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Caribbean Journal of Education

Using Information and Communication technology in technical and Vocational Education: A Lesson for Agricultural Educators in Jamaica

Publication Date: 
September 2012

The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in education has been well established in a wide variety of areas, however, its use in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and in particular agricultural education has been compromised perhaps as a result of lack of exposure to the various ICT applications that are available to support this area. Today, ICTs are used quite effectively in a wide variety of areas that impact agriculture; however, there is a need to make the connection for potential users to become aware of the vast number of applications that can be accessed and the relatively low cost of implementing these technologies. e Agriculture, as it is termed, is an emerging field focusing on the enhancement of agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication processes. For example, the global positioning system (GPS) can be used quite effectively in the area of security of livestock and other farm inventory. This technology is grossly underutilized in Jamaica.

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