Basic Technology Resources for Content Development, Delivery and Assessment
Bamukunda Hillary (Uganda)
The presentation will be centered around the theme of content and learning management with the topic of basic technology resources for content development, delivery, and assessment. The objectives will be:
- To transform education and learning through ICTs.
- To upgrade the traditional ways of teaching using ICT-related resources.
- To make the modern-day classroom a creative arena with ICT for learners.
It is imperative to note that in a world where technology is playing an increasingly important role, it is essential to encourage and enhance the use of ICT in the academic arena to stay up-to-date with the rest of the world and avail of the opportunities that the modern world has to offer. Students and learners should, therefore, be equipped with all possible skills to match the increasing demand for ICT skills in day-to-day activities.
Moreover, computers can change current pedagogical practices in secondary schools and universities worldwide. It is universally accepted that computers allow more independent exploration, more personalized activities, more teamwork, and, more significantly, less didactic instruction. The role of the teacher, therefore, changes from information dispenser to that of information manager, from authoritative source of information to a guide of self-propelled exploration (Smith, 1989). Our biggest hope is to improve the educational outcomes for our children so that they can have skills that match the current economic and social development boosted and supported by ICTs worldwide. The priority for policymakers should, therefore, be to cater to and provide necessary support to have ICT at the forefront of the development of economic, social, and education sectors globally.
Bamukunda Hillary is a Ugandan educator, author, and researcher with expertise in teacher education, professional development, and curriculum studies. He has conducted research on using ICT in low-ICT-resourced classrooms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, he is the projects coordinator at the Uganda National English Language Teacher’s Association (UNELTA) and has led several successful projects for teachers in Uganda. Hillary is also a writer, publishing poems and short stories in East Africa, and has coordinated literary reading and writing workshops. He has worked to decentralize ELT activities and improve English Language Teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa.