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A strategy for the integration of Information and Communications Technology tools in the classroom.

O'Sullivan, Neil (2005) A strategy for the integration of Information and Communications Technology tools in the classroom. Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This dissertation is a descriptive analysis a how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can be integrated to the Classroom. The research involves an inter school collaborative project between a mainstream and a special needs school.
ICT tools are used in association with Cognitive Research Trust (CoRT) thinking techniques to help teachers plan and teach. The pedagogy has been successfully applied in the Central Remedial Clinic Schools. It is the first time that this model has been applied where mainstream and special needs schools were involved.
The research is centred on a history class in which teachers planned the learning outcomes and decided on the course of study. The students were encouraged to use CoRT thinking techniques such as examining the Positives, Minuses and Interesting (PMI) aspects of the famine. Consider All Factors (CAF) and Other Peoples Views (OPV). The classes used a variety ICT tools and the Internet and search engines to complement their learning styles. Collaboration between the students and teachers was made possible by the use of a Web Log (blog) and videoconferencing. This was the first time that a blog or videoconferencing and CoRT techniques had been used by either teacher as a teaching tool.
This case study style research project uses observation, reflective journals and questionnaires to gather data and a rubric is used to assess the blog usage and the completed class project. The findings showed that the both the teachers and students found the model very beneficial. The research found that CoRT techniques and ICT tools can help teachers introduce and use ICT tools more effectively for a broader learning experience. However the results also highlighted the need for CoRT techniques to be embedded more effectively in to maximise their full benefit. It identified that further research on the introduction of thinking skills which link directly to the defining of learning styles of the students and teaching styles of teachers to create an inclusive classroom where clear lesson plans can be developed in collaboration with the students and between teachers. Research into how this could be supported by technology at a number of levels including looking at the ICT infrastructure, Virtual Learning Environments and teaching and student centred supportive technology could also beneficial.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Computing in Science in eLearning
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2010 15:17
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2012 10:51
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/358

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