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The IT Job Training Center is currently working on it new Website that is soon to be launched.

The website is more informative and interactive, and has a modern design. Moreover, a lot of features will be introduced which include an electronic Job Board and online application.

The website will be updated daily and staff, students (former & current) and parents will have user accounts.

It is undeniable that a website is indispensable in this day and age, and with this in mind, the institute embarked on this step.

Specifically in education, the internet is an unparalleled experience that has revolutionized the educational system. Many documented studies by top public (Incl. US & UK Education Depts.) and private organizations have shown that the internet is of high significance to education: it is indispensable. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is one of them. In fact the UNESCO has set up the separate UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education (IITE) which is dedicated to researching, promoting and educating the masses on the immeasurable benefits of using the internet in Education.

Thus it comes as no surprise that all the top universities in the world utilize the incredible power of the internet, which includes offering online education leading to various certifications including Diplomas, Degrees, Masters and Doctorates. In addition to paid courses, these institutions offer free open courseware and information in all subjects from literature to engineering. Top companies like Microsoft and Cisco offer courses online that lead to professional accreditations. Technical schools, high schools, primary and even primary and elementary schools overseas now maximize the internet in education. This trend is currently being embraced in PNG with the Divine Word University a notable one, let alone other private institutions. However, even the Divine Word University has a long way to go – and PNG has still got a long way to catch up. But thanks to technology, that is now a reality – it’s just a matter of implementing.

No one can deny that our overseas counterparts enjoy a significantly higher quality of education. Nevertheless, the internet has no limits and Internet in education decreases the gap in the quality and quantity of information provided for education between developed and developing countries. The e-Learning Foundation’s research findings published on the BBC reveal that children with access to online education resources achieved higher grade average grade in exams than those who did not. Internet to education is no longer a luxury but rather a necessity in this day and age.

Internet in education is something that has taken the world by storm. While the Internet in education does a lot for students, there are also benefits for parents and teachers, administrators and the general public. Internet in education ushers in fundamental structural changes that are integral to achieving significant improvements in education, supporting both teaching and learning, it infuses classrooms with learning tools; expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; builds 21st century skills; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning.

Internet in education helps by providing the opportunity to restructure educational activities (to increase relevance, individualization, engagement, and academic challenge). It provides improved/increased resources (including information, images, data, and multimedia) and provides improved/increased communication (among teachers and students, and with parents, subject-matter experts, and the community). Internet in education provides conducive environment for the development of critical thinking and media literacy.

The Internet is a vital part of the education process; resources for learning and educating are implemented into lesson plans and homework every day. With less cost, effort and resources on the providers part students can access unlimited amounts of information to broaden their education. With Internet access in schools, there is almost no limit to what students can learn. In the past decade, internet in education has significantly increased in popularity mainly because it offers clear benefits over conventional educational facilities. Traditional teaching methods might not be the norm anymore.

Communication and information are the two most important uses of the Internet. Education is communication. Communication is education. The Internet is the most useful medium of communication since writing. The medium is inherently educative. One cannot venture into a new virtual space without learning something. The Internet is multimedial. In the age of television, schools cannot create compelling learning situations using just chalk, worksheets, texts, and speech. Educating the “savvy media consumer” that is our current student requires the use of sound, images, video, animation, interactivity, and hypertextuality.

Most all schools are limited in the possibility to acquire the necessary quantity of printed copies of the most authoritative reference and informative publications. Internet in education drastically decreases the cost of information delivery to users, let alone the education providers. Further huge savings are enjoyed both by the providers and users because 4

 

there are no additional costs for transportation and accommodation and others, including fewer teachers to pay. Online education programs and courses also cost a lot cheaper than those taken in a traditional school.

Another important factor is that textbooks are one of the greatest expenses of schools. They are easily damaged and lost, and, in this age of rapid advancement, they often become obsolete before being published. The Internet contains much more compelling information resources than textbooks, as well as real-world data which should become the primary “raw material” of teaching and learning. These remain fresh, and can be edited and kept up-to-date with very little effort. Information can be updated or modified at any time and for any number of times, which helps in learning and better understanding. Moreover, online education materials are flexible and accessible 24/7, from virtually everywhere.

Internet in education will allow for educational material to be simultaneously available to many students and teachers in different locations, and enable them to interact with each other anytime from wherever they are. The fast and relatively low-cost access is one of the major benefits of Internet, including the didactic effectiveness of teaching, and the ability to communicating directly with experts. It aids the development of communication, writing and critical thinking skills. Then there is the permanent possibility of easy and accurate update, easy electronic filing, no additional costs, immediate transmission, permanently accessible information site (24 h/day), reduction of “paperwork” and oral/written standard requests

Another advantage in this sphere is the integration of information resources which leads not only to increased accessibility, but also to the quantitative growth and qualitative diversity of the remotely delivered information, with no need for each educational institution and single user to acquire and maintain expensive and complicated equipment required for emplacement of large quantities of information. This is not to mention the quickness of information retrieval, including online access mode. This mode eliminates many inconveniences experienced in the traditional setting.

The interactive learning that the Internet provides can help students and parents with little or no English skills to learn English. Parents can become more involved in their children’s education. In addition, there is no age, grade or location barrier – and thus aids in adult literacy. It enables those that would otherwise have no option, to be literate and educated. Online education provides resources for those who don’t normally have the opportunity to access an educational institution. Students who have limited income and must work full time or those who have health constraints can attend high school or post-secondary school online. Moreover, the Internet provides students of any age with the ability to collaborate with others and answer questions they cannot answer on their own.

Internet in education offers a world of information in one place. It has opened up the possibility of disregarding the physical presence of a teacher and a classroom, and other physical constraints. It facilitates access to interactive and dynamic materials (which are easy to publish). It is liberating, and gives rise to independent learning – helps instill self discipline. The person is on his/her own and is personally responsible for making sure that he/she takes the time needed to get assignments done. This self discipline that they learn is going to carry over into the work environment.

Information can be accessed from the safety of the home or from anywhere else, anytime 24/7. It is very convenient, let alone saves time and money on travel. Online education materials can be consulted from anywhere, at any time and as many times as you want; all of which certainly facilitate learning. It has been proven that the more comfortable we are –the easier and entertaining it is to assimilate knowledge.

The same goes for teachers and administrators. It enables administrators and teachers to spend less time on administration and record-keeping. This would also give them more time for students. The Internet is an added bonus for teachers looking for more information on subjects. Teachers will access educational materials (lesson plans, curriculum ideas, information to enhance your students’ learning in the classroom). It allows them to efficiently communicate with parents and other teachers through email. Teachers can have their own class pages that parents can check at their convenience to see what is going on in the classroom.

The teaching & learning style & pace are flexible, which are factors that have been proven to be significant in student achievement. Tutorials, practices, examples and assignments aid to further the education process. Internet in education has the power to transform teaching by ushering in a new model of connected teaching. This model links teachers to their students and to professional content, resources, and systems to help them improve their own instruction and personalize learning. Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning; reducing costs associated with instructional materials or program delivery; and better utilizing teacher time.

The school will also be able to have an online data management system (Database) that will, among other things, make available many resources like due fees notifications, transcripts etc. Certain fields in the database can be also be made public available such as the photos of past and current students and their brief profile including date of enrollment and expiry date etc. The public availability of certain information such as these helps a lot to prevent the forging of student certificates etc which taints the school reputation as a company employs an unskilled poor-performing applicant who claims to be a graduate of the school. Forging of certificate also causes loss of potential revenue as non-students use the school for free and past/current students should upgrade in the subjects failed, thus bringing in more revenue, instead of forgery.

Such an education portal will also be an advertising/marketing tool for the school that is very powerful yet extremely cheap in comparison with other mediums (as the internet is the best advertising/marketing medium). This will be available 24/7 to people absolutely everywhere. Moreover, thanks to modern technology, we can now access the internet on mobile phones and other mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.

Then there are the issues of equipment/material shortage, overcrowding, deteriorating infrastructure etc. Fortunately, these can be alleviated by internet in education. A website far exceeds TV, radio, print and other medium in education.

One of the features is e-library for every school which is very advantageous. This is very vital as it is a great challenge to physically equip schools with a modern well-stocked and up-to-date library.

The respective school websites will also have resource materials like Phonics, Parts of Speech, Geometry etc that students can access anytime.

Then there is e-learning (LMS) which covers everything from student registration to online exams and certification. Among many other things, it allows a teacher to post all lessons online to be accessible by students anytime and anywhere, follow up on these up with assignments that students can submit online and check these online with the ability to add remarks. Needless to say, the schools can even offer paid e-courses online which has many benefits on its own.

Another major issue currently faced is the students being preoccupied with online activities, mainly socialising on Facebook and other sites. With the PNG Network concept, schools can have their own social networking sites similar to Facebook so students will be able to socialise online with school matters. Thus instead of adversely affecting their studies, it will, on contrary, enhance their learning.

Overall, these entail many benefits. But all these benefits of internet in education are only the tip of the ice-berg. With all these factors and many more, we find that the significance of internet in education can’t be refuted.

And a school that utilizes internet in education shows it is a truly professional and modern outfit and is steps ahead of its peers, regardless of its physical parameters. That school also saves tons of money, time and other resources while giving it the ability to reach out to many more students than would have been possible in the traditional settings, thus increasing intake and revenue etc.


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