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The impact of ICT on the way I do things at home and at school.

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Assignment 1 The impact of ICT on the way I do things at home and at school Introduction I use ICT a lot in my life. It makes things a lot easier and more convenient. I am going to describe the many different ways in which I use ICT and what I use it for. I am going to evaluate how much it affects my life and how I would manage without ICT. I am going to split this up into four main categories: Home Personal, Home Social, School Personal, and School Social. I think these categories cover all the ways I use ICT in my life. At the end of my assignment, I am going to make a conclusion of all the points raised. My Uses of ICT I use ICT in many ways. I use my mobile phone to text or phone my friends, or the Internet to email them. I also use MSN messenger to chat to my friends, and SMS to text them from the Internet. This is good because it does not cost as much to text from SMS as it does to use my phone. I watch TV, and listen to my Hi-Fi, which is good because it helps me to relax. I use the microwave to make myself hot drinks, when I have just walked home from school in winter and I am really cold. ...read more.

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So if you go somewhere after school, and your parents don't know where you are, they can't ring you and find out because you're not allowed your phone. A mobile phone meets my needs because if I'm out and I want a lift home, I can ring my dad and he'll come and pick me up, and I can talk to my friends whenever I want. It would be really hard without a mobile, because it enables people to contact you wherever you are so you can meet up with your friends or make sure your parents know where you are all the time. It is very valuable to me, and I couldn't live without my phone. I sometimes text people about silly things, whereas I wouldn't ring them if I didn't have a mobile. This can be a help sometimes, because I know who else is going to places, or what time we have to be somewhere, or how much it costs. These are things which I think I know, and am just checking by texting someone, and would not ring someone about. Another home social ICT technology I use is MSN messenger. This is sort of like a chat room, but it is just you and your friend or friends. You are both online, and you type a message which comes up on the screen straight away. ...read more.

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Disadvantages of email over the phone are that it means I never make the effort to ring or meet up with friends who I have kept in contact with using email. Disadvantages of email over the post are that you can't send material possessions via the Internet. Email is very important to me because I have friends who don't live anywhere near me who I've kept in touch with using emails, and who it's not convenient to meet up with all the time. I need email to communicate with my friends, so it meets my needs because it enables me to communicate with my friends. I would be giving another example of how I use ICT at school for social reasons, if I had one. Since we're not allowed to use mobiles, or chat rooms, and I can't think of anything else, I'm not going to give another example. Conclusion All these ICT technologies have made an impact on my life. ICT means I can relax by playing computer games, or watching TV or DVD's, or listening to MP3's and my Hi-Fi. It makes things cheaper- i.e. burning CD's instead of buying them, and downloading computer games instead of buying them. It makes things quicker- by emailing somebody instead of sending them a letter through the post. It makes things more convenient, and affects my life in a big way by making everything so much easier. Catherine Hunter 07/05/2007 Centre Number 46909 Page 1 Parklands High School ...read more.

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