Challenges and Potential of Integrating Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) In Teacher Education Programs in Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria (Published)
Information and Communications Technology or (ICT) encompasses telecommunications, computers as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information. While much of the rhetoric about (and rationale for) using ICTs in education has focused on the potential for changing the teaching-learning paradigm, in practice, ICTs are most often used in education to support existing teaching and learning practices with new (and, it should be noted, often quite expensive)tools. While impact on student achievement is still a matter of reasonable debate, a consensus seems to have formed that the introduction and use of ICTs in education can help promote and enable educational reform, and that ICT is a useful tool to both motivate learning and promote greater efficiencies in education systems and practices. The main purpose of this article is to enlighten the readers on the barriers to technology integration in the developing world using Delta State University in Nigeria as a case study. A survey was conducted through analysing related literature and questionnaires distribution to lecturers and students in the education department of the institution. From the findings, we concluded that the main barriers hindering the integration of ICTs include lack of access to technology, lack of teacher confidence and lack of skills. Some of the benefits that can be achieved from ICT integration include students and lecturers motivation, quality education, promoting learners autonomy and user confidence.
Research reveals that how teachers instruct and these interactions with students are the cornerstone around which to build effective learning. The integration of ICT is becoming more global trend in the 21st century education. The study assessed the improvement of Mathematics instruction in the context of basic education. The very important aimed of the study was to determine the Mathematics performance of the learners in the six skills as per see by the Department of Education using varied strategies, as part of core competencies used in the 21st century skills. Based on the findings and thorough analysis of the study, it can be concluded then that the learners’ performance in Mathematics as to the skills of remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating is very satisfactory. Thus, the outcome has shown a high impact on the learning outcomes of the learners with regards to mathematical comprehension.