We see a number of key changes in ICT, the opportunities and demands from education to make the most from its investment - and the struggle to adapt in order to attain the promised outcomes:
What is it that Good ICT can bring to the Learning Opportunity?
Here is our “i” list. “i” as in “I believe this is possible; I’ve seen it in action; I’ve experienced this myself….
(sometimes incorrectly assumed to be knowledge or even to prove intelligence) - ICT can bring access to Information almost anywhere and anytime it is required. “At the point of Discovery”
(knowing how to get to information that is relevant and of value in any given situation) - ICT almost offers up too many answers. How do students negotiate the maze of pathwayys and, frequently, dead ends?
(being able to understand and test the value of information) - ICT can certainly help, but this is a personal skill based on experience and an understanding of differentiation and analysis.
( being able to seek new answers or to apply information in different scenarios) ICT can uncover ideas and information that may sometimes offer a context different to its origin.
(the process of thinking) ICT can offer one solution for bringing elements and ideas together to explore possibilities.
(creating, resulting from exploratory study and ideas) ICT can offer ways to organise thought and ideas in such a way that a student can develop new ideas.
( Using the mind to model ideas and variations) Here ICT can offer tools and environments where parts, or the whole of ideas can be imaged or modelled.
Inflection, Reflection and Communication
(Looking at the way we interact with other in various forms of communication and Team working) ICT offers more and more powerful means to discuss, debate, rationalise and share ideas.
(Having the skills and power to inform, enlighten, illuminate an idea or ideas for others to understand) Sometimes overused, but perfectly suited to ICT, from images and diagrams to animations and simulations.
(That sudden feeling of enthusiasm and motivation that makes an individual see something new - an idea, a concept, a meaning) The fact that ICT can help draw together information, it naturally lends itself to aspirational thinking.
(The act of making something happen by practical means) ICT can, in some situations actually enable physical implementation, but it follows thatICT can offer the tools to realise ideas.
Many of the concepts and skills built up thrpough the use of skills with or without support from ICT are key to a good grounding in true design skill based educational principles.
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