ICTs are “information and communication technologies”. It is term that encompasses the variety of websites, online applications and tools that can be used in an educational context.
But while new technologies can be exciting, teachers and researchers have discovered that technology itself is not a solution, it is equally important how the technology is utilized and the curricular context in which it is presented. In the article What a Decade of Education Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students, Molly B. Zielezinski asks, what are some guiding principles to effective technology use in the classroom? She shares a list of Actionable Tips that range from “Stop using technology for remediation!” to “Honor students as experts.”
In my MAET CEP 815 course, we developed these Actionable Tips into a list of ICT resources that teachers can use to effectively implement technology in their own classrooms, and then we published the list in a WikiBooks article on ICTs in Education. Looking for some of the resources that we found? Check out our Actionable Tips here and you can see our original Google Doc here.