Information Communication technologies, including social networking and games, provide new opportunities for education, according to this review of research. But the 'off the shelf' mentality which currently underpins the provision of computers in Australian schools may be stifling rather than enhancing innovation.
The review explores national and international policy priorities for building students’ innovation capabilities through information and communication technologies. When used well technologies such as Web 2.0 social networking sites can help to develop literacy skills, critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
The review argues that ICT must be used in learning environments in which students can take risks and experiment. It is critical of the largely unquestioned use of proprietary and off-the-shelf software packages.