What is ICT?

I have already posted about being told I would be ICT co-ordinator next year and creating a children’s questionnaire, see the post here: Becoming and ICT Coordinator – where to begin? . Well from there I began thinking about the responses and one question specifically stuck with me ‘What is ICT?’ as I reported in the last blogpost that in the responses from my children there was only one child who spoke about anything other than ICT being learning about ‘computers’ and he mentioned ‘technology’. Here are some more of the quotes I received:

  • ICT is where you learn things on computers. – year 4 girl
  • ICT is a lesson and it teaches us about computers and how to use them. – year 6 girl
  • ict is where you have questions and you awnswer them using a computer/laptop. – year 5 boy
  • ICT is when you can playgames and other stuff. – year 3 boy

This led me to wondering what teachers would describe ICT as? I asked some of my fellow tweeting teachers and here is what they came up with:

  • The ability to gather information with technology then communicate said knowledge to others via some more technology/verbally! – rebecca england (@beckie_england)
  • the most rapidly advancing subject in the curriculum.Subject to budget! – Iian Conley (@iianconley)
  • Using technology to communicate information or solve a problem. – Stephen Lockyer (@mrlockyer)
  • using technology and software to create and develop solutions. – Dan Aldred (@Dan_Aldred)
  • using ICT to promote learning in all subjects – technologytoteach (@technologytotea)


It surprised me how different these explanations were, they do grasp what my children did not, that the subject is not limited to computers, however, what about communication? Dan Aldred (@Dan_Aldred) suggested that perhaps the ‘communication’ section in the title had since became redundant and maybe it was time for a new acronym. This is something that I had not considered before but I think it’s an interesting consideration. ICT is definitely more than communication as both Dan and Stephen suggest with ‘developing solutions’ and ‘[to] solve problems’ respectively.

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