' It is not just about computers, but rather the whole range of methods of handling, controlling and communicating
information. ' - John Janulewski, ICT Link Adviser, School Improvement Service
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has many facets to its delivery in schools and other
It is a discrete subject in its own right - to furnish pupils and students with the skills necessary to use the full range of ICT hardware and software available today.
ICT - handling, controlling and communicating information
It is also a proven tool to help pupils and students learn across the whole range of curriculum subjects encouraging achievement and hence
It is not just about computers, but rather the whole range of methods of handling, controlling and communicating information, from the
remote control of your satellite TV to sophisticated computer managed functions such as a large school’s data management system.
The power of ICT lies in being able to handle vast amounts of information very quickly, for example being able to sort your home address
from a national database of all addresses in the UK in the time it takes to blink.
It also enables changes to systems to be modelled safely, for example systems can predict what will happen to an aircraft if changes are
made to its structure - not a process that can be taken lightly in the real world!
It is both these factors that underline the use of ICT in education.
Systems can predict what will happen to an aircraft if changes are made to its structure
Its ability to manipulate and present text and graphics quickly as well as its ability to use data to control existing systems and model new
ones, enables learners of all ages to learn in an active and constructive way.
ICT is a tool for our use it can ease workloads, make existing tasks faster, make complex calculations possible and model systems for the
future that will further benefit our lives and economy.
The employable person of the future will need to be 'ICT literate' as well as have, at least, the basic skills of literacy and
numeracy since ICT is beginning to be used in many new areas of work each day.