with a level of computer literacy and is able to recognize electronic devices that will be helpful in learning, he/ she should understand the relevance the use of ICT and why it has been integrated in teaching and learning and ways in which she would be expected to assess learners using ICT
The teacher needs to understand the educational value and potential of ICT in teaching and learning, the role of group work in ICT while learners are not losing the sense of individuality
The other characteristics that a teacher has to acquire in order for learning to take place are as follows; he/she has know when and how to use ICT applications to achieve learning this means that it is not necessary to use ICT always. The teacher needs to adapt to the new technological devices and has to acquire the skills to operate the device and use it for an effective lesson. The teacher should be able to teach learners technical skills of operate devices and also teach other teachers who are too familiar with certain applications, teachers need to use ICT in their lesson plans and for other administration matters like collecting data, which may be grades, attendance register, and number of learners. The teacher has to be able to establish communication amongst her and the learners through e- mail, teach learners skills to do their assignments, projects, and presentations using various ICT applications. The teacher should be able to form a discussion room online that the teachers and the learners can use regarding school matters and subject uncertainties.
The main objectives of the department of education is to have high quality education and access to it. The department see’s its important for the development of early childhood centers and programs that will eventually achieve early learning for kids. The department has also stretched and is hoping to establish special needs schools everywhere anywhere in the country.
The national strategic plan for education in the future is focusing on the major factors and stakeholders that are underpinned in the education system, and it is posing possible goals that teachers and the education system need to achieve at a specific year. The strategic plan, is that learners and the teachers including everyone under education should be highly motivated. Parent who are active and eager with their children's education, a community that is active in school management.
Teachers need to use ICT to manage and discipline the classroom, and they should teach learners safety skills while browsing through the internet and ways to avoid cyber bulling if they have an active social network account. Teachers organize the classroom to create a warm learning environment with the use of ICT to achieve learning outcomes, and they should teach learners research methods and they should use the results of the research for the purpose of learning and teaching. The ultimate goal is for teachers to use the role of ICT to incorporate it to new education innovation.
Teacher development should be addressed in different ways and in every location if possible. The programs will be available as work shops, on e- education, and in every province at the district offices. Bursary programs will be given out to help teachers to upgrade their qualification. Remuneration awards are also planned to be given out to teachers to produce good marks provincially and around their districts. The curriculum will be built to meet the needs of the South African society, the education would be given attention form the districts especially those schools that are underperforming so that support they give out is targeted to the specific case.
ICT + education= electronic learning
ICT + EDUCATION =ELECTRONIC LEARNING
KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY IS A TYPE OF SOCIETYWHERE EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TOLEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE ISCONNNECTING VIA NETWORKS SUCH ASCULTURAL GROUP OR THROUGH THEMEDIA. THIS SOCIETY STRIVE FORKNOWLEDGE THROUGH ICT (information,communication and technology)
teaching and learning occurs in networksand these networks form hierarchies.The networks (media, cultural activities,etc.) form a link of knowledge acquisitionAccess to knowledge occurs throughcommunication, which are passed on byeducators through new learning styles,new tools, and new teaching strategies,and new pedagogies…
Teachers should always create group workso to form COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE… Teacher is the mediator of learning Face to face relationship is important forlearning. Find ways of collaboration andcooperation that will be beneficial to ICTand learning.
well qualifiedprofessionals. Prepared forlifelong learning. Very mobileprofessional Profession basedon partnership.Teacher has to: work with others Work withknowledge,technology andinformation. Work with and in thesociety, to embraceCOLLECTIVEINTELLIGENCE.
Teachers should develop technology rich environment inthe classroom to enable the learners to explore further…
help to model creative innovators Active and inventive thinkers. Help learners to deal with realissues and solve problems usingdigital devices. Collaborative knowledgeconstruction(group work)
Design assessmentsdigital learning. Helping learners toset their owneducational goals. Teacher shouldgive learners asmuch summativeand formativeassessments.Model digital work andlearning. Support studentsuccess andinnovation. Communicaterelevant informationto students. Teacher must showgood technical skills.
Teach safely, legally, andethically using digital information. Model learners whoacknowledge culture and globalawareness using thecollaboration tools used in ICTapplication tools.
The department of education in SouthAfrica has published a documentregarding teacher training that will be ableto groom educators that will facilitateelectronic learning for every child. Theeducation system would love toincorporate ICT (informationcommunication and technology) which islearning through electronic sources; inshort it is called e-learning
The teacher would be expected to enterwith a level of computer literacy and isable to recognize electronic devicesthat will be helpful in learning The teacher should have basic ICTterminology and the different types ofICT applications. understand the educational value andpotential of ICT in teaching and learning
The othercharacteristicso know when andhow to use ICTapplications toachieve learningo Teacher needs toadapt to the newtechnologicaldeviceso acquire the skillsto operate thedevice and use itfor an effectivelessono teach learnerstechnical skills ofoperate devicesand also teachother educatorswho are notfamiliar with ICT.
ICT in their lesson plans and for otheradministration matters like collecting data,which may be grades, attendance register,and number of learners. The teacher has to be able to establishcommunication amongst her and thelearners through e- mail, teach learners skillsto do their assignments, projects, andpresentations using various ICT applications
The department of education togetherwith the department of basic education,have come up with national strategicplans to improve the quality of theeducation system by stressing annualassessments and regular basis checks bythe department commissioners.
Output 1: improveteacher capacity. Training packages will bemade available forteaches in various formeverywhere in thecountry. Monitoring of teacherdevelopment to bemade by SACE. Decreasing teacherabsenteeism.Output 2: assessmentsworth internationalstandards. Evaluation ofeducation systemmade annually tokeep good learningand teachingstandards. Well targetedinterventions madeavailable for poorperforming schools ordistricts.
Output 3: improve earlychildhooddevelopment. All pre grade 1learners/ childrenhave to attendgrade R. Improvements informal level ofteacherqualifications.Output 4: strengthenschool management. Enforce timemanagement toreduce absenteeismby doing school visits. Special needseducation will expand,improvements inequipment, support,and staff will be made.
Ensuring that all learners gain access tohigh quality education. Establishment of early childhoodprogrammes and centres for childs needs. Consideration will be made for vulnerablechildren (disabilities, poverty exposed). Creation of excellent education in maths,literacy, and science Eradication of children under- nutrition.
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