ICT in school to aid reasoning

'The collective utilization of information technology (IT) and other media has high potential to improve the quality of teaching at schools and higher education. With the proper use, many barriers of classroom teaching can be overcome,' said DN Sansanwal, a prominent educationist, during a seminar on Friday. 'One such idea like digitalization of classroom teachings of best teachers and then uploading them on a website can make them available for a larger number of students,' added Sansanwal. The seminar was organized in a joint venture of State Institute of Education, Sector 32, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi and UT administration on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebration of Central Institute of Educational technology, a constituent unit of the NCERT.

Sansanwal, former head and dean, school of education, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, speaking on use of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching, learning and evaluation, stressed that present-day teaching concentrates on doling out information which is not the sole requirement. 'We need to develop understanding and application of the concepts, developing reasoning and thinking power. ICT can be useful in diagnostic testing, remedial teaching, evaluation, psychological testing and in developing virtual laboratory, thereby developing thinking and reasoning skills,' he added. The lecture was well attended by students of SIE, Government College of Education, Sector 20 and BYTC Training Centre, Sector 19, teachers and principals from different schools and colleges of the city.