UNISA Short Course in Information and Communication Technology in Education
The purpose of empowering people to use technology in teaching is decomposed into three objectives:
- To introduce the educator to a useful variety of technologies in education;
- To empower the educator to interact with a selection of representative technologies in an effective and efficient manner; and finally
- To foster an appreciation of current and future technologies for their usefulness in a given context.
People who wish to gain skills in the use of technology to empower themselves to ride the wave of technological opportunities and challenges in education.
Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification
Applicants require basic Windows and Internet skills and Internet access. A teaching qualification is recommended but not mandatory.
The Unisa open and distance method for blended learning will be followed. Study material will be provided according to the beldnded learning approach. At least one compulsory assignment has to be submitted for evaluation and feedback. Feedback will ensure interaction with learners and this may be re-enforced through the use of online discussion sessions and social media technologies.
Formative assessment will be used in the feedback on assignments. Summative assessment will be implemented in the evaluation of a portfolio.
Orientation and awareness of available ICT resources
- Available ICT recourses that can be used to extend the learning beyond the classroom and normal contact hours.
- Identify the available ICT technologies that the teacher has access to
- Identify the available ICT technologies that the learners have access to
Examples: internet, mobile technology, ebooks, etc
Exploration of technology teaching resources
ICT technologies that can be used to develop resources for use in the classroom.
Examples: GoogleApps, www.edna.edu, open sources, arend.co, Cool projects by Microsoft, Discovery school by Discovery channel, Education site of National Geographic, The Shoa History links, Khan academy, iTools as portal to 2nd language learning.
Practical implementation in their context of use
- Develop course material using various ICT available recourses, including:
- Working with images – screen capturing tools, editing images, creating videos.
- Working with audio – finding, sharing, creating, subscribing
- Working with video – finding, sharing, creating, subscribing
- Multiple choice assessment tools
Examples: PPT, MindMap (Freeplane), Screen capturing tools, video (cellphones, digital cameras), podcasts (Audacity / WebQuests), eBooks. Twitter: #edchatsa
- Uploading and sharing of developed resources.
Examples: YouTube, Twitter, FaceBook, blogs, wikis, Google docs, slide share sites, Dropbox, Google Apps, WA, mixit, etc)
Exploration of the roles and responsibilities of educators in promoting the ethical use of technology
- Creative commons: Ethical and security aspects (creative commons) regarding the use of ICT technology in the classroom (security, passwords, authoring tools, plagiarism)
- Identify issues in their own context of using technology in education
Ms R vd Merwe (BTech)
School of Computing
Tel: 011 471 2929
Centre for Software Engineering
Office: Block C 3-06, Cnr Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida Campus, UNISA
Tel: 011 670 9131 / 9139