Effective Teaching in the Information Era: Fostering an ICT-based Integrated Learning Environment in Schools

Lee, Kar Tin (2002) Effective Teaching in the Information Era: Fostering an ICT-based Integrated Learning Environment in Schools. Asia-Pacific Journal for Teacher Education and Development, 5(1), pp. 21-45.


While information and communication technology (ICT) offers new and innovative modes of learning, educators need to analyze the various issues of enhancing a sound integration of ICT tools in schools. This author reports in the paper some preliminary findings about the implementation of a project for fostering an ICT-based integrated learning environment in Hong Kong schools, of which include, first, any effective integration of ICT calls for substantial thinking and rethinking of curricular and educational practice, and inevitably time and effort must be expended when developing in teachers a critical understanding of ICT as a shaper of information and values. Second, the use of ICT must provide students with a variety of experiences and contexts to integrate their skills and knowledge both in and out of school. Third, true cross-curricular integration can take place only when teachers appreciate the rich potential of ICT for enabling more effective learning where ICT is subordinated to the learning goals of the school. And fourth, teachers would critically select the appropriate digital content based on the needs and learning styles of their students and infuse it into the curriculum.

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ID Code: 3909
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: integrated learning environment, curricular integration, digital content, teacher professional development, ICT, teacher change, perceptions of ICT, innovative modes of learning
ISSN: 1029-0699
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Hong Kong Institute of Education
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 02 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:31

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