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Ultimately ICT is critical for a number of reasons.
1) The world in 20 years time is going to demand that everyone has a working knowledge of how technology can be used for work, rest and play....the Mars phenomena!
2) Some children will need a grounding in ICT as the basis for a career in ICT and will have the basis for further career development and exploration.
3) Blackpool as a town needs a foothold in the white collar world of ICT and as yet doesn't have this sector in the town. To help the town emerge from the deprivation it now experiences it needs a silicon revolution and to create jobs, skills and technology which will enable it to escape from deprivation.
Therefore schools need to be driving this understanding and the acquisition of these skills. For some children they will need to acquire these skills for the first time, for the overwhelming majority who seem to have incrementally enhanced ICT skills on entry to school, it will be about how ICT can generate new ideas, thoughts, solutions and strategies. Therefore not ICT for the sake of it but the the development of the concept. The sort of exploration and enquiry that says "what will happen if...."
This journey into the "what if..." with technology is what all innovation is all about.
When I left college I had a list of college friends email addresses and phone numbers. I would have loved to have had something to help us all to keep in touch.
Mark Zuckerberg came out of college with all of that motivation, but also an understanding of technology which allowed him to say "what if..." but then follow it through with technology providing the answer.
I guess it's the Zuckerberg approach to life. Without technology Facebook would still be just a vague idea.
Who knows what our kids inspiration will lead them to if we provide them with an understanding of what technology can do!!