About 20 years ago, I’d have said probably nothing. But as the years have gone by and technology has advanced, the role of ICT in education has become a major player in the delivery of teaching and learning and has transformed the education system as we once knew it.
Let’s rewind 20/25 years, back to when I was a little one at primary school (I’m seriously showing my age here!). The closest I came to any form of interaction with technology was the grey robot type things we had to program to make them move. Handwriting and sums were done in our school books, teachers wrote on actual whiteboards or blackboards with chalk, the register was taken on paper and handed in at reception and being allowed to write with a pen instead of a pencil was a real achievement! Technology was sparse.
Now, don’t get me wrong I’m not saying there wasn’t a single PC in that building, but the point I’m trying to make is back then, ICT wasn’t seen as anything but a rarity. Fast forward 20 years and the spectrum has totally changed.
In today’s educational landscape there’s an abundance of digital and networked technologies in place. From the widespread use of interactive whiteboards and virtual learning environments, to educational computer games and an increasing reliance on the use of cloud based technologies such as the internet, email and e-learning platforms. ICT and computing today is huge, so much so that it’s even become part of the curriculum!
Fundamentally, it’s a central tool that supports teaching and learning at all stages of education and across all areas of the curriculum. We live in a world consumed by technology: a world that provides incredible opportunities for young students who are just setting out on their educational journey. And as such ICT isn’t just an essential component to the overall operation of the school, it can also help to improve achievement levels, inspire creative thinking and encourage the development of skills that will prove invaluable in the real world.
Be it independently or as part of a group, ICT allows your students to explore, observe, engage, solve problems and make exciting discoveries for themselves. It stimulates collaboration and interaction amongst peers and also between students and teachers.