The Importance of Information and Communications Technology Essay

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The Importance of Information and Communications Technology

Information and communications technology (ICT) is generally regarded as the overlap of computer information and telecommunications technologies, and their applications. In this document the term ICT is used to indicate the whole range of technologies involved in information processing and electronic communications, including the internet, electronic mail and videoconferencing.

In recent years ICT has had, and is continuing to have, an increasingly significant impact on all aspects of society. There are few areas of life, at home and in work, where this new technology has not made an impact. ICT expands our access to, and understanding
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It is thus of vital importance that all young people have adequate access to ICT and that they develop the necessary skills, taking full advantage of the learning capabilities that ICT offers. Schools have a special responsibility to ensure that young people receive the provision that they are entitled to. As the 5-14 stages represent 9 out of the 11 years of compulsory education, they have a key role to play in developing ICT capability.

Several aspects of ICT are particularly significant for schools. These are:

· the importance of developing ICT skills to meet the needs of the individual and society

· exploiting the potential of ICT to support learning and teaching across the curriculum

· the uses of ICT to support broader educational aims, such as positive dispositions towards learning, enhanced presentation of work, problem solving and investigative approaches

· the potential for communicating and researching locally and globally, including access to a global bank of information

· the ability to share ideas and work collaboratively

· the ability to access expertise through a variety of techniques.

Ultimately the educational purpose of ICT should be to assist pupils to play their full part in society. They should be well informed about the current and potential applications of ICT and be skilled and effective in using them. They
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