Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

ICT – What does it mean? (A very good source for defining ICT is a wikibook page:  ICT in Education/Definition of Terms)

You see the letters ICT everywhere – espeacially in education. But what does it mean? Read my brief introduction to this important and fast-changing subject. Should you be still interested and wanting to learn more, head over to my ICT pages for more in-depth tutorials and posts.

ICT is an acronym that stands for Information Communications Tecnology

However, apart from explaining an acronym, isn’t there a universally accepted definition of ICT? Why not? Because the concepts, methods and applications involved in ICT are constantly evolving on an almost daily basis. Its difficult to keep up with the changes – they happen too fast.

Lets focus on the three words behind ICT:

INFORMATION – COMMUNICATIONS – TECHNOLOGY

A good way to think about ICT is to consider all the uses of digital technology that already exist to help individuals, businesses and organisations use information.

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The buzzword lately has been the 21st Century Skills and IMHO these two are overlapping and mean almost the same thing. The big question has been:

How do we bring ICT as a tool into everyday teaching and learning?

The way I see it this might not be actually that difficult, not at least if I would believe all the non-technical adults who say: Soon the kids will teach you how to use tech, they are diginatives! Unfortunately that is a huge misconception. Kids are great consumers of technology and content produced on tech platforms, but it seems that the more better (easier to use) products Apple and Google create, the less tech savvy kids we get.

One answer to this question is to utilize tech skills levels, rank and educate your staff according to a vigorous PD plan. Or we could use a Tech Framework like TPACK.

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While implementing a framework we can allow a greater diversity amongst our skill levels, because we know that all of us contributing into different aspects of our model.