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What is ICT?

ICT comprise many technologies for capturing,

We first began speaking of the use of computers in education back in the 1970’s, when the level of technology made it possible to consider such ideas. By the late 70’s, the size and price reductions of computer technologies made it feasible to begin bring them into schools. Over the next decade or so, computers were followed by printers, floppy disk drives, scanners and the first digital cameras. That was the first time we began to use the term IT, or Information Technology, to describe computers and the various peripheral devices they used.

By the late 1980’s, computer networks were also being installed in schools. This paved the way for the internet and the World Wide Web to make their way into educational environments. As the popularity of websites, web-based search engines, and email rose, a new term was coined: ICT. ICT, or Information and Communication Technology, refers to the many forms of technology which makes it possible for people to send and receive information with others all over the world. You can see some of these in the picture above.

Today, the air around us is literally full of thousands of pieces of data. ICT is the means by which we can transmit, detect, access and reply to this information. It includes such technologies as radio, television, video, DVD, telephone (both fixed line and mobile phones), satellite systems, computer and network hardware and software; as well as the equipment and services associated with these technologies, such as videoconferencing, e-mail and blogs.