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Interactive ICT Implementation in Formal and Informal Learning

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
60-90 min
Topics addressed: 
EuroMed
Intercultural learning
Voluntary service

Interactive ICT Implementation in Formal and Informal Learning is a tool endeavoring to make youth more active in the learning process via overcoming the lacunae in the official textbooks, and avoiding complex jargon in the training of volunteers.

Aim: 

-To introduce tools and activities which colleagues can use.
- To adapt and integrate ICTs into the classroom, syllabus, and Formal Education in general.
- To demonstrate from personal experience: lesson planning and professional presentation design.

Methodology: 

This tool is an application of Problem-Based Learning.
It is learner-centered in that it requires the students and volunteers to reflect and hence be active in the learning process. This increases their motivation to learn and participation in the sessions.
The action plan revolves around perceiving a problem/need, Interaction together through analysis, brainstorming and organisation of ideas, and finally implementing/putting into practice those ideas to reach the objective.
This methodology appeals on the learners' Problem-solving capabilities and frees him from the status of mere recipient to that of active participant in the learning process.

Step by step process: 

1) Gauging the lacunae in the official text books as well as in the Youth Training materials.
2) Demonstrating ICT integration in my teaching practice: some case studies where I overcame the weaknesses in the official textbooks and complex Internet Policy Analysis jargon: I will be displaying some practical case studies of ICT use from my personal experience and how it contributed to lifting the constraints and flaws in some lessons of the official secondary school curricula.
3) Inspiring through ICT-enhanced lesson plans and training materials to try in function of every teacher or Youth Trainer context.
4) Finally, we will be exposing the “realist” scopes and “real” challenges of ICT Implementation: this part describes the various demands teachers and Youth trainers are increasingly expected to meet in the ICT-rich learning environment, and argues that with appropriate professional development aimed at meeting specific outcomes, they will not only be motivated but prosper in their new role.

Materials and resources: 

Ideally: an Interactive White Board
Usually: an Internet Coverage, a laptop, a mike, a Data Show Projector , Loud Speakers, Youtube videos, handouts for the workshop to put into practice the newly acquired ideas.

Outcomes: 

An effective teaching/learning process must stimulate intellectual curiosity and offer a sense of enjoyment that will move the students from the passive role of recipients of information to the active role of builders of knowledge.
ICTs have the potential to restore curiosity to education. ICTs can take students on exciting journeys through time and space. Movies, videos, audio technology, and computer animations bring sound and movement to static textbook lessons and enliven children’s reading classes.
Since ICTs can overcome physical and geographical barriers and facilitate communication, they have the potential to eliminate the artificial boundaries between schools and the outside world, and promote an environment that emphasizes global citizenship.
Increasing competitiveness, technological change and social processes require continuous upgrading of skills and personal growth.
Technological innovation, the adoption of new teaching/learning theories and social change all call on teachers to modify their role, and to introduce new contents, tools and methods.
ICTs have the potential to enhance access, efficiency and quality of teaching and making presentations in a professional way.
These technologies diversify the systems of representation through the use of various types of stimuli (images, sound, and movement) and address the needs of diverse types of learning (visual, psychomotor, and affective). For persons with disabilities technologies provide essential support enabling them to participate in Formal education and Civil Society .

Evaluation: 

I have been using ICTs in Formal Education for the past four years. I have presented my findings at the Tunisia TESOL National Conference and the International Symposium on ICTs for Language Teaching and Learning . I have also used these technologies at a training I gave for teachers on Gender Issues in Language Teaching and a workshop on the Non-Sexist use of Language.In the context of Informal Learning, I have used ICTs in project management as Organising Committee President of the Corporate Social Responsibility Project with AIESEC and in introducing the Internet Policy Analyst Project with IGMENA on the National Radio and our official website. I will soon be giving a training for youth on Internet Policies in the perspective of Collaborative Security.
So far ICTs have proven to enhance motivation by providing a combination of media (text, graphics, sound, and video), build on our students and volunteers IT skills,provide variety and entertainment. Besides, the Presentation quality on computers is often neat and clear, and offers a huge Storage capacity for future use and sharing. Last but not least, ICTs are Interactive for all the above mentioned reasons.
However, as any technology/theory they have limitations. They can become a source of further inequality, with the digital divide accentuating already existing disparities. ICTs are related to factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnic background, gender, age, educational background and geographical location. Also, using ICTs for the sake of ICTs is a mistake. Each teacher/trainer, depending on his/her context, has to evaluate the output of these tools - what do they have that a course book/training material doesn't?

Notes for further use: 

1) I would like to share my tool delivering a WORKING WITH TOOLS workshop.
2) I wish to present/ showing the tool to the participants
3) I have already used this tool: I have been using ICTs in Formal Education for the past four years. I have presented my findings at the Tunisia TESOL National Conference and the International Symposium on ICTs for Language Teaching and Learning . I have also used these technologies at a training I gave for teachers on Gender Issues in Language Teaching and a workshop on the Non-Sexist use of Language.In the context of Informal Learning, I have used ICTs in project management as Organising Committee President of the Corporate Social Responsibility Project with AIESEC and in introducing the Internet Policy Analyst Project with IGMENA on the National Radio and our official website. I will soon be giving a training for youth on Internet Policies in the perspective of Collaborative Security.

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