Albugami, SS and Ahmed, V
'Towards successful implementation of ICT in Saudi schools
12th International postgraduate research conference 2015 : Book of abstracts, 10-12 June 2015, MediaCityUK, University of Salford
, University of Salford. School of Construction and Property Management, Salford.
In the last few decades, the massive advances in information and communication technology (ICT) encouraged many countries all over the world to integrate technology tools into classrooms. Computers, the internet, interactive whiteboards, mobile devices, and an assortment of other technological tools have now turned out to be valuable teaching and learning resources. Therefore, several research studies indicated that the use of technological tools creates an environment where students are more actively engaged in the learning process as opposed to the traditional education where they are passive observers and listeners. Saudi Arabia government is not in isolation from this, they have invested heavily in the ICT field. Nonetheless, the progression has often been disappointing; there is still a clear gap between the availability of ICT technology and methods of implementation. Simply, there is no meaning to instructional practices or investing huge amounts of money to equip schools with ICT tools unless they are used effectively with clear strategies, the intended benefits may not be realized. Therefore, this paper focuses on identifying the critical success factors for the implementation of ICT in Saudi Arabian schools, by reviewing the relevant literature, highlighting the barriers that may hinder the utilization of ICT. The literature revealed that a successful implementation of ICT in education requires paying attention to some factors. For example, providing adequate infrastructure, adequate management support, adequate teacher training on ICT and pedagogy, a clear educational policy and evaluation on an ongoing basis.
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