What are ICTs?

While reading JODIELW’s blog today it got me thinking about what are ICTs?  This is a question that I’ve been pondering on all week since starting EDC3100.  I guess I’ll start with my prior knowledge of ICTs.  I already know that ICTs stands for Information Communication and Technologies.  I can also list various types of ICTs such as digital televisions, digital cameras, smartphones, beebots, interactive whiteboards, laptops, PowerPoints, E-books, MP3 players, iPods, iPads, notebooks and interactive online games.  ICTs also include websites such as WebQuest, Facebook and Twitter.   After working through the moodle books, completing the StudyDesk activities and doing further research online I have learnt that digital technologies are types of ICTs and are any device that can generate, record, process, receive, transmit and display information that is displayed in numerical form.  I guess I will be able to answer this question in more detail as I work through the EDC3100 course.

How Can New ICTs Be Learnt?

This question also led to me thinking about how new ICTs can be learnt and my answer to this question is that ICTs can be self-taught. With the use of google search and YouTube; teachers can learn to use ICTs themselves for the benefit of their students as well as their own continuous professional development.  The fantastic thing about google search and YouTube is that they are ICTs themselves and therefore this just demonstrates the usefulness of ICTs and shows that you can learn how to use ICTs from using other ICT tools.  ICTs can also be learnt through the help of other people that may be more knowledgeable in how to use various ICTs then yourself.  So whenever your having difficulties using ICTs you can be reassured that there is always a way to learn how to use it.  I believe that it is important for teachers to utilize ICTs such as Diigo, Feebly, Twitter and Blogs, so that they can collaborate with other teachers around the world in order to further their learning and receive new ideas and resources for engaging their students in stimulating lessons that capture the students interest and enthusiasm in learning and developing.  This way teachers can be reassured that their lessons using ICT will never be boring.



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