ICT is an acronym that stands for Information Communications Technology.
However, apart from explaining an acronym, there’s no universally accepted definition of ICT. Why? Because the concepts, methods, and applications involved in ICT are constantly evolving on an almost daily basis and it’s difficult to keep up.
A good way to think about ICT is to consider all uses of digital technology that exist to help individuals, businesses and organizations use information. ICT covers any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive information electronically in a digital form. For example, personal computers, digital television, email, robots.
So ICT is concerned with the storage, retrieval, manipulation, transmission or receipt of digital data. Importantly, it is also concerned with the way these different uses can work with each other.
In education, UNESCO considers that ICTs can contribute to universal access to education, equity in education, the delivery of quality learning and teaching, teachers’ professional development and more efficient education management, governance and administration provided the right mix of policies, technologies and capacities are in place.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play an increasingly important role in the way we communicate, learn and live.
The challenge is to effectively harness these technologies in a way that serves the interests of learners and the larger teaching/learning community.