The sixth "C" in 21st Century Learning

Literacy with Information and Communication Technology means thinking critically and creatively, about information and about communication, as citizens of the global community, while using ICT responsibly and ethically. ICT matters to early childhood due to its effect on people and environment that surrounds the child’s learning. In addition, technologies offer new opportunities to strengthen many aspects of early childhood education. There is support across the whole education sector for the development and integration of ICT into education.

In a classroom setting, literacy in ICT can be very beneficial to a child. It provides a variety of ways for the child to weave together words, photos and sounds, thereby providing a range of ways for children to communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings. A good application or software can enable a child to engage in self-directed exploration, which can fit the child’s individual needs.