10 The Role of Information Technology in Basic Education in Nigeria

The Role of Information Technology in Basic Education in Nigeria

Here in this post, we are going to discuss the role of information technology in basic education in Nigeria. We hope you find this post informative.

This is a computer age and gone are those days when everything has been done manually or traditionally. Information technology can be expressed as the light at the end of the dark tunnel.

In other words, information technology has helped greatly to improve the standard of learning with respect to basic education in Nigeria.

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10 The Role of Information Technology in Basic Education in Nigeria
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What is information technology?

Information technology can simply be defined as the study or the use of computers for storing, receiving, analyzing, manipulating and transmitting of information used in the business sector and the educational sector as well. Information technology according to Wikipedia is a subset of ICT (information and communication technology).

The importance of information technology cannot be overlooked because its dominance extends to all sectors which include: business, education, government, health, organization, etc.

But the focus of this article would be on the role of information technology pertaining to basic education in Nigeria. The dissemination of information has evolved over time.

Information technology in the sense of the word made its first appearance in an article in the year 1958 according to Wikipedia.

Due to the introduction of information technology to the modern world in which Nigeria is not left out, information can now be easily accessed without experiencing difficulty.

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In building a house, the most important thing to consider is the foundation because if the foundation is not strong enough then the building is prone to collapse and the same applies to the educational sector which is very important to develop the minds of the young ones at the basic level on a solid foundation in which the information technology comes to play and in the long run would prove as a beneficial asset.

Basic education in Nigeria was introduced by the federal government in the year 1999 and it was intended to improve the educational sector in Nigeria. It is also regarded as the priority for developing countries and it is the focus of education for all.

In the life of basic education in Nigeria, the role of information technology has helped to improve the learning process.

Learning should be informative, educative and fun-filled and in this aspect information technology has made it possible.

In the bid to be abreast with other countries in terms of computer literacy and technology the curriculum of studies in basic education in Nigeria has included computer studies.

In developed countries, the system of learning is more improved which greatly has impacted on the young minds through information technology.

Also, in Nigeria, the way of learning has also improved as schools have adopted the computerized way of study which has helped to make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.

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The Role of Information in Basic Education in Nigeria

1. Improve the standard of learning

Information technology has helped to bring sunshine into the learning environment by improving the standard of learning.

Through the computer, the way of learning is much easier and fun not only for the students but also for the teachers who don’t have to go through the boring traditional method of note forming and coming to class to explain thoroughly which can be time-consuming.

2. Easy access to information

Information technology has made information easily accessible for students through the use of the computer or any internet enabled device which greatly has changed the face of learning.

With Google, students can gain wide access to educational materials which will help them greatly in their school work. Also, teachers can get information on topics that they are assigned to teach without visiting the library.

3. Access to a variety of learning resources

Information technology aids numerous of resources to enhance the teaching skills of teachers and the learning ability of students through audio-visual education.

4. It fosters interactive learning

Information technology has made learning much more entertaining by promoting active participation in the classroom through interactive learning.

Easy communication between the students and teacher is enabled and this in return makes learning much more exciting.

5. It has helped greatly in school administration

Information technology has helped in keeping a record of students in school and also tracking the academic progress of each student in the school.

It has helped to simplify the work of teachers by saving them the old methods of manually keeping students records.

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6. Broaden the mind of students

The use of information technology has helped to broaden the mind of students by exposing them to a wide range of information which the traditional way of learning would not cover.

7. Access to online libraries

Information can be accessed in detail from online libraries and this has reduced the visit to the local library in the school.

Information technology has made it possible for learning to be much more comprehensive as information from online libraries is more explanatory and understandable.

8. Promote exciting ways to educate students

If the way of teaching is boring students tend to lose interest and as such learning would not be fun.

The use of information technology in basic education has helped to arouse the interest of students through multimedia which has made learning to be exciting.

9. Promotes collaborative learning

Information technology has helped group learning easier for students as it promotes collaborative learning amongst them.

10. Preparation of students for the future

Information technology in basic education has made a career path for students to be easily decided.

It has helped to nurture and develop sound minds for the future which would impact greatly in the development of the country economically or otherwise.

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Information technology in basic education in Nigeria has really changed the way of learning for students and also helped teachers immensely by making teaching more fun and easy.

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