Web-based Technologies for Learning
Dr Wan Ng.
In the last decade, there has been a big push for information and communication technologies (ICT) to be used in the classroom in all subject areas in many countries around the world. While there is no shortage of literature on the positive aspects of using ICT in education, the issues surrounding the use of these technologies in the classroom and how to address them are discussed in lesser amounts. The reason, I believe, is that many of these issues are difficult to address in real terms. There are issues of cost, technical support, teachers’ skills and time, the availability and reliability of computers and associated equipment, the availability of user-friendly software, classroom management and measurements of effectiveness of ICT use in learning. These issues are interlinked and solving one issue does not automatically put the others in place.
The issue of the cost of software packages could be alleviated to some degree by using web-based technologies. The World Wide Web is a rich source of information and contains tools that can assist with learning. This presentation will discuss some of the uses of, and issues associated with web-based technologies in promoting constructivist modes of learning. There will be an emphasis on the use of these technologies in the area of science education.
Dr Wan Ng (Australia)
Lecturer in Science Education
School of Educational Studies
La Trobe University
Dr Wan Ng is the Science Education lecturer at the School of Educational Studies, La Trobe University, Australia. Her experiences include working as a research scientist in Biochemistry, as well as served in various capacities for the Victorian Department of Education & Training and the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority. Her research interest lies in the use of ICT in education; creative and motivational science curriculum and language/cultural influence in the learning of the sciences.
Staff page http://www.latrobe.edu.au/educationalstudies/staff/ng.html
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)