On using information and communication technology as one of many learn
Recently, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, had remarked that modern technologies and the Internet were great mediums for the masses for communication and education, however, it was a matter of great concern and regret that these were increasingly being 'used for terror activities, for sale of spurious drugs and by children to watch porn content'.
MANY EDUCATORS are advocating the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for education by unifying all kinds of telecommunications such as telephone lines, wireless signals, computers, internet, software and audio-visual systems through a single cabling or link system. Market forces are pressure selling the smart classrooms to the educational institutions to enable users, both teachers and students, to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information based on ICT.
Both the government and private sectors are building ICT infrastructures for combining telephone network with the computer network system with a single cabling, signal distribution, marketing and management for educational purposes. But, many think that the private sector soon will be able to 'colonize the minds' of students and teachers for selling ICT and profit from it.
Though, originally new information technologies were introduced as educational and information exchange tools, but soon they became the part of entertainment, commerce, chat rooms, instant messages, emails, social networking and cyber crimes. So much so, that internet addiction and new software are taking away our cognitive functions and making us dull and stupid.
A right kind of thinking and attitude is needed to be developed about the virtual world
first before using it. I think, up to an age of 11, the use of computers in schools should not be done and experiential learning leading to formation of a rational mind should be stressed. Thereafter, using the internet for educational purposes as one of the many sources of information should be taught that to rationally and discerningly.