What ICT are????

Well I have been working on my EDC3100 work for quit a few hours tonight and I came to the reading ICT transforming Education Written by Johnathan Anderson (2010). It talked about how ICT started off being called IT, when the internet came on board it was then renamed to ICT. This really interested me as I remember when we only had computers and floopy disks in our classroom and then one day pop we had the internet. I stayed away from the internet for quit some time as it did not really interest me and I liked reading books. This then lead me to look around my house to notice that we have 2 laptops, 2 desktops, 3 iPads, 3 iPhones, 2 printers, WIFI capable TV’s and 3 gaming stations. All of the ICT’s take over our lives now. My books are now all on my iPad, the only books in this house are our children’s books. I feel it is a little sad to see us moving on from one form of information to another but at the same time I enjoy the use of these ICT. I feel without these living in the 21st century would be very difficult.

The next thing I noticed was that my children 3 and 6 years can use these ICT almost better then me. It is crazy to see how different things are to when I was a child. I decided to ask my daughter what an encyclopaedia was she had no idea but said “Ask google mummy”. This made me laugh as my mum would tell me to look things up in a dictionary or encyclopaedia.

So this leads me to a question is all this ICT good for our children and what are the best ways to teach them about all the ICT available to them?

3 thoughts on “What ICT are????

  1. I still tell my kids to look it up in a dictionary and had my 7 year old look in a thesaurus. When they get a bit older I’ll let them use the computer more, but at the moment I’ll keep them with books.

  2. My children and I look things up both on the computer and in books; sometimes we’ll start with books, then see what else we can Google up.

    I believe that it’s important for children to be comfortable and literate with both methods however, to help equip them for the unknown future, in which they will be adults, I feel that assisting them to learn to use ICTs to find and make meaning, and to be able to integrate various new and existing technologies organically can only benefit them.

  3. Hi Kylie

    my children are 7 & 9 and I am often asking them how to do things on the ipad or ipod touch BUT after this semester, although my mind feels a little fuzzy and there is still so much to learn, I feel confident to say that I will be teaching them some new ICT skills. My ICT skills are increased through this course. I believe as educators it is vital that we increase our skills in this technological 21st century and continue to grow and learn with our students. I also think it’s ideal to be able to help and teach our own children as we advance through these technological times.

    Karen.

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