Since then, the subject has been known as Computer Science, Computer Studies, IT and ICT. And now we are back to Computing again. And since I am no longer teaching, I'm out of touch with what the content of this "new" subject is to be. I'm not completely in the dark. I'm grateful to a number of teachers whose Tweets I follow for giving me a good deal of information. But it's not a subject I've taught for a long time, and the science has moved on a great deal since then.
So I need to be clear what it is that I am blogging about. I need a name for it. And I think the name is still ICT. I'm grateful to Peter Twining for an article he posted recently which defines very clearly the meaning of "ICT" as it now stands.
ICT: the cross curricular use of digital technologies, which can be subdivided intoYes, this is ICT as I know it, and it is ICT as defined above about which Grumpy Old Teacher writes. I hope you find this ICT blog a useful resource.
Embedded Technology (ET): the use of digital technology where it has changed the nature of a subject (other than Computing) and is thus now an integral part of that subject. For example, in PE where it allows you to analyse performance, or history where it allows you to analyse vast data sets (and in so doing extends the sorts of questions you can ask), or in the natural sciences where it allows you to measure and record much more accurately (again changing the sorts of questions you can ask and answer).
TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning): the use of digital technology to extend (and enhance) our repertoire of teaching strategies/methods (i.e. Pedagogy)
Digital technology: the equipment (hardware and software) and infrastructure that is needed in order to engage with Computing and ICT.