Mr Hanson's simple definition for ICT:
“Information & Communications Technology is using a computer to process data into information so that it is useful and can be shared.”
When you get this useful stuff out of a computer, you should be able to make decisions from it.
A computer will do exactly what you tell it. If you don’t use it properly, it will not work properly.
If Mr Hanson had a penny for each time he heard a naff student shout “Stupid computer!”, he would be a rich man and had retired years ago. It is not the computer's fault, it is the operator. Learn to use it properly, and it will be good to you. The rule is Garbage in = Garbage out. (Put rubbish into the computer and it will give you rubbish back and get confused!)
Computer technology is improving exponentially. Software programs are becoming more complicated and powerful. However, software designers are attempting to make them easier to use by making them highly pictorial in layout with lots of icons. Most software is laid out in the same way and after experimenting you can get the basic idea on how to use any program.
Input = ways of getting data into the computer
Processing = using application programs to transform the data into information
Output = ways of getting information out of the computer
Storage = keeping the data and information for future use