chapter  4
24 Pages

Information and Communications Technology

The rise of information and communication technology (ICT) in schools is apparently unstoppable and developments in ICT seem to many to encapsulate broader trends in education. ICT touches most aspects of education, leading to the formation of new networks of teachers, promoting the development of new approaches to teaching and learning and, through the use of such technological advances as video-conferencing, online forums, blogging tools etc. puts teachers and students in contact with each other on a global scale.1 For most young people the use of technology is a part of their daily lives, and with greater access to a wider range of digital technology than ever before, these young people are using technology to access, communicate, share and support their learning in many different ways. Schools, too, are using their own websites, technology systems and intranets (or virtual learning environments/learning platforms) to make learning resources available online at any time of day. The harnessing of technology in this way remains an important aspect of government and local agendas with the intention of having a strategic impact on the education system.2