Kagiso Trust Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme – ICT Integration

The Kagiso Trust Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) sought advice from SAIDE on developing a framework for the integration of ICTs into whole school development. Gerald Roos provides an overview:

The rationale for computers in schools is as diverse as the range of applications of ICT in everyday life. The e-Education White Paper supports the roles of curriculum delivery and ICT integration, ultimately enhancing learning through the development of deeper understanding, information skills, higher order thinking skills, self- direction and collaboration.

Several options were presented and analysed for the development of the framework. Critical to this decision-making is the need to:

  • Engage with partners such as the Department of Education and community stakeholders;
  • Establish a clear and shared vision;
  • Seek sustainability in terms of finances, leadership, technical support and professional development;
  • Consider strategic implementation of ICT in schools in which each phase is carefully managed.

The principle of community access to school ICT facilities is upheld by BNSDP. The primary role of ICT in the school is to enhance teaching and learning and possible tensions and/or synergies between school and community use are subject to local community capacity and perceptions of the value of ICT.

A successful ICT facility in schools is driven by stakeholders who clearly understand the value of ICT in their contexts. A structured professional development strategy is outlined, which aligns to the 5 levels of professional development outlined in the Guidelines for Teacher Training and Professional Development in ICT. Teacher laptop initiatives will greatly enhance teacher access to ICT, which will provide a boost for ICT in schools projects.

Click here to view the full framework report.

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