Let’s understand ICT!

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It’s true, ICT is unstable as it is forever changing. That’s why we have to have a ‘learn how to learn’ approach when dealing with ICT. However, this is deemed difficult as it requires individuals to overcome their mindset; their conceptual understanding of digital technology, ultimately making it difficult to learn something new.

In relation to cognitive science, there are five key factors that can assist an individual to overcome such conceptual understandings, which can be applied to comprehending and using ICT:

  1. Constructing own understanding based on prior knowledge, experiences, skills, attitudes and beliefs. The individual is encouraged to explore and compare during this phase.
  2. Following a learning cycle of exploration, concept information and application.
  3. Connecting and visualising concepts and multiple representations.
  4. Discussing and interacting with others, in relation to new concepts.
  5. Reflecting on progress and assessing performance.

In addition, using computers (an ICT) to build external representations are powerful and engaging methods for fostering and assessing conceptual change. Therefore, by creating external models and representations, which allows individuals to view, discuss, test and modify their understanding and enhance ICT skills will assist in comprehending digital technology. An excellent ICT application that is super easy to use to create such external models and representations is Gliffy.

Reference:

Bransford, J., Brown, A., & Cocking, R. (2000). How people learn: brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

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2 Responses to Let’s understand ICT!

  1. Hi,
    I particularly love the multiple ways we can use tools such as Gliffy to literally map out our learning and thinking processes. Especially in a collaborative learning environment where we can find links between concepts and how they interact to an overall picture. Particularly for visual learners, tools such as this allow interaction and a way in which students can discuss and make links to a visual representation of concepts to enhance learning opportunities.
    ~ Adriana

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    • Thank you for your reply Adriana!

      I completely agree with your comment! Gliffy is an easy and effective tool that any individual can learn how to use. I believe it also increases efficiency; enabling teachers to save time with planning and preparing lessons plans.

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