Why is ICT different? A very interesting question. It probes questions and thoughts such as what makes it so important and what is ICT? How can we use ICT in a classroom setting and why is ICT different to traditional classroom settings?
As stated by Chris Woodford in his article about Analog and Digiatal it discusses the different about analog and digital and how this impact the term ICT. They discuss the different between analog and digital and there benefits. The reading then poses the questions about which is better between the two. I found this very interesting as it helped assist the questions about ICT and how they are different.
Society is changing and always will. Today you walk into a shopping centre and children have technology at there finger tips. This morning I walked into the shopping centre and noticed in the shopping trolley was a spot to put your phone facing the child seat so that children could use the phone while the parent was shopping! What a great idea. A few years ago I thought that technology was just a ‘cheap babysitter’ however in the last few years I have really started to believe that by not offering children access to technology we are only advantaging them to get a head start essentially as no matter what we do these children are growing into a world that is surrounded by technology. As I said earlier you walk into a shopping centre and the screen at McDonald’s is now digital to order from, there are digital signs changing to show us adds, TV’s in store and I Pad’s at the hairdressers to assist children when getting a hair cut. You cannot run from it. With the way society is going children need access to technology to learn and understand. So if we are surrounded by a world faced with ICT or technology then why would we not offer this into a classroom where children are meant to learn.
ICT can be defined as
“ICT (information and communications technology – or technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications…”
ICT is different to a pencil or book as it offer’s an interactive communication device for children to learn from. It offers them a different approach of learning. Children will learn different things when using pencils and books compared to ICT. ICT does not just stop at what the teacher is talking about or what they are required to write. ICT is endless in the learning, it is continual.
So what does this mean for ICT and Pedagogy?
I believe that this just means that it is important to incorporate the two together. That children have access to learning through both ICT and through teachers, books, pens pencils and also physical activity. Its about finding the balance that best suits the overall development of all our children. And that as teachers that is now our job. To find the balance for our students and for our pedagogy.