The Importance of Ict's in Education

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THE ROLE OF ICT IN EDUCATION AS A TOOL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Name: Keziah K. John Age: 15 Form: 5 Institution: Hillsborough Secondary School Contact #: 406-2340/443-7725 National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission P.O Box 854 Maurice Bishop Highway St. George “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.” (Thomas Friedman) As human beings, we are presently in one of the most innovative and exceptional technogical eras that the industry has ever seen. With the introduction of smartphones, laptops, PDA’s and every other curvy, sexy and innovative gadget that grabs the attention of those who aim to be technological savvy, the craving, temptations and desire never ceases. Even more alarming is the fact that these recent technological advances are used by almost everyone!!! ; from a preschool child that plays educational games on his father’s i-Pad, to the seniors who take advantage of useful applications such as eReader. Evidently speaking, as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) diffuses into the 21st century, it has also become a key factor in contributing to the economic growth in some of the most advanced and third world developing countries. Notably, by introducing and developing the concept of ICT’s, it can be deemed as one of most transformative factors in creating

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