Topic 6 - I.C.T. and Learning

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  • Created on: 27-11-12 20:43

Online Tutorials



  • Use ICT for learning
  • Contain content to instruct students
  • Simulations allow students to see what happens in different situations
  • Animations help students understand how things work
  • Self-tests let students know how much they have learnt
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Online Tutorials Cont.


  • Flexibilty as to where and when students can learn
  • Students can work at their own pace
  • It does not matter if you get things wrong, the computer will not judge you
  • Materials can be accessed with lots of different devices
  • Keeps students interested and motivated by the variety of activities


  • Students often need the interaction of their classmates in order to learn
  • Can present an opportunity for students to take a break rather than work on the online tutorial
  • It is hard for teachers to gauge progress using some of the packages
  • Lack of flexibility as human teachers can explain things in different ways to help you
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Online Assessments

  • Exams and tests performed on the computer
  • The computer marks your work and gives you your results


  • The results are obtained immediately
  • You can analyse what you did well on and what you did less well on, so you can target your revision
  • Frees up teacher time as there are no assessments to mark


  • Danger of hackers accessing the system and changing marks
  • Reliance on equipment that may go wrong
  • Only suitable for certain types of assessment as it would be hard to get a computer to mark an essay
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Virtual Learning Environments

Main features:

  • Student assessments
  • Allows teachers to add their own content
  • Allows teachers and students to communicate with each other
  • Students can submit work electronically
  • Teachers can mark and return work electronically
  • Teachers can set different homework for each students
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V.L.E.'s Cont.


  • Students can access the VLE using a number of devices
  • Learning can take place anytime
  • Students can assess themselves at any time
  • Students can do work that is more closely matched to their ability


  • Some software is very expensive
  • There is a danger of hackers altering reports, test marks etc.
  • Staff need lots of training to use them
  • Entering content can be time consuming
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Devices and Software for the Disabled

Learning devices and software to support disabilities

  • There is a huge range of specialist input devices that can be used by people with disabilities
  • Braille keyboards are used to enter etxt into a computer and are used by the blind

Microphones - These can be used to issue instructions and enter text into a computer system. They can be wired or wireless. Can be used in a range of ways by disabled people

Joystick - For making selections

Braille keyboards - For blind people

Touch sensitive data entry services - These allow a person to make selections by simply touching a screen. They are used in a range of ways in supermarkets, airports, train stations as learning devices. The main advantages is they are really simple for everyone to use.

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Devices and Software for the Disabled Cont.

Voice Recognition Software

  • Allows you to enter data by talking into a microphone
  • Enter data into word processing software
  • Issue commands
  • Enter text into emails
  • Enter data into a database

Customised Desktop Environments

  • There are many ways in which the desktop environment of a computer can be changed to suit the needs of the user. These are the ways it can be used to help disabled users:
  • You can use an on screen keyboard and a mouse or joystick to point and select letters from it
  • You can use an on screen magnifier that will blow up certain areas of the screen
  • You can alter the combination of colours used (this is useful for users who are colour blind)
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