ICT in education: why it works, why it doesn’t

Picked this up from a new Erasmus funded project recently, good summary of how best to embed ICT in teaching and learning:
http://micool.org/updates/blog/2016/02/18/ict-in-education-why-it-works-why-it-doesnt/
They particularly focus on three elements, the first of which I suggest is very overlooked:
  • POLICIES AND SUPPORT 
  • TEACHERS’ CONFIDENCE AND OPINIONS 
  • STUDENTS’ USE OF ICT 
In my experience the lack of effective and clear policies from the top severely hampers uptake. Without a clear picture of what is allowed, who is allowed it, how it is supported, etc., it’s almost impossible to embed ICT in teaching and learning. Similarly, this has a knock on for staff; how can they be confident when there’s no clear message about what they should be doing? And for students? I’ve come across numerous examples where their needs are either ignored in policy, or so down played that they end up with a lip service approach, access to ICT that seems OK, but on closer inspection is simply not up to scratch.
It all begins with a strong policy from the top – that’s key.

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