ICT has a huge range of functions in education such as; communication, learning tools, administration, information sources and distance learning. ICT has therefore had quite an impact on education; for instance, the National Curriculum demands children be taught to use computers early on so as they progress into secondary, further and higher education, they are then adept in utilising applications software. Consequently, ICT is used in virtually all of the subjects that the students are taught, whether it be English, maths, modern foreign languages, etc.
ICT in the past
In the early 1980’s Britain introduced computers to schools. Due to inadequate investment by the government, every school was only provided with one computer. Many of the schools did not use the computers as the teachers were not trained properly and so could not deal with them. In addition there was not a simple upgrade policy and so complete purchasing has frequently meant that before long schools have outdated hardware. Moreover, information communications technology of any sort was only utilised by fascinated teachers, however it was not taught as a separate subject.
Benefits of ICT today
• Exciting interactive teaching packages are widely available on multimedia such as CD and DVD ROM’s which provide information in innovative and attractive ways.
• Offers access to information which was not available beforehand.
• Possible to link schools internationally
Beneficial ICT Services
• Internet Service and its materials
• Presentation Software
• Distance Learning
• Learning Tools
Advantages and disadvantages of the internet and its materials
The internet is a vast worldwide system of interconnected networks serving billions of people internationally. As a result it has become a huge part of today’s Information Communication Technology and is the main supply of information for both pupils and teachers. As well as possessing a huge amount of information and limitless sources and materials, it is also quite fast, easily accessible and perfectly suitable for both students and employees. Numerous websites have been created and are available on the internet offering heaps of information for individuals to explore. People can also collect and share information with other people around the world using the internet. Typically the information in the internet is free and available 24 hours a day. An additional advantage of having loads of information on the internet is that it is cheaper than buying and replacing books outdated information books every year. Another advantage of the internet is the communication. People are able to communicate immediately with other people thousands of miles away. Today the range of communication services provided by the internet include; e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, newsgroups and online conferencing. These types of communication can enable friends to chat and employers to converse with employees from long distances....