The aim of the Information and Communications Technology curriculum is to help students develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge needed to live, learn, and work effectively in an information-rich technological society. Students should be exposed to experiences that encourage them to enjoy and value information and communications technology, develop positive habits of mind, and understand and appreciate the role of ICT in human affairs. This curriculum involves the development of:
• information literacy
• positive attitudes toward technology
• problem-solving and critical-thinking skills related to the use of technology
• information technology literacy
• lifelong learning patterns and skills
• knowledge relevant to careers in ICT
The study of information and communications technology (ICT) is increasingly important. Technological skills are becoming mandatory in the workplace and are a prerequisite for employment. Students today require the ability to reason and communicate, to solve problems, and to understand and use ICT for a variety of purposes. Students also need opportunities to develop the skills required for e-learning so they are better prepared to pursue future learning opportunities.
Literacy in the area of information and communications technology can be defined as the ability to obtain and share knowledge through investigation, study, instruction, and transmission of information by means of digital media technology. Since technology is undergoing constant and rapid change, the ICT-literate person will possess the skills and abilities to learn and operate current technology, and adapt to new technologies developed to electronically gather, process, evaluate, synthesize, and share data with others.