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Aims and Objectives of ICT in Education

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Overall Aims of ICT in Education

The aims of ICT in Education can be classified under four headings:

  1. utilitarian aims,
  2. social aims,
  3. cultural aims,
  4. personal aims.

 

(a) The utilitarian aims of ICT in education are:

  1. to help the learners become competent and confident users of ICT who can make efficient, effective and creative use of basic application software in their everyday activities; and,
  2. to encourage the learners to become critical and reflective users of ICT who can evaluate the capabilities and limitations of the technology and of social, technical, political, ethical, organisational and economical principles associated with its use; and,
  3. to prepare the learners for the society of tomorrow by making them adaptable users of ICT who have the necessary openness and flexibility of mind to be able to adjust to future changes in the technology.

(b) The social aims of ICT in education are:

  1. to encourage the learners to develop the appropriate social skills that are essential for co-operative and collaborative learning based around ICT; and,
  2. to empower ICT disadvantaged learners by ensuring sufficient access for those learners who have little out-of-school opportunities to use the technology; and,
  3. to facilitate better communication between the learners thereby promoting greater social understanding and harmony; and,
  4. to ensure equity between all learners by providing appropriate qualitative and quantitative opportunities to overcome social and learning disadvantages.

(c) The cultural aims of ICT in education are:

  1. to help the learners appreciate the richness of our cultural heritage by facilitating access to all aspects of our unique culture; and,
  2. to help the learners become cultured citizens of the modern world by facilitating the discovery and appreciation of the cultural heritage of various countries around the world.

(d) The personal aims of ICT in education are:

  1. to encourage the learners to develop the appropriate personal skills that are essential for independent learning based around ICT; and,
  2. to assist the learners to develop their potential to their fullest by facilitating the acquisition of knowledge; by helping the learner concentrate on higher order cognitive tasks rather than on lower order routine tasks and by positively affecting the attitude of the learner towards further learning; and,
  3. to help the learners with special needs integrate themselves within school and society by increasing their independence and by developing their abilities and interests.

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