Roles of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education during Covid-19
Information and Communication Technology plays a critical role in ensuring society stays updated on critical issues ranging from health, economy, and politics. It provides the newer, better, and simplest way of interaction, education, and transformation on the basic issues in life. Access to information has been made easier and more fascinating in the current digital world. The passage of information seems to be seamless without any bureaucratic issues. For this reason, many people rely on radios, television, smartphones, and computers to be informed on the trending issues and those that can better their lives in one way or another. Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by the novel strain coronavirus. The spread and pathogenicity of this disease prompted it to be declared a global pandemic. As a norm, when the pandemic occurs, every aspect of human life is impacted, especially the education sector, with over a billion youths and students worldwide.
After Covid-19 the outbreak, different aspects of the virus, such as its origin, mode of transmission, the pathogenicity, and the various ways in which it could be contained, were greatly emphasized by both the local and international media through various communication gadgets. Educational Institutions worldwide also adopted ICT to connect with their students to continue learning. One of the most noticeable ways of providing education despite the ripple effects of Covid-19 was the transition to online learning. Despite the lockdown regulations, this form of learning with advanced technology-enabled education acquisition for students worldwide. Due to the unprecedented role ICT played in education during Covid-19 remains the best mechanism for ensuring continuous learning. Every government should promote the ICT developments because they have many educational benefits, including the pandemic times.
The Different Roles of ICT in Education during Covid-19
Promotion of teamwork
ICT has been playing various significant roles in education
since the Covid-19 outbreak. One of the roles is promoting teamwork which entails
coming up together to achieve cohesiveness in learning. Due to the set pandemic
regulations, especially in 2020, teachers and students could not go to school, making
collaboration and working as a team difficult. However, through adopting ICT
technologies such as Google Meets, teachers and students can work as a team. Teachers
responsible for offering requisite guidance came together with a common
objective and resources to offer education virtually to the students. The gathering
of credible ideas concerning a certain educational discipline is important upon
its delivery through the mechanism of ICT. Even though teamwork was promoted, some
students did not benefit from this transformation and inventions because they
come from disadvantaged school districts
Enhanced Access to learning materials
significant role that ICT has played in education during the pandemic is making
educational materials accessible, which is a great way to promote learning. The
availability of the internet has made access to critical information,
especially in educational setup, less complex. Since the Covid-19 outbreak,
online learning has been the norm in most schools around the globe
Promoted Effectiveness in Learning
ICT has also promoted effectiveness in education. Based on
Bloom’s taxonomy, the objective that is always emphasized in education is enhancing
the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and overall behavior. The
objective is only achievable when there is effectiveness in education. ICT also
encourages effective teaching with a perception that every student is destined
to understand and understand what is being taught. This, in turn, impacts the
students’ academic abilities, emotional conscience, and well-being in behavior.
Despite the surge of Covid-19 cases, the use of ICT has been promoting efficiency
in executing the knowledge passed to the students
Promotion of Literacy Movement and Development of Higer-Order Thinking
ICT has been promoting the literacy movement and the
development of higher-order thinking skills during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since
the inception of the pandemic, the adoption of ICT for education has opened an
avenue for the development of higher-order thinking. At home, students had to
plan, monitor, and control how different technologies work for them to join
virtual classes. These practices promote the development of essential thinking
and research skills. For example, the use of different ICT tools such as
emails, image editing, video recording, screen sharing, and social networking
made learning easier for all students and thus leading to the development of higher-order
Promotion of E-Learning and Inclusivity
ICT has positively contributed to education by enhancing
the scope of e-learning and inclusivity. Since the pandemic’s beginning, many
people have adapted to life on lockdown without physical interaction. This prompted
the idea of e-learning through the use of communication technology that
accommodates various conceptual ideas
Facilitation of Research and Education
Furthermore, ICT has been facilitating research about the
coronavirus and educating people all over the globe. Facilitation of relevant
research considered to have extensive implications on curbing the Covid-19
pandemic is vital because of its purpose on educational orientation. Various
educational research requires relevant ICT channels to educate the world
audience on the Covid-19 research efficacies. For example, after discovering
the novel coronavirus, scientists around the globe embarked on uncertain
scientific research with the hope of getting verified facts about the virus
In conclusion, information and communication technology have played a critical role in ensuring society stays updated on critical issues ranging from health, economy, and politics. It provides the newer, better, and simplest way of interaction, education, and transformation on the basic issues in life. In terms of its role in education from the inception of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has greatly contributed to the teamwork among the teachers and students. Teamwork entails exploring communication and social perception to achieve cohesiveness in learning. ICT has also contributed immensely to the accessibility of sources and materials essential to learning. In addition, ICT has played a vital role in education during the Covid-19 pandemic, higher-order skills development, and societal enlightenment.
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Societal Problems Facing African Americans
Ever faced a social problem? If yes, how often? Well, the purpose of humanity is the maintenance of equity in everything that pertains to existence. However, societal problems facing African Americans have been rising over the years. Today, the most noticeable social problems are mass incarceration, police brutality, and discrimination. We should work on solving these problems because they are currently blocking African Americans from attaining full equality in different ways.
Mass incarceration refers to
the unique, purpose-driven mechanism by which the United States government locks
a large number of people in federal prisons. Currently, the number of African
Americans incarcerated is estimated to be more than that of whites.
Unfortunately, this trend is fuelled by the racism and disparity in ethnicity,
specifically in the State Prisons
Police brutality has played a
key role in advancing the societal problems that African Americans have faced
over the years. One of the most common forms of police brutality exhibited by
the police force is the unwarranted killings of African Americans. It
prompted the campaign across the federal states against police brutality called
'Black Lives Matter'. The essence of the campaign was to stop the ill motives
that the police had toward African Americans. Also, the occurrence of death and
serious injuries was attributed to the excessiveness of the police force. Undeniably,
this has proved traumatic to the victims' families such as George Floyd’s
killing and Sandra Bland’s death
constitutes one of the worst forms of societal problem deeply rooted in the
systems of governance in the United States. This problem has contributed to
joblessness, low-quality education, poor housing, low financial growth, and the
absence of wealth creation among African Americans. Through these, the
stratification of social classes has risen in which the whites are deemed to
belong to the highest classes while the blacks belong lowest. Therefore, discrimination
has contributed to inequality in the United States. The solutions to
discrimination are extensive. They include providing equal academic programs,
providing job opportunities based on merits without favoritism, and enhancing
equality in social service provision in terms of healthcare. Importantly, black
leaders such as Martin Luther Jr played significant roles in ensuring equality
of cuts across all colors in America. Civil rights movements were organized and
executed by other black leaders such as Quincy Jones and Albert Odell Jones
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