- Technology is important in education
- Businesses and economies as a whole depend on technology
- His argument is that the forms of technology currently in use in Ghanaian schools are woefully inadequate
Daniel Jackson, an engineer and a technology management consultant has stated that a technological driven education is critical to Ghana’s development.
He stated that, “the educational sphere has been a bit laggard at adopting technology though there are some inroads in the area of educational technology, the sector as a whole seems to be miles away from the revolution which was promised by the enthusiasts. The question beckoning now is why the gap?”
He believes that Technology, otherwise known as Information and communication technology (ICT) or simply Information Technology (IT) has been ubiquitous in our daily lives and now imbricated in all aspects of society (or at the least aiming to get there). The Business world, especially in the advanced and developed world, have galloped precipitously with technology and is evident in many other fields such as health, sports, retail, mining and nearly every field there is.
This change is important because in Ghana, most of the technology used in education has largely centered on data entry and visual communication (presentations to be precise). The latter is primarily what has come to be known as ICT, where teachers prepare PowerPoint slides of lesson notes and are sometimes enhanced with pictorials for the class.
Although this is a helpful aspect of ICT, technology goes far beyond just amending part or parts of the teaching process by moving it on to the computer whereas all else stays exactly where they were in the 20th century. In this scenario, the computer has now become a visual aid just like posters were used and the immense transformative power of technology to cull information to enhance and deepen understanding as well as to build capacity to make sense out of the content is utterly trounced.
This is vividly apparent in the majority of our social media paradigm where the technology re-enforces a particular hold (viewpoint) due to the algorithms and thereby creating an ever-increasing polarized society. These can be limited by educating the users and laying bare the clandestine objectives these technologies possess. Hence it is time educational institutions take the bull by the horn and tackle the use and misuse of technology. It may not be perfect but it will be a step in the right direction.