Media Education in the Information and Communication Technology Curriculum, Grades 1-12
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum provides a broad perspective on the nature of technology, how to use and apply a variety of technologies, and the impact of ICT on self and society. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 will be encouraged to grapple with the complexities, as well as the advantages and disadvantages, of technologies in our lives and workplaces. The ICT curriculum is not intended to stand alone, but rather to be infused within core courses and programs.
Since technology has an increasingly significant impact, and such broad implications for everyone – individuals, groups and entire nations – students must be prepared to understand, use and apply ICT in effective, efficient and ethical ways.
The ICT curriculum presents concepts within three interrelated categories:
- communicating, inquiring, decision making and problem solving
- foundational operations, knowledge and concepts
- processes for productivity
The first two concepts relate to media literacy. Communicating, inquiring, decision making and problem solving are about the ability to use a variety of processes to critically assess information, manage inquiry, solve problems, do research and communicate with a variety of audiences. Foundational operation, knowledge and concepts is about understanding the nature and affect of technology, the moral and ethical use of technology, mass media in a digitized context, ergonomic and safety issues, and basic computer, telecommunication and multimedia technology operations.
Information and Communication Technology (K-12)
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On the left menu you will find outcome charts containing media-related learning outcomes from the Information and Communication Technology curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site. As many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.