No Bits - No Nothing

Louise Davies, Jenny Jupe, David Perry
2000, Vol. 5, No. 1,


This article is extracted from a longer piece of work commissioned by QCA during the National Curriculum Review to consider the place of ICT in design and technology 2000.Children growing up in a society which is comprehensively dependent on technology and technologically developed products, will be profoundly adrift and alienated from the nature of that society unless they have some insights into where products, on which their life depend, come from, why and how they come into being.

This short article considers the influence of information and communication technology on three aspects of design and technology - modelling, manufacture and control and communications and provides a rationale for the inclusion of ICT (information and communication technology) in the design and technology curriculum.

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