ICT tools give users the opportunity to enhance and facilitate learning in the classroom. These tools align with constructivist theories to assist in students’ mental processing. Two tools that are used int he classroom are search engines and podcasts. Search engines, for example google and bing allow students to specifically search and critique resources found on the internet. (EDTK 2030, unit 1). Podcasts allow for recording and downloading of information that can be edited for presentation. Students can use podcasts to have interactive discussions by critically analysing and commenting on the content with their peers.
Theorists like Vygotsky and Bruner posit that students learn best when they take an active role in their learning (EDTK, 2030, Unit 2) and these two ICT tools provide the platform for that.
EDTK 2030, (2014). Information and Communication Technologies in Education. Unit 1. Essential readings. UWI Open Campus.
EDTK 2030, (2014). Information and Communication Technologies in Education. Unit 2. Essential readings. UWI Open Campus.