Communicating with ICT

This element involves students in using ICT to communicate and share ideas and information to collaboratively construct knowledge and digital solutions. Students develop an understanding of the context when communicating using ICT, including a sense of the audience, the form of communication, the techniques used and the characteristics of the users and the technologies. In developing and acting with information and communication technology capability, students:

  • collaborate, share and exchange
  • understand computer mediated communications.

[From The Australian Curriculum]

Effective Communication

Being digitally literate means communicating effectively in a world in which much communication is mediated by digital technology.

A digitally literate person is a critical and discerning user of digital communication tools with the knowledge, skills and understanding that enables them to choose the most appropriate communication tool for the task in hand and how to use it effectively.

Hague and Payton (2010) Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum, Future Lab, p.33]


Learning involves dialogue, discussion and building on each other’s ideas to create shared understandings. Digital literacy is also a social process of meaning-making that takes place with and in relation to others.

Digital technologies provide multiple opportunities for team work and there are many web-based tools that have been developed specifically to support collaboration.

Hague and Payton (2010) Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum, Future Lab, p.30]