The foundation of ICT essentially means ‘Information Communication Technologies’, or more commonly known as digital technologies. The proteus nature of digital technologies allows for a ever changing universal tool that we utilise everyday to make tasks more simple or effective.
In order for ‘something’ to be defined as an ICT it must have digital technology embedded within it. These technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store and process data. An example would be a smart television as it embeds numerous new digital technologies which internally converts information into binary digits (0 and 1) to display information on the screen.
For digital technologies to work proficiently there are three key high level operations that must be established:
- Input: Converts some ‘thing’ into digital format
- Process: The ability to manipulate binary information, inclusive if the process of photo recognition and Photoshop elements
- Output: Through actions such as touch, view or listen digital information is manipulated into another form of digital technology.
The interactions we all have with ICT on a daily basis allows us to make positive interactions with each other enhancing our learning. Therefore our understanding of digital technology must be fluid, the incorporation of it must be embedded into our lesson planning so we enrich the learning and understanding of our students and we create engaging learning experiences for them. The future is digital and we must employ our best efforts as future educators to use ICTs effectively to enhance accessibility, make learning interactive, track students’ achievements and allow for the manipulation of information, all while creating a new learning environment. Im a hands on learner and with the very active subject area I teach (HPE), I hope to be able to use digital technologies in more lessons to effectively communicate specific aspects of the key learnings of Health in particular. I have had some previous engagements with technologies in this area but would love to hear of more learning tools!?