Literacy in Information and Communication Technology: Standards and Practices of Secondary Schools

By Ray Amtmann and Sandra Poindexter.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) literacy extends the previous measure of computing literacy from its focus on technology skills, to the use of technical skills to locate, collect, analyze, use, and communicate information in a relevant manner. Educational organizations such as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), along with national and regional governments have created standards that call for redesign of secondary education curricula. The common goal in these standards is to prepare students for a world changed by the Internet, digital communication, and a need to filter masses of information. Since these standards do not dictate implementation practices at the school level, questions arise. How are students being prepared for effective use of technology? Are students exiting secondary school as ICT literates? Is there still a need for a college-level computer ICT literacy course? What do secondary schools report they are teaching students? What pedagogies are employed in the learning environment? Do schools take an integrative or separate course approach? Are there differences based upon student population? What percent have a computer literacy graduation requirement? This paper explores the situation in a Midwestern U.S. state over a three-year study (2005-2007) in light of a state mandate and broader national and international initiatives and studies.

Keywords: ICT Literacy, Academic Literacies, Assessing Literacies, Secondary Education Technology Standards, Secondary Education Technology Practices

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp.281-290. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 689.490KB).

Ray Amtmann

Instructor, College of Business, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, USA

Ray Amtmann is an Instructor of Business and Information Systems at Northern Michigan University. His areas of specialty are the application of information systems into business, and entrepreneurship with 11 years private business experience and over 20 years government management experience. He has extensive knowledge of global awareness and over 10 years of international experience in project management for the U.S. government. Recently recognized at the university level for innovated use of technology in education, Ray has participated in virtual exchanges.

Prof. Sandra Poindexter

Professor, College of Business, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, USA

Sandra Poindexter is a Professor of Information Systems at Northern Michigan University where she teaches courses in web-based applications and web design and serves on campus-wide task forces for educational innovation, pedagogy, and the civic engagement of students Her research interests involve technology adoption in education, particularly the Internet and its value to education and academic internationalization. She has worked towards global awareness at the student, discipline, university, and consulting levels and participated in several study abroad opportunities.

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