Outline

  1. Significance and benefits of technology in my life

  2. My use of technology

  1. At School

  2. At Home

  1. Pros and cons of technology

  2. Some of the advantages I have over friends

  3. Learning about technology

  4. Helping friends understand technology

TechnologyLiteracies

Technologyhas helped me improve my life. A better part of the human populationargues that Technology promotes ignorance. However, I would say thathow a person uses it is what matters. Personally, technology helps meto engage with other people. In addition, it gives me currentinformation that helps me understand current affairs and education.For instance, when I am at home, blog posts and Twitter feeds alwayskeeps me informed on what is happening around the world.

WheneverI do not like travelling to meet with friends, I use Skype. This formof communication breaks the distance barrier and saves my time at thesame instance. The ease of online communication technology makes iteasier for me to avoid face-to-face interaction (Braun 72). My desireto accomplish more in a limited period helps me to multitask onlinewith the capability of forwarding an email to multiple recipients.This helps me to accomplish a huge task easily. Additionally, I canuse bulletin board, and social networking accounts like Tweeter andGoogle hangout opened simultaneously to reach a wide audience (Biksonet al. 132).

Moreover,computer technology has provided an unspeakable wealth of informationknowledge and resources for me as a student. Since when I got accessto the internet, I was capable of accessing information on whateverarea of discussion that I was interested. Additionally, the internetdid not limit my access like the school’s library which had openingand closing hours. Resources that really help me on the internetinclude e-books, articles, journals, examinations and practice tests,research findings and model answers. Practically, I am moreproductive and time conservative when I am using a computer. Mypersonal computer facilitates me to do more study from a variety ofdisciplines easily (Chandler &amp Stephen 67).

Theuse of projectors by my lectures has played a significant role inimproving my understanding. My school has internet-connectedcomputers with projectors in most classes. With this type oftechnology, teachers work is simplified since it offers a platformwhere the teacher can demonstrate complicated illustrations.Additionally, I find it interesting when teachers give out softcopiesbecause they understand that copying schoolwork can consume a lot oftime that could be used in giving lectures. (Monteith 278).

Myutilization of technology when I am at school is different from whenI am at home. In the school, I use internet to research on topics andunits that I find challenging for a better understanding. Inaddition, most of my phone calls and chats are always themed onconfirming classes (Braun 290). However, when I am at home, I usetechnology in a different way. Most of the time spent on the internetgoes to social networking. Moreover, I always visit YouTube to watchvideos, in particular, tutorials on how to perfect my talent inmusic. This can be entertaining, but I often feel like I am wastingtime watching entertainment videos or playing music through iPod(Chandler, &amp Stephen 34).

Nevertheless,technology has pros and cons. The advantage is when I use it toadvance my knowledge. The bad part is when I allow it to make mw alazy person. Accordingly, people have allowed their lazy habits tocreep into their language of communication through constant chats andtext messaging (Bikson et al. 181). People no longer see theimportance of writing skills or proper grammar since they can delivera message in shorthand code. This creates a habit in which thewritten word is no longer prized, and contributes to the decline ofreading books and newspapers, as well as a lack of comprehension offormal writing (Lankshear 29).

Iam lucky to have some advantages over my friends when it comes totechnology. Foremost, I have a super fast laptop computer connectedto unlimited internet. Most of my friends have personal computers attheir homes, but cannot move around with them due to their largesize. The portable computer technology has enabled systems ofobtaining and recording information much more efficient and effective(Selfe &amp Susan 329).

Moreover,computer records are much harder to misplace than realms of paperrecords. Additional changes such as submission of work via email andresponding to enquiries online save time and energy (Warschauer 189).Friends who do not own a computer struggle more with their paperwork.I also participate in class forums on our school website. My friendswho do not have full access of a computer and internet miss a lot ofinformation, lesson changes and update that occur on this school’swebsite forums (Braun 73).

Lastly,when an instructor has given lectures, I can request for some softcopies that were used to conduct the lecture. This gives me a boostand advantage over the rest of the class as I have the opportunity togo through the teachers work again at my own time for a betterunderstanding (Lankshear 301). Friends who do not own a portablecomputer have to copy the teachers work manually or start the processof requesting the teacher to email them the copies, and this can betedious and time consuming (Bikson et al. 34).

Inconclusion, my friends know me for my advanced skills in technology.I usually assist and teach them on basic computer repair andmaintenance skills. I learned from my parents and through onlinetutorials on how to work smart on the internet and how I can earnmoney online, and I have taught some of my friends who becameinterested in how to earn money online. Some of my friends too offertheir knowledge in return and through mutual help, we have increasedour knowledge in technology.

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