Attitudes Toward ICT Use in Education - Analysis of Board of Education Website Postings -
Abstract: A board of education director in Hino, Tokyo, Japan, makes daily website postings about the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education. Undergraduate students can learn teaching methods using ICT from the website by means of e-learning. We focused on their feelings regarding the use of ICT in education and analyzed them using text mining. As a result, three main aspects of undergraduate students’ feelings emerged: 1) training programs, support systems and cooperation with relevant departments were important in promoting the use of ICT in education, 2) undergraduate students had a negative preconception of ICT and computers and 3) ICT was useful and effective, but using computers for education had a bad influence on children. In addition, we suggest that they thought ICT was a teaching methodology and the computer was a simple tool for education.