ICT and education in the perspective of experts from business, government, academia and NGOs: In Europe, Latin America and Caribbean
Palabras clave:society, technology, students
With the passing of the years, Information and communication technology (ICT) has acquired a place in society. Information and communication technology has become an integral part of our lives. They have shaped many of the activities we carry out day by day, such as the way we communicate, the way we read, the way we see the world and, of course, the way we learn.
These changes have transformed the belief that education is a personal aspect that concerns only teachers and students. Information, communication technology is promising a huge opportunity for both teachers and learners to give and gain equality. With the demographic changes that the whole world is facing, countries face the need to handle the provision of education to the whole population especially to minority and disadvantaged groups. This right truly represents a social challenge that should be reflected in diverse attempts to identify, analyze and further work to eliminate barriers.
We could say technological tools are granting an outmost opportunity to reach all students in classes, to make lessons interesting, interactive and diverse, but most importantly, ICT is promising a unique opportunity to fulfill the right to education to the entire population. Many countries around the world are developing different ICT policies, mainly aimed at special education and education to minority groups. In this regard, many aspects such as context, teacher education on ICT, policies, resources and access are crucial when efforts are given to include technology in classrooms.
The heavy responsibility that this means to teachers, parents, students, government and society in general is immense. Adapting teaching for all students and making education accessible to all groups is a complex task. Thus, it is necessary to look into the perceptions that specialists have on the issue of including ICT to education. Digging into these perceptions will clarify ideas and guide future research on how countries should invest on technology, teacher training and the creation of policies.