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BABSc Hons Education and Training INTEGRATING IT INTO THE PCET CURRICULUM INTRODUCTION Information technology and education has been studied for some 25 years and during the last 18-24 months revolutionary change in how people teach and learn through the use of Information Technology has advanced greatly Yet we are still waiting for those wide spread dramatic improvements and for various research results that definitely prove the merits of applications within this Technology Academic pundits frequently comment that the pace of innovation in higher education can be measured by the 40 years it took to get the overhead projector out of the bowling alley and into the classroom Stephen W Gilbert 1996 If you browse various literatures on computers in education you see a number of trends emerging collaborative education using computers experimentation with computer based instruction and the re-emergence of long distance learning using computers is increased within the home and schools using e-mail and elaborate network systems The use of computer systems within many schools and colleges would seem to be somewhat of a modern trend the advantages of using computer systems and programmes or software are too numerous to mention but can be summarised as follows Computers can be relatively easy to use and can assist an individual in improving the presentation of many kinds of documents as well as providing a gateway to unlimited information through the Internet Bennett 1997 Inevitably computers play an increasing and important role within the human learning process Klein 1985 The greatest contribution of computers to our society will bear a tremendous positive effect on education in general The possibilities are endless they could reduce individual literacy within weaker students and the average student can achieve sizeable gains restraints on brighter students could also decrease thus allowing them to excel within their own capabilities Of all the advantages that computers will bring to education
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