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ICT in Education

The use of ICT in and for education is now seen worldwide as both a necessity and an opportunity.
ICT in Education

UNESCO is giving a high priority to the use of ICT for more equitable and pluralistic development in education, aiming to: expand the knowledge base about the issues,
The broad questions on which UNESCO focuses are:
  • How can one use ICT to accelerate progress towards education for all and throughout life?
  • How can ICT bring about a better balance between equity and excellence in education?
  • How can ICT help reconcile universality and local specificity of knowledge? and
  • How can education prepare individuals and society to benefit from ICT that increasingly permeate all realms of life?
Several points must be borne in mind as one pursues these questions. First, ICT are only a part of a continuum of technologies, starting with chalk and books, all of which can support and enrich learning. Second, ICT, as any tools, must be considered as such, and used and adapted to serve educational goals. Third, many ethical and legal issues intervene in the widespread use of ICT in education, such as ownership of knowledge, the increasing exchange of education as a commodity, and globalization of education in relation to cultural diversity.
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