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My use of ICT - my school dinner card

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Unit 3 ICT and Society Your Own Use of ICT My School Dinner card Describe the ICT technology that is being used. My school dinner card was the size of a credit card. It had my name and number printed on it so hopefully could have been returned to me if I should have lost it. The dinner cards have a little chip in the back which contains all the data like the amount of money on the card. There are machines in the school where we can put more money onto our cards. Then we go to the canteen and it gets put into a machine which subtracts the total of our purchase off it. Describe how you use the ICT technology. I used to use the dinner card all the time. I often bought cookies or fruit as an extra to my lunch. I sometimes bought sandwiches, pasta salad or pizza and chips for my lunch This gave me the freedom to chose if I want to make my lunch or buy it. ...read more.

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There is an advantage for parents who can check what they're son/daughter has been buying,by asking for a print-out of their purchases. What are the disadvantages, if any, of the ICT technology. There are a few diasdvanatges to using the cards too. The fact that parents can get a print out of our spending is bad too. It is a good thing for parents but not for their kids. A further reason is because the cards rely on machines to work, there have been occasions when the machines have got broken or jammed. This results in huge queues for the one machine still working, or the complete inability to purchase food. Often, the machines which put money onto the cards refuse to accept older notes because they are crumpled. People spend ages attempting to insert notes into the machine only to be rejected again and again, this increases queues to them. ...read more.

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You can only reduce your money by buying more things. It would be good if we could take off some money, say if we put too much on the card accidently. Also the cards have no picture of their user on and the dinner ladies are quite used to people using each others cards. This means should someone steal a card and it was not blocked they could carry on using it without detection. If I didn't have use of my card when I was in the lower years I would have had to carry loose change around with me, losing it as it fell out of my bag and possibly getting it nicked by one of the older people. Queues would have been even longer than they are now so it would've taken even longer to get some food. Overall I think the dinner card used to have a lot of value to me, however because of changes in the cafeteria and my own health views, I no longer have any use for it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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