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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: ICT
  • Word count: 6528

AO4 ICT c/wk 2008-9

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AO4- Introduction. The following definition is taken from the guidance in the QCA Schemes of Work for ICT: "Information and communications technologies (ICT) are the computing and communications facilities and features that variously support teaching, learning and a range of activities in education". ICT provides us with an insight into the world of bounties we have today. Without it, we could not possibly understand the many difficulties that we endure in day-to-day life, without realising, we spend more on maintaining our technological gadgets, than we do ourselves. We waste money by indulging ourselves in the latest must-haves, draining more and more funds as time goes by, until a time comes where our expenditure catches up with us. Technology is a saviour for many today; as it provides us with the essentials we need such as contacting people easily, check for live updates on topics which are easier said than done in normal circumstances and many, many more. A simple human brain cannot comprehend how much ICT has improved the future, if we sit, explore and evaluate these changes, as I am anticipating, we can only then understand how much we rely on such a simple, but simultaneously, complex thing. In the following unit I propose to examine the many facilities that technology has provided us with and look at the good and bad consequences that they have on today's society, by examining current behaviour and comparing it with behaviour of all age groups of the past as well. Hopefully I will create a strong connection for us to realise that all our lives today are filled with technology, and to make a change would definitely benefit all of us for the better. AO4-How does the Internet impact on society? The Internet is a communications device which connects millions of people around the world through its many methods, whether it is by E-mail, Video Conferencing or even Telephones. ...read more.


Telephone Having a telephone is an exceedingly useful piece of apparatus to have. With its many useful outcomes, it helps to connect people all over the world 24/7 365 days a year. Although this is an extremely useful piece of machinery, it has its downsides too which I will explore, along with the positives, in the next two sections. Positives * An immediate feedback means that communicating with loved ones, friends or even business associates has never been easier, with new technical developments, a connection can be made in as less as 2-3 minutes helping people exchange information quicker than ever. * The conversation between the two-or more components is relatively private , meaning that the components can discuss confidential information, without the added risk of the information being tracked. * Today's telephone companies ensure that no one-as long as they can afford it-is left phoneless, promotions, offers and others as such are constantly out on the market helping the less fortunate to budge and buy a phone, helping them to also connect with others. * Another positive of a telephone, is that most probably, an answer machine is available meaning that you can leave a message if the recipient is not there to pick the phone up. This means that the caller will not have to keep trying until the line is free, as long as the messages are checked, the call receiving person will get the message which was trying to be communicated to them. Negatives * Although, in most cases, the phone is picked up, sometimes the line may be busy at the time of making an important phone call. You are then required to wait until the line is free. This, if it is a long-distance call, could be an extensive call. The passing of important information can be delayed in these cases. * In terms of financial fees required to make a phone call, these can add up to be pricey as calls to mobiles and international destinations cost more than a regular landline phone call. ...read more.


They don't realize that the adults are actually aware of the tricks going on behind closed doors; the adults do realize that the Internet is not a good influence on their family and they realize that what it is offering is not good in terms of the behavior of their offspring; and they don't plan on letting it go very easily, this causes parents to not invest in computers, for their worried nature does not allow them to. However, the deprivation of a computer harms schoolwork of the child as homework will then have to be handwritten, and it goes without saying that a computer is much, much faster. Overall, the effects of the Internet, as explored above, are vast, and these are them which some feel that they have a positive effect on the youth, and some which others think have an unfortunate negative effect on them, creating a huge perplexity within the community, as no one knows what to believe, and whether what they do believe is true or not. This is the drift which we experience in a turn of very unfortunate events in today's society. ICT builds bridges for others to cross, this 'bridge' is aimed at the youth most of the time and the adults can't see it in the positive view that the youngsters most definitely do. Youngsters, while trying to prove their point are just simply annoying the adults even more. The Internet is the door to many things, and adults realize that it harms sometimes the customs and traditions that the family believes in. While we consider all this, we can see if we balance it out that the internet, much to the annoyance of adults, is actually a good thing if used in a correct manner. Parents do not want to believe this statement, however they are forced to as it does have a good effect on their children in terms of getting schoolwork done quicker, with the presentation up to scratch; reducing the amount of complaints from teachers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sadiya Adam ICT-AO4 Miss Seema 9M1 ...read more.

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