I’m sitting on the fence with this one.
In one paddock, I have learnt how beneficial implementing and allowing children to engage with using ICTs can be. ICTs can allow easier differentiation, increase communication skills, provide students with the skills they will need for the future, provide instant feedback, build confidence, provide choice etc. How ever the paddock on the other side says something different.
The paddock on the other side says that in reality ICTs can be more trouble than they are worth, I want to refer you to a blog I am following here which recalls an experience where ICTs were not working in favour of the students (or teacher) and the end result was that students learning was restricted and limited, by what I believe to be a lack of infrastructure to support the ICTs being implemented.
I believe that ICTs have a place within our modern day classrooms and students must learn how to use, and experience a variety of ICTs, however if the overall system does not have the appropriate infrastructure to support the amount of ICTs on the network, then all the best intentions in the world will not matter. Teachers become frustrated, students learning is impacted upon and as Kerrie put it, learning time is wasted.
So I put the question out there, what can we do as future educators to change this issue so that precious learning time is not wasted?