Nigeria is a big country, one of the biggest in Africa and the world, when it comes to technology in this continent Nigeria bags the prize for the leading authority in technological advancement.
Although we are not as high-tech as some European countries, we have advanced towards technological goals especially within the past decade.
Among them is giving precedence to educational technology. Educational technology was described as the process involved in researching technology for schools, for them to utilize it for learning, and it also involves the process of implementation of the technology itself.
There are many types of educational technology used in schools in Nigeria. Granted, some schools lack the infrastructure, but technology is rapidly becoming common even in Government secondary schools in Nigeria.
Different types of educational technology are being adopted and put in place in schools by the combined effort of the Government and private sectors. The Ministry Of Education in Nigeria has played a big role in bringing technology to the grasp of students.
The most prominently used technological tools are found to be the most affordable and easy to implement, and they are well suited to our learning environment.
In Nigerian primary and secondary schools. Among the most popularly used technological tools, you will find software customized to fit a school’s administrative needs, computer labs, and so on.
We will be taking a closer look at each of them in this post below. First, we have got:
The advent of smartphones and tablets saw an explosion in the amount of information people consume daily. They could log onto a website and check all there is to know about health, technology, trade, business, and so on. The average user spends more than 10 hours on their mobile device.
Mobile devices are not only used to consume general information, they became an apparatus for learning. Most students own a smartphone now, and because of their versatility they have become the go-to option for the students when they have school work to do.
For example, they use it when they want to; access the internet, collaborate with their fellow classmates, share files and documents, do some research and watch educational videos online.
The mobile phone has gradually evolved to become the next educational technology to help students complete their homework and to do other academic tasks.
There are thousands of apps that were built specifically for learners, there are apps to help kids count, apps for nursery rhymes, apps for Physics students, language apps, etc. It is mobile technology that enabled them access to all of these advancements in educational technology.
A computer lab or “computer room” is a prominent feature found in almost all schools in Nigeria. Learning ICT would be but impossible without them.
The computer labs are exactly what their name suggests, they are rooms packed with desktop computers. The lab is used to teach students about computers and computing, about technology and other growing trends in the IT world. Students are taught how to use the devices to create documents, save them, and even play games. Games are fundamental to learning about computers because it teaches one a lot about programming and understanding it.
You can find other peripheral devices in the computer lab like the printer, scanner, office supplies such as staplers, and projectors, to aid with the teaching of the students.
For some students, a lesson in the computer lab is their first real contact with a computer system. It is usually intimidating for them at first, but with practice, they get the hang of it and become quite good at using this type of educational technology that their schools put at their disposal.
Schools in Nigeria are revolutionizing how they run their administration and are adopting a new type of educational technology to make them more efficient.
They are adopting the use of computer software to log in students’ data, the data involves their names and other personal information, number of classes they will be attending in each session, their test results, attendance, and other similar information regarding the student.
The software is also used for managing daily school activities and for collection of school fees.
These software applications are tailored to fit each particular school. The companies making them program them differently for each school so that it could be in perfect sync with the student population of the school, the technological needs of the school, or the type of school, i.e. boarding or day, secondary or primary.
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popular, and most schools pay their school fees and other charges online. It is a big step up from having to do each and every task manually.
Most of the technologies mentioned above have been operating in schools in Nigeria for years now, especially the computer lab, it has only been seeing upgrades but the general infrastructure is the same with past labs.
Technology is renewing every time, as it does, schools are expected to cope and adapt to this change so that they can provide the best possible education.
Nigeria is actively reacting to this change, it is partnering with the private sector to provide the much-needed advancement in educational technology and the Government is providing funds where it is needed to ensure that a robust integration of educational technology is in progress in schools across the nation.
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