Teaching and Learning with Interactive Communication Technologies
The very expression ‘Information and Communication Technology’ has lots of ideas in it. It is not just using of gadgets. The focus is on what is being transacted through this medium. We have information technology and communication technology. Managing of large quantities of information and communicating the same to the concerned is the need of the hour. Hence the name ICT. The developments in the use of the electronic media have influenced all walks of life. Education is no exception to this. The use of computers and the internet for enhancing the quality of education by making learning more relevant to life has been seen as an ideal by educational institutions. So, the term ICT in Education means “Teaching and Learning with Interactive Communication Technologies. It is a very comprehensive expression. It is not limited to the computers or the internet only. It ranges from the use of FM radio to the use of satellite for communication. It includes both the form and essence of communication. ICT has the potential to make learning more experiential. Moreover the large amount of data, visuals available on any topic can be brought to the classroom from all over the world. That is why ICT has been considered as an emerging area with huge potential for making educational process more meaningful. For most part of the world, use of ICT in education and training has become one of the top priority area, since the mid – last decade. ICT enhances the teaching-learning process, the quality and accessibility of education, the learning environment, learning motivation and scholastic performance. Through ICT, images can easily be used in teaching and improving the retentive memory of students, teachers can easily explain complex instructions and ensure students’ comprehension and create interactive classes and make the lessons more enjoyable, which could improve student concentration, involvement and attendance. A report made by the National Institute of Multimedia Education in Japan, proved that an increase in student exposure to educational ICT through curriculum integration has a significant and positive impact on student achievement, especially in terms of “Knowledge & Comprehension” · “Practical skill” and “Presentation skill” in subject areas such as mathematics, science, and social study.
The D Y Patil University – School of Education in view of its commitment to contribute to a wholesome teaching-learning experience realises the importance of ICT aides in the teaching – learning process and lays special interest in involving ICT aides as an important tool of imparting education. Be it classroom teaching, or a guest lecture, the school is equipped with latest technological resources, like that of Computers/laptops, WiFi Internet Connection, Visualiser Camera, ICT Boards, Projectors etc. The D Y Patil University has a 150 seating capacity state of the art virtual classroom wherein students from the school can have an interactive session with an/any expert from anywhere in the world.