Time to embrace digital revolution for entrepreneurship development.

Time to embrace digital revolution for entrepreneurship development.

 

In line with this year’s DPN 2018 Convention theme “Development in the digital Age” we as Development Practitioners Network will be launching yet another Exciting and Informative free Digital Skills Training to young people aged 18 to 35 years in Zimbabwe. Our Aim is to make a difference in the lives of young people by providing them with digital skills to enter the digital world and utilize the available opportunities in the digital space.

In collaboration with Google and Skills Drill Kenya, the free digital training will be implemented in 8 provinces namely Harare, Bulawayo, Midlands, Manicaland, Masvingo, Mashonaland West, East, Central provinces from the 1st of June to the 31st of December 2018.The project will see over 50000 young people being trained in online digital marketing channels, online business skills and their capacity to effectively and efficiently use the internet.

Do not be left out! Learn all the essentials of internet and working online with our Digital Skills training program. The world is going digital. It’s time to arm yourself with the necessary skills to stay relevant in your career.

Be A Part Of This!!!

For more information Contact us on +0242 776111-2 or Email us at info@dpn.org.zw

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What is Information and Communication Technology in Education?

What is Information and Communication Technology in Education?

“ICT in Education” means “Teaching and Learning with ICT”.
Worldwide research has shown that ICT can lead to improved student learning and better teaching methods. A report made by the National Institute of Multimedia Education in Japan, proved that an increase in student exposure to educational ICT through curriculum integration has a significant and positive impact on student achievement, especially in terms of “Knowledge Comprehension“, “Practical skill” and “Presentation skill” in subject areas such as mathematics, science, and social studies.
However, it can be seen that there are many education technology solutions provided in the world which might cause confusion among educators on how to choose the right ICT solution. In Zimbabwe, we have platforms such as Ruzivo Digital Learning which is implementing ICT in Education. This type of learning is more graphical, visual and enjoyable for the pupils which makes it easy for them to grasp the concepts being taught.
3 Main advantages of ICT tools for education

  1. Through ICT, images can easily be used in teaching and improving the retentive memory of students.
  2. Through ICT, teachers can easily explain complex instructions and ensure students’ comprehension
  3. Through ICT, teachers are able to create interactive classes and make the lessons more enjoyable, which could improve student attendance and concentration.
Benefits of Using ICT in Learning for Development

Benefits of Using ICT in Learning for Development

The term ICT has become part of everyday language and is synonymous with television, the internet, e-mail, the mobile phone, hand-held personal devices, and an ever-growing array of new inventions. Those who work in academic institutions and development agencies and who are concerned about the challenges of development look to ICT to help find ways to assist students, clients and adults to learn more effectively.

1) ICT enables information and knowledge to travel faster and furtherICT is, and will continue to be, a catalyst in advancing economic growth and poverty reduction. New information and communication technologies overcome the barriers of distance and time, and significantly improve the accessibility of information and knowledge. As a result, the sharing of information and knowledge quickly and effectively becomes feasible and acts as a key element in achieving development goals and mitigating the impact of unforeseen events such as natural disasters or outbreaks of disease. Distance education using ICT also offers potential learning opportunities to those previously excluded.
Access to information and knowledge is critical to development learning. Generally speaking, ICT is suited to quickly reaching larger numbers of people across a wide geographical space. The ability of radio and television to reach into both urban concentrations and remote areas is unquestioned. The Internet is fast becoming the communication tool that is unrivalled for its power, speed and ability to reach a vast number of users world-wide. Video conferences that allow people to see each other and to exchange information and ideas in real time can also reach large numbers. The mobile phone is becoming commonplace and contributes greatly to information transmission among small businesses and entrepreneurs. E-mail is another familiar ICT product that allows large numbers of people to communicate directly, cheaply and fast.

2) ICT supports information and knowledge sharing on a large scaleKnowledge sharing and learning are increasingly recognized as being powerful contributors to the development process. The classic training model which has been and continues to be widely used to transmit knowledge and information to trainees does not usually promote knowledge sharing and learning in the manner now considered more effective in contributing to the growth of individuals and communities.
As ICT continues to innovate and advance, its capacity to support interactivity, from one-way broadcasting to two-way interaction, from asynchronous (not real time) to synchronous (real time) grows. The development and increasing availability of new and affordable information communication technology, such as email, e-discussion tools, instant messaging, IP phone, offers promise for widening the scope and scale of knowledge sharing and learning for development. Many practitioners seek guidance on how best to use these technologies in meeting their specific development learning challenges.

3) ICT makes available just-in-time information and knowledge for learning
In the workplace and in everyday living people seek specific knowledge and skill when and where they need it. ICT makes available and accessible just-in-time information and knowledge sharing thereby providing opportunities for continued life-long learning.
Just-in-time learning means acquisition of knowledge and skills as they are needed. It is driven by each learner’s need and the content can be customized. It happens at the moment when the learner is going to apply the knowledge and skill, so the learner is in an active and ready-to-learn mode. Living in the information age, people can learn just-in-time, and just what they need. Information and learning becomes more relevant to needs and can be immediately applied. Learning is more likely to take place when the learner needs information, knowledge or skills to apply to the solution of an immediate problem or to complete a task.
Those who own or have access to computers and the Internet can open up a wealth of information and learning resources either by on-line searching or by using CD-ROMs or DVDs for self-paced learning. Well developed and organized websites and various online publications, as well as powerful search engines can offer a tremendous amount of information and knowledge twenty-four hours a day.
ICT offers the possibility of structuring and delivering learning resources and opportunities when learners need them. “Companies can use technology to create just-in-time learning and decision support systems that harnesses and disseminates the knowledge of the organization and helps managers make better decisions while learning,”

4) ICT has brought about revolutionary advances in distance learning
Distance learning, where learning takes place away from the place of instruction, has a long history and correspondence courses can be dated back to the mid-19th century. The use and popularity of personal computers and related applications, especially digital technologies and the Internet have, since the mid-1990s, continued to bring about revolutionary advancement and have reshaped the landscape for distance learning.
The vital benefit of distance learning is that it provides learning opportunities to those who would otherwise be excluded. One of the major strengths of ICT is its ability to reach out to and include learners and clients who are separated by geography or are prevented from participating in learning activities by infrastructure, time or financial constraints. Due to its great accessibility and flexibility, distance learning using modern ICT has invigorated both adult education and training, and organizational training and learning.

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