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By tanners ·
Hello Republicans. I am a secondary school teacher who both teaches IT courses (communications tech and computer engineering) and integrates IT into other areas of teaching (Geog., Hist, Civics, Career Studies). In each of my tech courses, there is a unit called Societech - Society & Technology in which we tie our learning to societal progress (or regress) in general terms. From your individual points of view what is the most positive effect of IT on society at large and; the most negative. I realize this is a broad question - designed to prompt general consideration then we move to more personal opinions for each student.

THX in advance for your opinions.

Cheers!

Steve Tanner

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Same problem

by jdmercha In reply to IT education

The largest benifit I see dervied from IT is also the largest detriment.

With the proliferation of IT all over the world people are connected to a greater numnber of other people than would be possible otherwise.

But with that, more people are holed up in thier own personal space and are not physically interacting with others as much as they used to.

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Very good topic - hopefully it gets a good response

by TomSal In reply to IT education

First, the positive effect of IT on society...

-Faster information. Would our parents have even dreamed it would be possible when they were kids that someday information would travel the planet in mere seconds? Where particularly is the speed of information valuable --- besides EVERYWHERE? (time is money rings a bell doesn't it?). Particularly how about the speed of information to our law enforcement agencies, our governments and our hospitals/medical professionals. Because of the speed and relative ease of information I believe the quality of medical care is improved, well the chance of mistakes is reduced.

-Reduction in paperwork. With the information age a lot less paper is needed for many things that in years past was nothing but an avanlanche of paper. Even when I went for a mortgage 3 years ago the amount of paper was considerably less than what my parents had to fill out 27 years prior.

-When talking stricting positives and playing "dumb" to the negatives, certainly we can't ignore the conveniences of living in the information age. Many tasks are extremely simplified due to computer technology. ATM machines, online-banking, online-investing, heck 3 weeks ago I order dinner to be delivered to my house from my computer -- never spoke to a person, never picked up a phone.

Some of the negatives...

-I am including myself when I say this...but the technology is making us lazy. Writing skills are suffering, as are grammar skills. I used to be a very good writer, about 10 years ago. Now after my "tech culture" -- always using computers to write papers, logging into to discussion boards, shooting IMs to friends and family...my writing suffers. Go into a chat room and you'll instantly know what I am talking about ...dawg.

-Security. Yeah its great that information is shared and is readily available, but that's also the negative...its shared and readily available. Pre-technology, folks only really needed to worry about someone getting their credit card information, or SSN if they lost their wallet. Now its electronically transmitted from merchant to merchant from agency to agency. All it takes is one very determined (and admittably bored) hacker and he/she can make sure its quite easy for MILLIONS of other folks to know your credit card numbers and your SSN.

-New crime invented with technology. Now because of technology their is a new resource for criminals to use to exploit the innocent, and kids in particular. You have sickos roaming the internet trying to pick up unsuspecting teenagers for a "get together" that sadly ends up as molestation, rape, kidnapping or murder. Also, criminals can use the information resources of the Internet to keep them informed of current news situations which can aid them in planning a crime, they can look up location maps to their victim(s) whereabouts, look up how much attention they attracted via FBI most wanted postings, etc.

-One of the other real big negatives (I think) is that the speed at which technology works these days, and because its so present in our daily lives -- it is making people more and more impatient all the time. This cascades into other behavioral patterns like making someone quicker to throw a temper fit, more likely to snap in traffic (of course I'm guilty of road rage myself..lol).

So we take the good with the bad..

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EVOLUTIONARY...

by FluxIt In reply to IT education

I view IT from a some what different perspective. To begin with we are only in the early stages of the information revolution even though to many people it has been going on for several decades. Because maturity is so far away the social value of IT remains somewhat elusive to most people. They simply cannot foresee some of the benefits and are caught in a paradigm of the current technologies. Many activities need to occur before information technologies truly enters the growth stages such as fundamental changes to processing technologies from discrete to asynchronuous and data storage methods.

Once these changes become common place the true social benefit of IT will include improvements to medical care and long term life assistance. In terms of engineering more advanced materials and machines can be built to aide the common man. IT will facilitate a return to small business and the common man contributing to the marketplace. Not unlike ancient times when people went down to the market had conversations before making a purchase. IT will offer more responsive operations to environmental and market changes.

I could comment a lot more but would probably bore you.

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