Ict in Teaching

Applications of ICT in Teaching and Learning |
Homera Iqbal |
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The aim of this assignment is to explore the importance of the educational use of ICT within UK primary education. I will briefly look at two case study examples to illustrate this point as well as looking at advantages and disadvantages of ICT in schools. Additionally I will address the key findings of Shipton (2011) and Byron’s (2008) findings on E-Safety linking this to contemporary issues and will briefly discuss how this is incorporated into the new ICT curriculum for 2014.   Finally, I will explore two learning theories and how this affects teaching and learning in ICT.
Blurton (1999) describes ICT as Information and Communications Technologies that are essentially different sets of tools and resources used to communicate, create, manage and handle information. Whilst not exhaustive, these technologies include communication devices such as computers, radio, TV, digital cameras and mobile phones and hardware and infrastructure such as networks, printers, scanners, video, DVD players and satellite systems etc. Access to digital tools, applications, and networks continues to grow across the world with an increasing range of digital media applied to educational settings.  
ICT supporters’ claims many benefits of its use. Bosco, (1986), Fletcher, (1989), (1990), Stafford, (1990) describe educational ICT as a joint system between learner and the learning system. Elston (2007, p.72) says that ICT activities inspires teamwork, enabling pupils to work collaboratively which helps them to grow social and communication skills.  
This is exemplified in Allen et al (2007, p.172) description of a Year 4 class where a teacher uses digital cameras as an alternative to writing when constructing a class poem. As the unit was around performance poetry, capturing the children’s collaborative learning in digital video form (as opposed to a traditional written...