Using Information Technology

Using the Internet in education has three main functions:

  • Information: retrieving articles, journals, accessing statistics, linking with particular organisations and campaigns and significant information sources
  • Sourcing: accessing different sources/perspectives, types of information through libraries, catalogues, lists of development experts, NGOs, etc.
  • Key skills development: researching, retrieving, critical analysis, evaluating, communicating, fieldwork, organising information, etc.

The Internet can be used in the development of lesson/project plans, for resource material, planning workshops/presentations/debates and discussions. It can be used to join campaigns or organisations or to obtain documents and case studies. Some examples include:

Identifying up-to-date facts and figures on specific countries or topics, e.g.:

Obtaining case studies/updates on particular issues or themes, e.g.:

Accessing background notes on specific issues prior to teaching them, e.g.:

Linking to specific campaigns, e.g.:

Obtaining and printing out the full text of important international documents, e.g.:

Linking with others who have similar interests and sharing ideas, activities, experiences and resources, e.g.:

Sourcing Ideas

Sourcing detailed ideas and suggestions for classroom or workshop activities on a host of issues from human rights to celebrating various 'international days' to ordering appropriate resources on a huge variety of subjects. Many of these ideas and suggestions can be printed out free from other sites and are also available on this site.

Accessing views and opinions

Accessing the views and opinions of any Third World organisations and networks which are usually difficult to access, e.g.: