IT vs. ICT

These are essentially the same thing. The difference is that the term ICT is now the dominant term in education, but is rarely used outside schools, at least in the UK. Even in education, by the time you reach university level the term IT is much more widely used than ICT.

In the context of my work and this blog, ICT refers to the curriculum subject that is taught up until students leave school at 18. IT refers to the job I do and that is done in industry. I am an IT Network Manager. My teaching colleagues are ICT teachers. This is by no means a universal nomenclature, but it is the one I use.

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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

2 responses to “IT vs. ICT”

  1. Traps says :

    That’s pretty much how I see it. There’s some contention over whether my official job title is Senior IT or Senior ICT.

    I prefer IT, as ICT seems very mid-90s CDROMs and declining Acorn buzzwordy.

  2. Mark Berry says :

    We were always taught at Uni that communication falls under Information Technology as it is essentially sending 0s and 1s down a piece of wire or some piece of hardware. Therefor there is no ‘C’ in IT.

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