Can integrated instructional technology transform the classroom?
Computer-based integrated learning system (ILS) is a system that runs on networked hardware and includes management software as well as courseware. This system has great potential when implemented to its full capacity. ILS instruction covers subject areas such as math, language arts, computer skills, social studies, foreign languages and ESL programs for all grade levels (K-12). This learning system goes beyond practice problems where, students are challenged to delve into complex problem stimulating reflection and mastery of the material. In addition, ILS tracks students’ progress with the generation of an assessment file for each student. The teacher has the capability to partake in one-on-one tutor sessions with his/her students. As a result, the teacher is able to cater to each student’s needs by tailoring specific instruction. Furthermore, the role of the teacher is altered, no longer does the teacher purge knowledge regularly. Now the teacher is more of a facilitator: guiding their students through exercises, coaching through the learning process, and focusing on small groups. Even with all of these advantages, if ILS is used as a supplement rather than an integral part of a lesson, the efficacy is not as prevalent. Fortunately, this article has provided the reader with six guidelines to follow in order to achieve maximum effectiveness of ILS and they are as follows: 1) A sound implementation guide, 2) An appropriate hardware configuration, 3) Adequate time on the ILS program, 4) Adequate computer equipment, 5) Effective ILS teaching (not as a supplement to the classroom), and 6) Supportive, visionary administrators. The article’s concluding remarks stresses that schools and their faculty must be committed to adopting ILS in order to reap the educational benefits of the system.
How can using ILS transform the classroom?
Students are engaged with learning since ILS provides instant gratification and animated activities. ILS is a computerized learning resource that facilitates research and exploration of technology relevant tools. Lastly, each student is given instruction that fits his or her unique needs.
How long does it take for a school to fully adopt ILS?
A minimum of three years is suggested coupled with patience and flexibility.