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THE ROLE OF ICT IN SCHOOLS Marshal McLuhan who created several strong images like “The media is the message”, “The discarnate man”, “The global village”, etc. all relevant in this study, also claimed that understanding of society includes looking in “a rearview mirror” (Levinson, 1999). By this he meant that we move into the future with our sight on the past, introducing the telephone as the talking telegraph, the automobile the horseless carriage and the radio the wireless (ibid. 15). At the initial steps of development of new devices the widening consequences are not understood. The understanding of the school of tomorrow is based on the school yesterday. If the media are the message, we should ask what this means to our understanding of the traditional school, and what it will mean when introducing digital media like Internet. What consequences or impact do these media have on school? Or to ask using McLuhan’s “tetrad”, four laws of media: What does the medium enhance or amplify in the culture? What does it obsolesce or push out of prominence? What does it retrieve from the past, from the realm of the previously obsolesced? And finally, what does the medium reverse or flip into when it reaches the limits of its potential? We will now present the traditional school imaged as the machine or industrial metaphor. The dominating media in this school is probably the book, and the teacher.

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