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It is now the goal of every educational institution, as much as possible, to keep pace with the development of information and communications technology, to serve their needs. Gone are the days when technology is a luxury. Today, technology is necessary, and the trend now is teaching, learning and managing in educational institutions through ICT.
In teaching, creating and manipulating of visual aids has taken on a new level. Doing away with papers, and other art materials, teachers now could easily get hold of a laptop and just project the lesson material on screen through a Liquid Crystal Display projector. He/she can even make use of other more interesting instructional materials in class such as a movie/audio clip. Doing things, this way gives students a much greater exposure to authentic materials (those that are found in the real world). Because teachers tend to be less bookish and explore other materials through the computer and the web, information shared to the students is more updated. Because this generation of students is more interactive and visual, teaching in this way will easily and most effectively catch their attention and make them actively interact with it.
ICT is also an effective tool to aid in the learning process. This generation works well with interactive, non-linear way of presenting information. We do not learn in a systematic process. Rather, we select what we want to know. This is served best by the hypertext transfer protocol (http) technology, wherein one is allowed to jump from one page to another without going through all the other pages. Learning then should be catered to in this way. This generation is also characterized by one's ability to work with less supervision. Modular learning then is highly encouraged in this method. A specific assignment is given to students to work on; they are given access to online resources and they return the finished product online.
Managing teaching resources also becomes easier and much more efficient with ICT. What five people could do, for instance could be done by only one computer program. Arranging teacher schedules for instance could be done by just a few clicks; computing grades also becomes a less laborious task when the teacher's grading criteria have already been programmed.
Using ICT in teaching, learning and managing educational institutions, then, should be a collaborative effort between teachers, administrators, and the government's department of education.