This course is designed to introduce student teachers to information and communication technologies, computer based information systems, their applications, implications and issues surrounding their use. It provides student teachers with background information in the use of computers and serves to meet the general technology/ computer literacy requirement (National Teachers’ Standard: 2c, 2e, 3a, 3e, 3h, 3i, 3k, 3p/ NTECF: Pillar 1, 2 & 3, crosscutting issues; Core skills, assessment). the course provides practical skills in various ways to incorporate technology into the student teacher’s personal educational programme as well as integrating word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, internet applications and services in teaching and learning (National Teachers’ Standard: 1a, 1b, 3b, 3c, 3e, 3d, 3n/NTECF: Pillar crosscutting issues; Core skills, Professional values and attitudes). The course will also explore past and present developments in the field of ICT and expose student teachers to various issues surrounding the use of ICT including ethics, health and safety, privacy, security and intellectual property, inclusivity and equity and other social issues which come up when using ICT within the context of Ghanaian core values, such as honesty, creativity, informed citizenry and lifelong learning to inform professional practice. It adopts methodologies that incorporate authentic assessment and innovative teaching methods to prepare student teachers for operating in diverse learner and learning environments. (National Teachers’ Standard: 1a, 1b, 3b, 3c, 3e, 3d, 3n/NTECF: Pillar crosscutting issues; Core skills, Professional values and attitudes).
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