Information Technology in Education:
The Need, Importance and Significance
IT refers to the use of computers and telecommunication devices to store, retrieve and send information. Information technology has revolutionised the way people learn – across age groups and curricula. As long as the infrastructural technology is reliably available, it provides more scope than any other tool for learners to research and share ideas, and in a flexible way that most suits their particular learning style and schedule. Learners have never before had similar access to a combination of written, pictorial and spoken descriptions of information, which is now immediately available through information technology platforms.
Ideas are being produced and exchanged more quickly in the global environment than in living history. This so-called “information explosion” drastically influences the way people exist socially and economically. Learners should continuously engage with the tools available to them to develop a place for themselves in this global economy. This requires both an understanding of how information technology works (technological literacy), and application of information technology in each field of learning.