Technology has the power to transform how people learn, but walk into some classrooms and you could be forgiven for thinking you were entering a time warp. There will probably be a whiteboard instead of the traditional blackboard, and the children may be using laptops or tablets, but plenty of textbooks, pens and photocopied sheets are still likely.

ICT in today’s world is core, needed importantly to help children in schools focus on the skills that will equip today for tomorrow’s world of work. These include problem-solving, creative thinking and collaboration. One of the biggest problems with radically changing centuries-old pedagogical methods is that no generation of parents wants their children to be the guinea pigs, we are living in an age of accelerating change. We have to experiment and figure out what works.

It is a new world full of imagination, creativity, innovation and digital wisdom. We are going to have to create the education of the future because it doesn’t exist anywhere today other than in the world of ICT.

The power of technology or ICT in the classroom reflects the idea of inverting traditional teaching methods by delivering instructions online outside of the classroom and using the time in school as the place to do homework, and this has gained in popularity in schools around the globe. The teacher’s role becomes one of a guide, while students watch lectures at home at their own pace, communicating with classmates and teachers online. The teachers facilitate, rather than standing in front of the children telling them what to do, and the children just come in and get on with what they are doing.

The idea of ICT in the classrooms has proven that the kids can excel on their own, with minimal teaching intervention. In the developing world where, according to some estimates, up to 57 million children are unable to attend primary school, the idea of children learning without much adult intervention is a necessity not a luxury.

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