Inclusive teaching and learning
Information and communication technology (ICT) teacher has to adopt inclusive teaching and learning strategies in order to make everybody feel free to express their opinions in the class. As rightly addressed by a quote ‘A teacher creates the optimum environment in which people can learn’ (Geoff Petty) (pg.no.16). People are coming from different culture and backgrounds, different states of mind. To start the conversation we have to initiate with icebreakers. Icebreakers are nothing but warm ups. In an ICT class I will ask students for a short introduction and communication devices they use in their day to day life. Then I will give a group discussion topic of “how would you communicate with your friends and relatives without these communication devises”. This would help to generate the curiosity and involvement in the course. In an ICT course there will be ground rule of not entering any other foreign device like pen drive or CD in a computer used for training; which may corrupt the workstation. These basic things make the environment suitable for learning and avoid disruptions. Sometimes entering any useful course software will be allowed. When I think of imparting computer training to the adult group with different experiences, learning ability of student can be differentiated by assigning task to create a painting in Paint brush software. Those who can’t do it would mean they need more attention. I would need to provide additional support by buddying them up with capable students. ’Differentiation is simply a teacher attending to the learning needs of particular student or small group of students, rather than teaching a class as though all individuals in it were basically alike’ (Carol Tomlinson 2000.pg19). Then I will give them a demo on Microsoft Office (MS-office) on how to use functions like create, save, cut, copy and paste a file in MS-word, MS-Excel and MS-PowerPoint. A demo to surf internet will follow. If there are...
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