Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is changing the face of education. In this timely and accessible book, Chris Abbott examines the process by which ICT, and in particular its role in relation to literacy, has become central to national educational policies.
The author traces the history of computer use in schools and examines the concept of virtual learning communities using case studies involving learners, parents and educationalists. The role of the Internet is considered along with the differing national policies on its adoption and on developing online context. ICT: Changing Education reveals the development of open and flexible learning as the next stage of ICT's involvement with education.
'There is a real danger that we just plough ahead with ICT without thinking about why we are using it. Chris Abbott's book just might put a brake on that. It is a book for everyone. This is an important book. I cannot recommend it too highly. - Jack Kenny, Online, Times Educational Supplement
'The author succeeds in his aim "to select from the history of technology in education ... in order to uderstand the present" and provides a very readable account of the progress of IT in schools.'N - Diana Blease, British Journal of Educational Technology