Why is ICT Different?
Firstly what is ICT?
Definition – What does Information and Communications Technology (ICT) mean?
“Information and communications technology (ICT) refers to all the technology used to handle telecommunications, broadcast media, intelligent building management systems, audiovisual processing and transmission systems, and network-based control and monitoring functions. although ICT if often considered an extended synonym of r information technology (IT), its scope is more board. ICT has more recently been used to describe the convergence of several technologies and the use of common transmission lines carrying very diverse data and communication types and formats (Techtopia, 2016)”
Another definition by Techtopia, “Converging technologies that exemplify ICT include the merging of audiovisual, telephone and computer networks through a common cabling system. Internet service providers commonly provide internet, phone and television services to homes and business through a single optic cable. The elimination of the telephone network has provided hugh economic incentives to implement this convergence, which eliminates many of the costs associated with cabling, signal distribution, user installation, servicing and maintenance cost” (Techtopia, 2016).
Having got my head around the definition, I can now answer why ICT is different to book, pencil, paper and other technologies.
Firstly books, pen and paper is a one person action. Pen and paper is slow and relies heavily on delivery from one person to another. Books also are slow in production and by the time they hit the publisher some information may be outdated. Whilst there are certainly times when pen and paper is the preferred method of communication one must remember the right tools for the job. Varying technologies now have digital components which allows for merging of several technologies, enabling the user to have instant access to anywhere in the world.
The importance of allowing students to experiment with a wide range of tools helps the students to understand and appreciate how all communication requires knowing your audience and how to communicate effectively.
Please click on the following link to read an amazing article by Dr Edwin Creely, Faculty of Education Monash University.
Creely, E. (2015). The pen is dead? Long live the digital. Retrieved March 9, 2016 from http://newmediaresearch.educ.monash.edu.au/lnm/the-pen-is-dead-long-live- the-digital/
Techtopia. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.techopedia.com/definition/24152/information-and-communications- technology-ict