The evolution of information technologies has brought several benefits to education. Apart from enhancing efficiency, implementation of IT technologies have made available: (i) easy access to standardized digital learning material at all education points, (ii) centralized evaluation of student progress as well as teachers performances both are vital process in determining areas in need of fundamental development in education.Unlike in the past when records used to be kept manually and there were many cases of lost les, the incorporation of information technology in education has made it possible for safe and proper record keeping. Retrieving of information has therefore become much easier.
Integras can help ministries of education to develop digital content, to implement data-based student evaluation and teaching performance systems, and distance learning platforms including TV, Video on Demand, and internet. Software based systems help authorities to assess progress in education at all levels and to facilitate the development of national and if required international curricula.
Using audio and visual material as learning aids and use of information technology in education has made it possible for teachers to teach students much more easily. By using audio and visual materials, students can develop a better understanding of the topics being taught. It is now much easier to perform demonstrations and put some practical aspect to the theory taught in class. Slow learners therefore have an opportunity to catch up with those who had grasped whatever was initially taught in class.
The use of information technology in education has become more than just an option. For effective learning, the education sector stakeholders have found ways of integrating the use of information technology in the everyday learning processes. Using information technology in education has made it possible for students and teachers to keep on learning, irrespective of where they are. Each school can become an independent data centre, delivering statistics to the ministry’s main data centre so that progress and performance of education at all levels can be monitored “live” on local, regional and national levels. Data gathering at a micro level will also allow the ministry and its divisions to spot students, teachers and / or schools that show outstanding promise.
Using information technology in education has basically made it possible for students from all over the country to receive equal education, the geographical distances notwithstanding. Information technology in education has also made students to develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and in turn, create a more tolerant and unified society.
Schools in developing countries are lacking in basic teaching platforms such as computers with an active internet connection all over the country can benefit especially combined distance learning platform through TV broadcasting and internet. Switching from distant learning through TV broadcasting to full internet based education eventually by supplying all schools with an internet connection, basic computers and even tablets will not only provide students with cost-effective, electronic course materials but also allow key lecturers across the country and globe to teach online.
Integras collaborates with ministries in developing countries to determine gaps in education and to create necessary action plans that will help find basic funds to boost improvement and establish a working infrastructure.