The Melbourne Declaration provides some amazing points as to why education must incorporate information and communication technologies into their learning environments.
Globalisation and technological change are placing greater demands on education and skill development in Australia and the nature of jobs available to young Australians is changing faster than ever (p. 4)
The Melbourne Declaration quote above provides evidence that Australian education believes that Globalisation and technological change is placing great demands on education as teacher’s develop children who will be involved in future jobs involving technology that’re changing faster than ever. Students go to school for an education, an education that will prepare them for the real world. Technologies are used more than ever in society and at the rate that they’re rapidly being updated, the technological world isn’t changing or slowing down anytime soon. It’s teacher’s jobs to prepare students for future their careers in society to the best of their abilities, therefore they must incorporate the most updated technologies in their classroom. This will ensure that students are constantly faced with the challenge of working with and figuring out how to use the new and most recently updated technological tools society has to offer.
Rapid and continuing advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing the ways people share, use, develop and process information and technology. In this digital age, young people need to be highly skilled in the use of ICT. While schools already employ these technologies in learning, there is a need to increase their effectiveness signiﬁcantly over the next decade. (p. 5)
The Melbourne Declaration provides evidential statements believing that information and communication technologies (ICT’s) are changing people’s lives as they need to be highly skilled in the area of ICT as they share, use, develop and process these technologies. They believe that because of this schools need to be keeping up to date and continuously increasing the ICT tools effectiveness in the classroom. Providing these experiences allows us to prepare students for the real world of technology where ICT’s are literally used everywhere, every day.
As a future educator and second authority figure (besides parents and guardian) in children’s lives, it is my responsibility to shape, mould and prepare my students for the future and if that means I need to incorporate various, multiple ICT tools into the classroom, then so be it. By providing experiences involving a range of ICT tools in the classroom students are not only provided the opportunity to use them to enhance skills and capabilities, but are also provided to do so in a safe environment where they’re taught how to properly use these tools. In today’s day in age, with an evolving technological society, students need to know how and what technologies to use, as well as when and where to use them. If they don’t the real world will be confronting and I fear they may not survive.
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