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Information and Communication Technologies in Developed Countries

Information and communication technologies (ICT) can be defined as technologies that support exchanging, creating, disseminating, and managing information. The heaviest uses of ICT can be seen in developed countries (i.e., those with strong economic and quality-of-life indicators in areas such as longevity, education, and income), including the United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and countries in Western Europe. This entry discusses the historical context of ICT use, the degree to which ICT is used in education, and national policy toward ICT use in education in developed countries.

Historical Context

The current state of ICT use builds on years of investment and policy decisions. The United Kingdom (UK) has invested heavily in ICT use in education since the early 1980s. School districts in the United States commonly used ...

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