Introduction to ICT
Didactic Teaching Methodologies
ICT to Support Didactic Teaching Methodologies
Conclusion and Summary
Credits and License
ICT Tools to Support Didactic Teaching Methods
Research suggests that learning retention rates are low if we rely largely on our students’ ability to listen. A lecture mode of exposition, or talking to the students like I am doing now, is considered an inefficient way to get information across to students. Research suggests that the more senses we can engage the better the retention of a lesson’s content. Research also suggests that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else! It is in light of these findings that ICT can offer a teacher a number of tools to enrich the lesson’s content or provide ways to make the transfer of knowledge more palatable to the students.
There are numerous technology/software combinations on hand when it comes to presenting or the distribution of information. A typical but not comprehensive list could include the following tools:
- A presentation package (e.g. MS PowerPoint, OpenOffice Impress)
- A word processor (e.g. MS Word, OpenOffice Writer)
- Movie and/or photo editing software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, MS Windows Live Movie Maker, GIMP)
- An audio file or podcast creator tool (e.g. Audacity)
- An online distribution platform for media like Slideshare.net for presentations, Flickr.com for photos, or YouTube.com for video streaming, etc.
In the rest of this module we will investigate a number of these packages with an eye to integrating them into your Didactic lessons.