What are the affordances of information and communication technologies?
The paper examines the notion that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have affordances that epitomize the features of our late modern age (Giddens, 1991 GiddensA (1991) Modernity and self identity(Cambridge, Polity Press) [Google Scholar] and explores whether these affordances (Salomon, 1993 Salomon, G. (Ed.) (1993) Distributed cognitions—psychological and educational considerations(Cambridge, Cambridge University Press) [Google Scholar]
, p. 51) can be used to facilitate particular approaches to educational practice. It argues that a clear articulation of these affordances would enable us to understand how these technologies can be most effectively used to support learning and teaching. We believe that any one affordance can be considered to have both positive and negative connotations and the paper draws on social and educational theory to provide an initial taxonomy of these affordances.