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How is ICT used in schools and what are the effects?

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Unit 12 Helen Williams 11Y Centre 20017 Candidate 9343 11 IT 6 Contents How is ICT used in schools and what are the effects? 3 Introduction 3 How has ICT changed over the last 30 years? 3 How has ICT changed in schools? 3 What are the historical aspects of the changes in ICT in schools? 4 What are the technological breakthroughs, which have helped in schools? 4 What technology is used and what is available for use? 4 What effect has ICT had in schools, and how would this be done without the use of ICT? 5 How has ICT improved facilities in the area? 6 How has ICT affected the way people work? 6 What rules and regulations need to be put into place to use ICT? 6 What are the legal issues surrounding use of the Internet and computers in schools and colleges? 7 Summary 9 References 9 Evaluation 10 How is ICT used in schools and what are the effects? Introduction I have chosen to do a report on the effect on schools and colleges. I chose this topic because I attend school every day and I can find out a lot about schools. I can also find out about the use of ICT in colleges because my mother works at a college. I will be able to find out information to include from many sources. I think finding out about the development of ICT is very interesting and I can compare the ICT facilities. I will also be able to find out information about how ICT is used in schools. To do this I am going to use a range of sources, for example, books, the Internet and people. How has ICT changed over the last 30 years? Computers can be changed for interactive learning, unlike 30 years ago. The only disadvantage to this is the pupils will not be as motivated as they would with a teacher. ...read more.


In universities, worksheets, course details/notices and other important notices are e-mailed to group e-mail addresses, for example, all first year business students or all of first year computing rather than addressing it to each individual student. Tutors set up group e-mail accounts. All university e-mail addresses can be forwarded to home e-mail accounts. If ICT were not available pupils would have to go into college to find the teachers when they could be using that time to study. They would have to keep checking noticeboards for important information. The Intranet is useful because anyone who has a username and password within the school or college can find announcements, messages and company documents. Most universities have a program called "Blackboard" where the students can find notes assignments, web page links, and past exam papers. They can also find information from off-campus. This is very important for 2nd and final year, and also placement year students. How has ICT improved facilities in the area? Interactive whiteboards enable teachers to demonstrate and not have their backs to pupils. Touch screens can be used in education centres, not necessarily just in schools. Tests should be completed on touch screen computers because they will also tell you how much time you have left and they allow you to change an answer as many times as you like. It will record the answers you give. They use these on driving theory tests. How has ICT affected the way people work? ICT can affect the place where you work because with e-mail and Intranets you can work from home. The pupils could use distance learning. This is also available for adults who enrol on Learn Direct courses. Also, working from home is convenient because you can change the hours you work, and where you work to what is more comfortable for you. This benefits you because your stress load will decrease because you can e-mail work to the person in charge. ...read more.


They can not copy software for pupils, or sell a copy of any software. The school can also be fined for using software without a license, e.g. if a school only has a licence to use a word processor on a stand alone computer, but it is installed on a network, the school will be fined. Downloading text or pictures from the Internet without receiving the owners' permission is also against the law. This is due to the copyright and patents act (1989). The computer misuse act was introduced in 1990. It made three things illegal: * Unauthorised access to your computer material (hacking). This means accessing anything on a network you do not have permission to see, or software piracy. * Getting unauthorised access to a computer to carry out crimes such as fraud. * Unauthorised changing of computer files, e.g. planting viruses onto systems or disks and deleting files. If anyone is found guilty of breaking this law, they will receive a five-year prison sentence. Summary Overall ICT is an efficient way of communicating and making education easier for everyone. It helps teachers because they can make worksheets and handouts for students and they can work on laptops, which means they could work at home. The use of interactive whiteboards mean they do not have to have their back to a class. It helps pupils because they can word process work for better presentation. They can use the Internet and other educational programs on computers, which will give them more resources. In the future there may be more distance learning packages being used, and a greater use of e-mail, to send and receive work, laptops for pupils who do not have access to a computer and there may not be video conferencing being used. This would mean that pupils do not have to come into school; they can be seen by their teachers on a computer. This could reduce software piracy. The licensing agreement is printed on the back of software packaging. The Federation Against Software Theft will prosecute anyone breaking copyright laws. ...read more.

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