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Perspectives on ICT4E in the developing world

This paper will attempt to present some practitioner perspectives, insights and experiences which the GeSCI gained from its work in and with partner countries in three continents. The main issues related to Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) in education, as well as the insights provided on the challenges and lessons learned, are drawn from GeSCI’s work in partner countries and from the literature. Significant attention is being paid globally as to how ICTs might be used in schools, colleges and universities to facilitate teaching and learning as well as supporting continuing professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators and lecturers in technology use. ICT in education presents many poor countries with great opportunities, though at the same time presents considerable challenges with regard to infrastructure, cost, sustainability, optimal use and making teaching and learning meaningful for students.