Presented by: Gareth Callan
While conference attendees will generally have a positive approach to the integration of ICT in their teaching and learning, there still remains a strong cohort of teachers who are strongly against the idea. This presentation outlines the advantages and disadvantages of using technology in Irish second level schools, and looks at how we might address some of the arguments against its introduction, and long term use. It looks at how devices can be used in a classroom setting, and how internet resources can be used to supplement and enhance student learning. It also looks at some of the common views held by those who are against its use in the classroom and ways that these issues can be addressed.
Gareth is a teacher of Music and Maths at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Galway. He previously worked in technical support for County Galway VEC schools, where he encountered a wide range of both positive and negative issues and attitudes towards the use of ICT in teaching and learning.