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ICT Report 3A

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Report 3(a) Impact of ICT on the way Students do things at home and at college/school. Introduction The role of Information Communication Technology in our world today has vastly increased to that of a merely decade ago. ICT has greatly impacted the way we do things at home and at school. We now constantly rely on ICT to find solutions in meeting our needs through the simplest and most versatile methods developed. Each technology has both its weaknesses and its strengths and so the more strengths and/or the less weaknesses a certain technology has, the more appealing it would be to the consumer. Such technologies which I use on a daily basis include: the internet, entertainment, mobile and communication technologies. Entertainment Technologies Digital Television Digital television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving video by means of digital signals. It uses digital modulation data, which is digitally compressed and requires decoding by a specially designed television set or a standard receiver with a set-top box; without these, the video would not be possible to be viewed. Games Console One of the most powerful games console today is the Xbox 360. It consists of a central processing unit, a graphics processing unit, random access memory, data storage facilities, components and accessories. Each element of the console cleverly collaborates to provide excellent entertainment. Advantages > Smaller channel bandwidth than analogue. > Multicasting - more than one programme can be broadcasted on one channel at the simultaneously. ...read more.


Phoning them when they are unavailable would not be practical. Also if I am abroad or I want to talk to family who are abroad I can do so with email or instant messaging which is a lot cheaper than phoning. The internet also provides a form of entertainment as I can download a range of multimedia which I can also access portably on my Ipod. This is very useful when I am not near a computer. I can also shop online which I find to be a lot cheaper than stores and also there is a huge selection. Personally, the internet is good because I have ready access to information and I can shop. Social: The internet allows me to inexpensively chat to friends keeping the phone line free so my family can use the phone, due to the lack of cost I can communicate with my friends, for as long as I desire, I find this very resourceful. Before I go on an excursion I can view the area's website in order to find the location and fees of the certain excursion, this is very easy and I can search around to find the best place to go. This is a lot quicker than using the Yellow Pages to search for places of amusement and is free whereas searching in the Yellow Pages and phoning individual areas would be very sluggish and costly. ...read more.


Also if I am needed at home my parents can easily contact me by SMS or voice calls. I think that my mobile phone is very good at meeting my personal needs because I can easily contact my friends and family when I am not at home. However, voice calls are very expensive and so if they were cheaper, I would be able to phone people more. Also there is practically no need for a mobile phone when I am at home because landline calls are cheaper. Social: If I am not home and there is something worth knowing, I would need my friends to contact me about it. For example: If am out and my friends call me on my mobile phone stating that they are close by, we can arrange to meet and go to the cinema or another excursion together. I think that socially my mobile phone is very good in assisting me to communicate with my friends when I am out for planning excursions. School: Within school we aren't allowed to keep our mobile phones switched on, this is a huge disadvantage as in case of emergency my parents or friends would not be able to contact me directly. Therefore, due to lack of contact my mobile phone does not perform well when I am at school. However, if at some point they are allowed, we would be able to be contacted and so it would be advantageous. Hannan Hashmi 10N ...read more.

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