Don says ICT gradually changing age-long role of classroom

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ILORIN – Prof.  Adekunle Olorundare of University of Ilorin in Kwara, on Tuesday, said Information Communication Technology (ICT) was gradually changing the age-long role of classrooms. Olorundare, a in the Faculty of Education, told the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin that students should be careful of how they used ICT “because it is capable of  robbing them of education.

“The Internet is the unrivalled source of information on virtually any topic and subject on earth and its use will undoubtedly reduce the role of teachers and a more creative role for learners.
“However, its use makes students lazy, as they will even endeavour read through and find out how an answer to their questions is reached. They go about copying and pasting.’’
According him, the Global System Mobile (GSM) technology also frustrates intellectual scholarship, especially in English Language, as students nowadays shorten and wrongly spell words.
“Teachers at all levels must be Internet compliant, giving the vast information network of the net at the disposal of students because students often tend not take their studies seriously.’’
The lecturer said assignments were as challenging or involving as they used be because it could be done in record time by surfing the Internet.
The greater risks, he said, was unless concerted efforts were made properly adjust students, scholarship and high academic standard would be compromised.
“Students now spend hours chatting away on facebook, and pinging but cannot stand and address their own colleagues on topics taught in class,’’ he added. (NAN)