Educational technology taken further

15 March 2007 | Story by Myolisi Gophe

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, was "fascinated" when UCT presented a "compelling case" for the need to use technology for educational purposes.

He said it was clear that the presentation made by UCT's Centre for Educational Technology (CET) on Tuesday, 13 March, had many possibilities that could improve the learning environment in higher education.

These improvements could also be used in high schools.

"The UCT development approach is of interest to us," he said, adding that he had noted concerns about the absence of a policy on educational technology in higher education.

A UCT member said instead of banning cellphones at schools these could be used as resources.

Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz, director of the CET, said they were perturbed that certain issues fall through the cracks between the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Education.

However, she was pleased that Hanekom had expressed an interest in hosting a forum to bring stakeholders together to address the problems.

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