South African Journal of Education
On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
MIHAI, Maryke and NIEUWENHUIS, Jan. Management challenges in an information communication technology (ICT) network in rural schools. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2015, vol.35, n.4, pp. 01-10. ISSN 2076-3433. http://dx.doi.org/10.15700/saje.v35n4a1203.
This study concerns the management of an interactive whiteboard (IWB) network started in April 2008 in Mpumalanga, with a leading school partnered with several disadvantaged schools, transmitting lessons in Mathematics and Science. Many educational institutions try to provide learners with better learning opportunities by equipping schools with the latest technology. The IWBs have been invested in the most and the project is very successful in bridging the urban-rural divide. Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) play an important role in reforming education. This study concentrated on the key managerial challenges to leaders when faced with introducing, accepting and managing new technology in their schools. The purpose of the study was to describe the management approach that developed during the implementation of the IWB network and what possible contribution the lessons learnt from this case study could have on management theory regarding the management of ICTs in similar multi-school models.
Keywords : Information Communication Technology; Interactive whiteboards; management approach; management challenges; rural schools.