ICT in the subject areas

 

Become familiar with the digital technology involved in your course, and in the real life role to which the course relates.  Build the relevant ICT development into your course as learning objectives, and cooperate with colleagues as necessary to support learners with this.  Get to know the everyday technology for communication and information that your learners use, and try to update your skills in this area if and as necessary. 

  • If your learners have smartphones or tablets, plan how to encourage and support them in using these as a learning resource on your course. Facilitate learners to use the smartboard (if available in your situation) as an interactive resource for learning.
  • Find out about websites relevant to your subject and encourage learners to use these.  For example, before beginning teacher-led work on a new topic on the course, ask learners to do some advance research online in relation to the topic and to prepare a short  introductory lesson on it.  Depending on your learners, they could do this individually or in small groups, as ‘homework’ or as an in-class activity.  Be sure that you have identified appropriate sources online first, so that you can give the learners some relevant links to start their research. Learners can then lead the first lesson in the particular topic, presenting their findings, views and questions on the topic based on their research. 
  • Inform learners of online resources for developing literacy and numeracy, such as www.writeon.ie, so that they can use these as distant learning resources. Use blended learning approaches as far as possible in your situation – a mix of independent online learning and face-to-face teacher-guided learning.
  • Sometimes, learners may be more familiar than the teacher with the latest digital tools for everyday communication, while the teacher may be more comfortable with using print literacy.  Using both digital and print literacies as resources for learning can give opportunities for reversing ‘teacher-learner’ roles and for making literacy development a normal part of learning for all.