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African Journal of Chemical Education

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Empowerment of teaching and learning chemistry through information and communication technologies

B Awad

Abstract


There is an obvious growing of the importance of information and  communication technologies (ICTs) in science education. It is used as a tool for designing new learning environments, integrating virtual models and creating learning communities (e-learning). However, e-learning used in teaching and learning chemistry, including informative material in electronic forms such as; www-pages e-mails, and discussion forums enhances teaching and learning chemistry. In addition to the material delivery and implementation of new electronic tools the e-learning process requires support in technical matters, especial activation of learning processes, and cooperation between teachers to exchange their  experiences and ideas. It is very important to create e-learning in high quality that requires quality management to standardize approaches of e-learning. International cooperation would emphasize these requirements, and even more. In this paper I report experiences of developing a bilingual (English-Arabic) chemistry course in which web or virtual learning environment has been utilized. There is a need for increasing cooperation between teachers, in different countries web-based teaching and learning chemistry. Nowadays extremely actual and perspective educational  technique is used, which is the mobile learning (m-learning). Mobile  learning is the intersection of mobile computing (the application of small, portable, and wireless computing and communication devices) and e-learning (learning facilitated and supported through the use of  information and communications technology). Mobile learning that provides learning is truly independent of time and place and facilitated by portable computers capable of providing rich interactivity, total connectivity, and powerful processing. In May 2005, Ellen Wagner, senior director of Global
Education Solutions at Macromedia, proclaimed that the mobile revolution had finally arrived. [AJCE 4(3), Special Issue, May 2014]



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