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UNESCO World Communication and Information Report 1999-2000 - New Directions in Education
by Craig Blurton

Digital ICTs are quickly becoming more accessible, but it is important to note that earlier technologies continue to play a critical role in education worldwide. Access to films, videotapes, telephones, television or radio is still far more commonplace than access to a computer or to the Internet and the World Wide Web. For example, the Telesecundaria Project in Mexico, which began in 1965 as a closed-circuit television pilot project, today delivers classes designed for lower secondary school level to over 12,000 rural communities, enrolling more than 800,000students. In this chapter, the focus is on the "śnewer' digital ICTs with special emphasis on educational uses of the Internet and the World Wide Web. The new digital ICTs are not single technologies, but combinations of hardware, software, media, and delivery systems. As will be seen, ICTs in education today encompass a wide range of rapidly evolving technologies, including hardware, software and applications.

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Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 14 pages
Publisher: UNESCO (1999)
Location: Paris, France
Language: English
ISBN: 92-3-103611-4

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