This blog is supposed to be about ICTs and using them in an Education context but what are ICTs?
ICT stands for Information and Communications Technology which according to wikipedia (which could be classified as an ICT itself) is a more specific term that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals), computers as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.
Soooo basically my simplified definition would be that an ICT is any digital technology used for communication, information gathering, information sharing and information storage. Below I have come up with a word cloud created with Wordle (another ICT, which is great fun and kids love it) of some ICTs that I could think of at the time. I am 100% positive there are 100s or 1000s more that could be added. Feel free to comment with some you can think of.
Now I don’t think of myself as a technology junkie or really even someone who has all that much to do with ICTs but when I think harder, well I use them a lot. I may not have many devices to use but I do use a few different programs, sites and what not fairly often, some even with reliance. There are the ones like facebook and skype that I use to communicate and share, there is my other blog, I cannot get by without my camera, I regularly am looking up the local weather or BOM site especially now with cyclones brewing. I google things like there is no tomorrow and love finding things on pinterest with a wedding to plan and great education ideas to find as well. So without me going on and on you can get the gist that I use more than I thought. Below is an illustration that I found while googling ‘ICT’ that I think is a great visual of what ICTs are used for.
How do you use ICTs in your everyday life?
On a side note, who would have thought that ‘googling’ something or to ‘google it‘ would become an acceptable terms used daily.