Integrating Information and Communication Tools Effective Strategies for the Classroom
Subjectinformation and communication tools; ICT; computer literacy; computer technology course; learning management system; LMS
This project presents effective strategies for integrating information and communication tools (ICTs) within a class. Three major goals that suggest effective implementation of ICTs are, enhancing education by meeting the needs of different learners, facilitating higher levels of learning, and increasing computer literacy skills. Findings from scholarly articles provided a foundation of methods, principles, and strategies in meeting these goals using ICTs. Implementation of integrating ICTs will be shown with an example computer technology course to demonstrate effective strategies. This example course will be used to present effective strategies that are supported by findings from previous research and will include example learning modules located on a learning management system and routine procedures. The content within the example course will revolve around teaching students computer applications though this subject is not relevant towards meeting any goals for effective implementation if integrating ICTs. This is to suggest that another subject, such as science, can be replaced with teaching computer technology. The main focus within this example course should be on the tools, methods, and procedures of teaching and learning with ICTs and how they are used to enhance the learning environment of this course. The ICTs used in meeting the goals of meeting the needs of different learners, facilitating high levels of learning, and increasing computer literacy skills are Schoology.com, Google Docs, Prezi, and Apple Remote Desktop. These ICTs where chosen based on findings from previous research, observation of trending applications, effectiveness of communication and information management, and potential relevance for the future uses.