Financial management software is nothing new; in fact, financial management may be one of the first common uses of personal computers. However, financial management has become sophisticated, thanks to a wide array of tools and services. Many tools and services for financial management are multi-platform, and can work with smartphones as well as computers. One such application is called Mint, which is the application associated with Mint.com. Mint.com is owned by Intuit, which is a long-standing financial management software company. The Intuit suite of products was designed for stand-alone use, as a client application that sits on a personal computer. What makes Mint.com different is that it operates completely on the Web. Users upload their financial data directly through their financial institutions, rather than inputting individual information manually. The Mint.com interface is simple and easy to look at due to solid graphical user interface design and a lack of…… [Read More]
new technology -- The Internet -- and discuss the following concepts: Strategic thrusts, Strategic value of networks (if applicable), Stages of growth, IT strategy, Social and organizational changes (requirements and/or barriers), and Critical success factors.
ecently, one of travel agencies located at a rural area at Johnstown, Indiana decided to make the use of the Internet for handling the travel needs of its customers. Previously, the agency was connected with American Airline's reservation systems; however, this system was quite inflexible to meet the growing travel needs of the customers. Therefore, lately the agency has decided to use the Internet for meeting the travel demands of the customers. In the following I discuss the reasons for such a change.
Strategic Thrusts: The major strategic thrust for using the Internet technology was based on the agency's requirements for handling customers' various travel needs. In recent times, customers are demanding not only air…… [Read More]
The design theory and methodology of digital signage encompass the many aspects of advertising design. They are bright, often lit with bold colors, and the screens can scroll, show animations, and quickly change from one scene to another. The displays catch the travelers' eye, keep them entertained, and have been shown to even cut down on the perceived wait times for travelers (Editors). These signs can have voice recognition systems or touch screens to engage the viewer even more, and they can contain information, such as ticket prices, routes, arrival and departure times, and much more, making public transportation travel a little more entertaining and engaging for people like me that use the system all the time (Cluett 106). They are also easy to update, and content design is graphic design at its best, it uses bright graphics and easy-to-read text that will engage just about any viewer. Contrast, daring…… [Read More]
The Porter Model forces companies to align all available resources in terms of pricing strategies, product strategies, and their own &D strategies to counter competitors, leading to a more effective marketing strategy than if just a single, isolated tactic was used. The bottom line from Porter's standpoint is that technology alone is not as major of a competitive threat by itself; it does however become a major threat when part of a broader competitive strategy (Porter, 2008).
When a competitor offers a new technology, it's important to evaluate how it either supports or detracts from their existing strengths and weaknesses, and what it means within the broader industry. esponding to a competitor's introduction of a new technology requires a highly coordinated set of strategies that take into account product, pricing, distribution, and branding to underscore competitive parity or advantage despite a new technology being introduced.
Porter, M. (2008).…… [Read More]
new technology, particularly technology that affects the way people communicate, is never morally neutral. It changes the way people see themselves and the ways they relate to others. Technology has brought human beings closer -- as manifested in the ease with which we can communicate through text-messaging and Facebook -- but also has also divided us in terms of how it distances us. Virtual communication has become a kind of 'default setting' of interaction, no matter how emotionally inappropriate. It is very tempting to be a coward and send an email to avoid a personal conflict in the real world, and even to become obsessed with online friendships rather than real friendships.
More and more of our lives are lived in public, thanks to the presence of technology. Even advertising on the web reflects an eerie level of knowledge about our personal behaviors and habits. I recall looking at a…… [Read More]
I wonder if the overexposure to information, and the need to constantly keep in touch with our virtual 'friends' has made us respect language less. In communicating through text messaging, using shorthand is a necessity, not even laziness. Our language seems poorer than that of previous generations, and I wonder if the way we think will also change -- we may be quicker and more tolerant of new ideas and new people, but we also do not take the time to look beneath the surface. Rewriting a paper or a letter forces the writer to probe what he or she has said and to contemplate word choice, nuance, and diction.
The Internet has expanded the range, not just of personal connections, but also our sources of information. In my grandfather's day, most people read one or two papers: a local paper and a national paper. They listened to one source…… [Read More]
Taken in isolation, some of the new, minimally-invasive procedures are less expensive by far, when analyzed on a procedure-by-procedure basis, than previous significant surgical interventions, as demonstrated below:
Estimated duration of 'cure'
PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention
ased on the above analysis, it would appear to be clear that a PCI is more cost-effective than CAG procedures. This may not be true when all costs are considered, however. The logic of comparison needs to include additional factors than the 'cure' period and the direct procedural costs.
CAG cost discussion
CAG can vary from a simple mammary artery, single bypass to a 3- to 5-vessel bypass graft operation with the use of saphenous vein grafts from the leg. Many of the single-artery bypass operations have been overtaken by PCI in the past few years, as the need to 'open' single vessels has been taken in…… [Read More]
If the selling company has a good reputation, and the software happens to have a bug or two, our company would at least be assured of an avenue for recompense.
One factor that should also be considered is whether our competitors are using the same type of technology to their benefit, and even more importantly to our detriment. It should not be a purchase just to 'keep up with the Joneses" but if the technology is helping our competitor, perhaps it would help us as well. It would probably be best to keep in mind that our company is unique, but that does not mean that benefits of a new purchase such as this one would not help us in the same way that it helps our competitor.
Finally, any time that a large technology purchase such as this one is being considered the dollar and cents aspect of the…… [Read More]
employees resist integrating new technologies into workplace duties, and what can be done to prevent employee resistance to technology changes?
You know, I'm all for progress. It's change I object to." - Mark Twain
The Key Question to be addressed: The salient topic of this paper approaches the question of why there is a predictable and often across-the-board degree of resistance from employees when it comes to approaching - and adapting to - new technologies in the workplace. Moreover, the issue of resistance to workplace change - technology-related workplace change in particular - cries out for a close examination from several perspectives.
Firstly, this paper will discuss the issue of why people often fear any type of dramatic or workplace change, and are frequently reticent to go along with significant adjustments and modifications in lifestyle or workplace situations. The psychological reasons for human resistance to change is an important foundation…… [Read More]
That there is resistance to the adoption of this new technology should not surprise. There is often a fair amount of inertia within any organization when it comes to organizational change in general, and rolling out new technology in particular. Structural inertia has long been studied in organizational change literature – people become accustomed to doing things a certain way, they have fallen into routines, and many people really do not like being broken out of their comfort zones (Hannan & Freeman, 1984). This phenomenon can be observed on the macro level, but it will also manifest on the micro level, with respect to individual changes that are non-structural in nature. A good example is the rolling out of new technology. There are a few things that a nurse leader can do to ensure that the rollout of the new electronic health record system is successful.
Those who…… [Read More]
The intent of this study is to evaluate how effective social network platforms are today when used for nurturing and supporting long-term learning of abstract, complex concepts when presented in the context of a scaffolding model. Quantifying the value of combining social networks and scaffolding will be accomplished through a test/retest methodology that will seek to isolate the effects of hybrid vs. online only class participation, and fulfillment percentage of scaffolding plans including level of academic performance achieved. Statistics, medical sciences and biology will be used as the subjects included in the scaffolding tutorials, as these academic disciplines require intensive levels of abstract and conceptual thought (Tsai, 2010).
Bernoff, J., & Li, C.. (2008). Harnessing the Power of the Oh-So-Social Web. MIT Sloan Management eview, 49(3), 36-42.
Jadallah, M., Anderson, ., Nguyen-Jahiel, K., Miller, B., Kim, I., Kuo, L., Dong, T., & Wu, X.. (2011). Influence of a Teacher's…… [Read More]
Since the results of these efforts to date have been mixed, it is important to see if there may be some truth to these arguments concerning the harmful effects of technology-based activities such as social media on young people, and these issues are discussed further below.
The Internet and the Dumbing Down of Society
The adage that "the more things change, the more they stay the same" is no longer true according to Evgeny Morozov. riting in Prospect magazine, Morozov (2010) argues in his essay, "Losing our minds to the web" that, "The internet is damaging teenagers' brains and our ability to think. But the web's real dangers lurk elsewhere" (1). Like any other muscle, Morozov and like-minded critics of technology maintain that the Internet has caused young people's brains to weaken because they are not being "exercised" enough by traditional standards. In this regard, Morozov emphasizes that, "There's no…… [Read More]
Mobile phones are another major area of emerging technologies. Not just for phoning home anymore, mobile phones are becoming more and more robust, integrating full PDA functionality and even permitting streaming video content. Communications providers offer the biggest obstacles in seamless digital streaming, because of the confusing array of services and relatively poor download speeds. Finally, consumers are becoming increasingly sensitive to the possibility of identity theft. As technology becomes increasingly versatile, the potential for the usurpation of privacy rises too. The government has yet to step in decisively and will soon be forced to develop a new wave of consumer protection laws as well as creative laws protecting intellectual property.
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Gizmodo.…… [Read More]
The Civil War is hailed by many as the first modern war that was fought, at least within the United States. The dimensions that can be assessed in this regard include technology, public opinion and sustainment operations. There were certainly linkages between the American evolution and the Civil War. However, a lot changed from the 1970's to the 1860. Indeed, that is nearly a century's worth of time. This paper will explore what set the Civil War apart from the evolution and other wars in terms of modernity. While the Civil War was a lot of the same in many regards, there were also some things that clearly set it apart from prior wars.
One historical matter that has to be discussed when it comes to comparing the Civil War to prior wars is indeed something that happened between the aforementioned evolution and the Civil War. Of course, that…… [Read More]
Technology Strategies Anticipated to Accomplish Business Goals
GE Lighting Division's expectations for SharePoint were not realized, and as a result, the division moved to adopt a globally-based Partner elationship Management (PM) system that includes integration to both reseller order capture and distributed order management systems so that all channel partners could place orders and track them through manufacturing to fulfillment. GE Lightings' channel management had found that through discussions with resellers that of all applications designed for the five objectives, having a coordinated order capture and order management system was critical. Second, the objective of managing pricing both in terms of quotes and handling pricing exceptions was accomplished through the development of a Special Pricing equest application. As Columbus (2003) has stated, the automating of special pricing requests is one of the highest OI activities for a channel organization to pursue. Third, the automation of lead generation and escalation in…… [Read More]
New technologies often have widespread and disruptive effects on society at large, and the humanities in particular, because new technologies force people to expand the realm of possibility beyond what was previously imaginable. Like the printing press before it, the phonograph fundamentally altered the way humans considered sound, music, speech, and recording by making reproducible and tactile something which was previously singular and ephemeral. In order to understand the truly disruptive effects of the phonograph on the humanities, one must examine not only the context of the phonograph's invention, but also the cultural developments which grew out of its invention as well as the subsequent technologies only made possible by the phonograph. Thus, one must necessarily begin an examination of the phonograph with its inventor, Thomas Edison, because by examining Edison's own predictions regarding the future of his invention and comparing them to the actual progress of the phonograph…… [Read More]
diffusion and adoption of new personal electronic devices. Specifically, the marketing efforts, market penetration for DVDs and Palm Pilots in addition, the use of DVDs and Personal Data Assistants will be reviewed, and a brief analysis of early, middle, and late users will be undertaken. For the purpose of this paper, the terms PDA and Palm Pilot will be used interchangeably.
New technologies are anticipated to revolutionize how we spend our work and leisure time. Dr. Ellen artella, Dean of the University of Texas College of Communication notes, "In the 1970's, TV became the technology that colonized America's leisure time" (Microsoft.com). artella then goes on to predict that digital technologies and computers will quickly fill that gap in the years to come, and that young people will be at the forefront of that trend. This trend is expected to grow, and artella notes, "hile desktops, notebooks, cell phones and hand-helds…… [Read More]
Only by taking into account these factors and planning ahead for them will the ethical and privacy implications of these innovative new technologies be managed transparently. The focus on accountability and ensuring each workflow throughout a manufacturing operation is abiding by governance requirements is essential for protecting customer, company and supplier data. Too often manufacturers become too enamored with technology alone and forget to see the broader ethical and privacy implications of their decisions to invest in data-centric initiatives. The hard reality is that the more data-centric an initiative is the more oversight it requires to ensure ethicacy and clarity, and most of all to protect the data that is literally moving unprotected throughout production processes literally 24 hours a day.
How Information Technology Affects an Organization's Strategic Position
The collection of nascent technologies mentioned by Columbus (et.al) in the recent Forbes article taken together act as accelerators across all…… [Read More]
When e-learning relies not on the Internet but on proprietary hardware and software, standardization will become requisite.
Naturally, the future of e-learning entails more powerful software and hardware. In every domain of the technology sector, hardware and software becomes more powerful as well as more ergonomic and user-friendly. Some possible ramifications of increased power include the ability for students to multitask, load larger files, and interact with resource-intensive applications on smaller devices including handhelds. Brandon (2010) points out that Apple has recently hinted that future generations of iPhones are going to be powerful enough for multitasking. The availability of iBooks will allow students to read course material from their smart phone (Brandon 2010). Portability is the wave of the future in all information technologies including those related to e-learning. Therefore, manufacturers will find ways to make smaller devices more powerful and conducive to the demands of educators and their students.…… [Read More]
The Role of Social Media in Human Resources
New technologies have had a substantial impact on the role of a human resource department. Technology in general has allowed the profession to take a more active role in the organization and create a competitive advantage in many cases. Social media is one of the technologies that has had a profound impact on the ways people network and communicate. This technology can also have many advantages for a HR professional and can be used to network, communicate, or as even a way to get to know a potential candidate better. This paper will look at some of the ways that social media is being used by HR departments to further their organization's strategic goals.
Using Social Media to Stay Organized
One of the most functional uses of social media is simply to stay organized. Since participants on social media platforms…… [Read More]
Technology in Film
Fred Ott was the very first movie star that every existed. His brief starring role in the five-second film that showed him sneezing started the use of technology to make films. Since then, technology both in and out of film has changed immeasurably and what technology is used and is said about technology in these same films has evolved quite a lot and the statements sometimes made are profound. A summary of the Fred Ott principle and how it pertains to three films in particular in the early 1900's will be covered in this report. Those films are Modern Times, The General and Lonedale Operator. It will then be answered what technology allows the director to do from a narrative and technical level standpoint as well as when/how/where/why the new technology appears. It will be answered whether there are particular characters that are associated with the technology…… [Read More]
Technology in Education
Assessing Three Emerging Technologies' Contribution to Learning
There are a myriad of new technologies emerging that have the potential to completely re-order and increase the level of learning effectiveness and performance of students. With so many new technologies emerging as diverse as mobile-based learning systems on smartphones to the ability to tailor online learning systems and complete networks, the opportunities for educators to innovate has never been more full of potential. What unifies the highest performing technologies in the area of learner involvement and performance are those that allow for students to define the pace, depth and repetition possible for a given subject. All of these technologies share a common characteristic of being able to align and support learner's specific goals and objectives, creating a highly effective educational scaffolding platform in the process (Najjar, 2008). The best technologies can be quickly tailored to each individual student's needs,…… [Read More]
Technology in Instructional Delivery: The Case of Capella University
The use of technology, particularly Internet technology, in instructional delivery in educational institutions has revolutionized the way people access and utilize educational information. Online instructional delivery, either in mixed (combination of traditional and online modes of instruction) or purely online formats, have made learning more interactive, not only between the learner and the tool, but also between the teacher and learner and among learners themselves. This increasing demand for an online mode of instruction delivery in educational institutions is a reflection of the need to not only adopt the new technology, but also to 'manipulate' this technology to suit the users' learning needs (oschmann, 1996:8). The following description of the technology of instructional delivery at Capella University demonstrates this point.
In addition to its traditional format of instructional delivery, which is face-to-face classroom setting, Capella University has an online learning system…… [Read More]
Based on this information, supermarkets can highlight certain areas of their floor space over others. The supermarkets can thus charge higher prices for the more premium spaces, giving suppliers a choice of where to park their products.
This practice is a win situation for supermarkets, allowing them to meet their duties to their stockholders and their employees. In fact, any increased earnings from the premium display places can be passed on to customers in the form of savings as well. Thus, it can be argued that the use of premium display areas can allow a supermarket to cater more efficiently to the needs of its customers, as well as its employees.
It is important to note that the use of premium space does not deny customers one of their most important rights in a supermarket - the right to make an informed choice. This paper has argued that given the…… [Read More]
Many things we take for granted in modern life are the result of the
Industrial Revolution. We no longer have to sew our own clothes, make
everything we eat from scratch, and we have access to a greater array of
cheap consumer goods. People no longer have to work from sundown to sunup,
farming for food, sewing, weaving, and fighting to stay alive. We now have
greater leisure time, but also the things we produce during our work life
are no longer our 'own,' in contrast to an agrarian societies where people
own the food they produce on their lands, and make only the clothing and
things they need to survive. We receive wages for the goods and services we
provide to strangers. Instead, what we do at work is often very different
than how we pursue in our private lives-one reason that the Industrial
Revolution is often said to…… [Read More]
Development of technology has also improved the management of global logistics by encouraging firms to implement the EP systems. The global logistics planning as well as execution processes are still behind mostly when it comes to logistic management and supply chain. Therefore, creating a web-based system (EP) will create interactions with people around the world when purchasing goods and services online. The system created will also help the firms in managing the global transportation carriers, rates and execution in an environment.
Technology has improved the management of global logistics by impacting on the supply chain processes. The customers are now digitally connected by allowing the firms to have their personal portals updated again and again with the tracking numbers put in place.
Technology has also contributed to transparency in a supply chain, improving the links in the firms' chain, a trend that should be replicated among al big logistics companies…… [Read More]
This is beneficial for businesses, customers and the financial institutions. With these things understood partnerships are an essential aspect of providing positive outcomes for customers while also having the ability to conduct business at higher volumes and more efficiently.
The purpose of this discussion is to explain the impact of technology on customers. The research found that technology has added a great deal of value to people's lives. In addition the manner in which certain technologies are introduced to market have a profound impact on who purchases the technology and why. Once a technology is available to customers a good support system must be in place to ensure that customer questions are handled appropriately. Failure to offer the proper support may discourage customers from using the product that they have purchased and any other product by the company. Lastly the research found that the development of partnerships is vitally…… [Read More]
Over the next twenty-five years, however, the digital divide will be decreased. Despite the slow pace of change in much of the developing world, change will occur over the next twenty-five years. In addition, the younger populations of most of these countries will mean that the opportunity to replace citizens with little likelihood of adopting modern telecommunications with young ones who will know of nothing else. As the pace of innovation slows in the est over the next twenty-five years, the developed world will have a chance to catch up, particularly in the countries where strong economic growth rates promise to bring those nations in the developed world in that span of time.
M. & Farlie, R. (2006). The determinants of global digital divide: a cross-country analysis of computer and Internet penetration. Oxford Economic Papers. Retrieved May 10, 2010 from http://oep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2006/12/03/oep.gpl024.abstract
Dasgupta, S., Lall, S. & heeler,…… [Read More]
Project Charter: Technology Project for YourGard Technology Company
The project at focus in this study will involve hiring an outside contractor to develop the new application and an outside firm to design and construct the website. The web site must maintain the company vision and make the company's operation available in a technological sense to the world.
The purpose for this project includes the increase of market share and revenue through introduction of a new product line with technological features enhanced and increase of revenue through tapping into a larger base of customers through secure Internet sales. Finally, the purpose of this project includes the improvement of service to customers through engineering remote diagnostic, tuning and repair of the new product line.
Objectives of Project
The objectives of this project include the increase of the market share by 50% within two years of product launch through provision of…… [Read More]
It is predicted that dot coms would increase their sales by 21.2% in a year if they were not to increase their employees. Furthermore revenue per employee would increase by 24.47%, gross income by 27.22%, and gross income per employee by 28.4%. The areas in which learning takes place then include selling, fulfilling customer requirements, and providing customer satisfaction to an increasing degree of excellence. This is done without increasing resources in terms of employees or capital.
In terms of structure and improvement, there are a variety of interacting layers in the digital media offered by Internet technology. Consulting, training and integration services are part of layer two, which interacts with IP-based networks and applications, that form layer 1. These layers interact with digital dot coms at layers 3 and 4, enabling them to provide media-rich content with continuous improvement as layers 1 and 2 continuously improve their products and…… [Read More]
Allen is saying that all of the wonders of technology can never replace tow people connecting and trusting each other. I completely agree with these concepts and given Mr. Allen's wit and comedic sense, am thankful it was made. Finally any film made during a specific period of time can't help but reflect the values of society at the time. The open discussions about sexuality and sex make light of society's open and free attitudes about these areas of the human experience in 1973.
Why Sleeper is a Classic
Sleeper will always be a classic because it combines Mr. Allen's slapstick and vaudevillian comedic approaches while integrating his favorite music, which is jazz and ragtime. In addition the triumph of the human spirit and human emotions, as chaotic and mercurial as they can be, will always be superior to technology. The use of technology as a means to coerce and…… [Read More]
Technology has certainly had an impact on the history of man. Not only have the devices and processes that have emerged from advancements in technology had their effect so has the relationship of technology to politics, economics, science, and the arts. Technology has affected how man interacts with man and as history is a record of man's interactions with each other technology has affected history.
Not surprisingly, historians have adopted different approaches to examining the effect that technology has on history. Essentially, two approaches have emerged to dominate the field: technological determinism and social constructionism.
The essence of technological determinism is that it is the introduction of new technology changes society and that these changes are often unexpected. For example, proponents of technology determinism would argue that the introduction of printing changed society from one driven by oral communication into a society driven by writing and literacy or that the…… [Read More]
Technology in classrooms has affected education in ways that seem to be immeasurable. There has reached a point where students now expect classes to have technology in it and actually avoid classes that do not. Education is turning out to be more about the newest technology and how it is being used in the classroom, than about the pedagogy itself (McKinney et al., 2008). Students no longer feel the need to attend class everyday and take diligent notes because they know that they will be able to find all these things online or on the school's Blackboard. Although the downright subject is not being affected, the way students are being taught and the way they are beginning to learn is being altered. This does not necessarily have to be in a negative way, though. Every person has a different learning style and different learning ability, and having technology…… [Read More]
(a) Technology is "the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science" (Dictionary.com, 2014). 1)(b) High-technology is "scientific technology involving the production or use of advanced or sophisticated devices especially in the fields of electronics and computers" (Merriam-Webster, 2014). 1)(c) A can opener, an electric can opener, and a radio are all examples of technology. They involve mechanical parts and some simple electronics or electronics that have been in use for a substantial period of time, and are not considered advanced or sophisticated. A 3D printer, a drone, a satellite radio, and a 3D TV all rely upon advanced computer technology to work and would be examples of high technology because they would be unable to work without supporting advanced technology and,…… [Read More]
Technology has changed how we teach in the 21st century. Many diverse technologies surface every year, and educators find it difficult learning and integrating all the new technologies their institutions buy or identify. However, appropriate professional development and time to accomplish this is not their only concern. Educators are expected to use all these technologies in all course activities. This desire places much emphasis on technology (the medium) when educators are designing and implementing their courses and course activities.
As Cook and McDonald (2008) caution, frequently educators seek to use e-learning because it is a new technology, rather than because the technology enhances instruction. Educators, their supervisors, and stakeholders need to be reminded of the role of technology in the instructional design process, which should be used to enhance instructional delivery.
Technological Instructional Delivery
Educators at all levels have historically received enormous pressure to update their courses. In the last…… [Read More]
Technology and Film
Almost from its inception, the idea of the relationship between the individual and technology has been part of an evolving paradigm. While this new technology brought entertainment to the masses, technology itself as often the subject of early films which explored the idea of whether technology was a tool for humans to use, or a foreboding tyrant that both dehumanized and attempted to control both the individual and society. The idea of dehumanization by technology was, of course, nothing new and was part of the Marxist view that industry actually prevented humans from actualizing as humans while paying them a wage that resulted in a kind of self-slavery. Technology could both save and awe humans, it could expand boundaries, but it could also warn of impending doom.
In the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, for instance, space travel was introduced to the public by using…… [Read More]
As a result, there is greater flexibility in creating individualized learning plans and isolating the contribution this specific interactive technology allows for increasing student retention and long-term learning. The bottom line is that interactive technologies such as the smart board can deliver statistically significant increases in student performance when their scores are compared before and after the introduction of scaffolding and interactive instruction (Halden, 258, 259).
At the intersection of process improvement and teaching technologies is the definition of solutions which are significantly increasing the effectiveness of teaching. The reliance on scaffolding strategies both in small groups and individually, when combined with technologies, shows significant potential to re-order the productivity of teaching elementary school students.
Butler, Kyle a., and Andrew Lumpe. "Student Use of Scaffolding Software: elationships with Motivation and Conceptual Understanding." Journal of Science Education and Technology 17.5 (01 Oct. 2008): 427-436. EIC. EBSCO.5 Mar. 2009
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Technology in Edu
Technology has changed the ways schools operate, the ways teachers communicate, and the ways students learn. At every level of education, from kindergarten until graduate school, technology is being used as a means to develop and deliver course material. Technology is also being used in administrative offices, and also in the home as students have greater access to educational technologies. In traditional classroom environments, technology is being used not just in the most obvious ways such as computer terminals with Internet and library database access. While traditional technological tools such as computers have become indispensable, revolutionary changes to the learning environment itself are technology-dependent. For example, technology can be used to alter lighting and sounds in the classroom in ways that promote learning, cooperation, and concentration. With technology in education comes a great responsibility to monitor usage, upgrade systems, and remain continually mindful of issues such as…… [Read More]
Building Effective Technology Support Teams: A esearch Thesis
The effectiveness of technology support teams depends on the ability to combine theoretical and contextual technology support (Harich, 2006), as well as to share understandings with different kinds of specialists (Koutsoulis, 2006). In addition, the conduciveness of the social context for realizing intrinsic work goals-especially learning and mastering new technology support and skills-is an important aspect of the job.
Hiring is especially important since organizations often rely on the exploitation of technology support to achieve competitive advantage and the difference between hiring an average and a high-potential candidate can significantly affect an organization's reputation and profitability.
Graduates were hired on an annual basis, while experienced persons were recruited when vacancies arose. The emphasis in the workflows we studied was on hiring for immediate organizational requirements, so that, compared with the number of experienced hires, there were relatively few recent…… [Read More]
(Nursing profession studied) This is clearly not very high, and there does not seem to be a high impact of the change in technology on nurses and their employment.
This leads to a dichotomy in the view about nurses - they are viewed as targets of change rather than the force which leads to changes through proposals, leadership and implementation. This often causes them difficulty in carrying on with their jobs when there are rapid changes within the organization. To save their own position, it is important that nurses learn about change theory, change strategies and methods of anticipation and managing change. This may take place in organizations which wants to change its staff mix so that it can save on costs through inclusion of more unlicensed assistive personnel. These personnel will generally try to maintain their position through direct assertion, but there have to be an analysis of the…… [Read More]
"Numerous studies have shown that impressive results in student achievement have come from students in technology-rich learning environments. Additional benefits such as improved student attitude, enthusiasm and engagement have also been found." (Sebastian J.)
However technology is not a solution in itself but can be a useful and often powerful means of enhancing the educational process. In this process technology does not replace teaching as an essential function but is rather used to the advantage of the teacher and students. As one study succinctly summarizes the relationship between pedagogy and technology; "...the teacher is essential to the integration of the technological potential in education. Teachers need the access, training, ongoing support and time to become proficient, productive users of technology. This is crucial in order for teachers to fulfill their roles as facilitators of learning and information literacy." (Sebastian J.)
Building a Nation of Learners Key to U.S. Meeting…… [Read More]
Closed Captioning/CAT -- Closed captioning provides an ongoing written transcription of movies, television, and/or stage productions. With new technology, Closed Captioning has moved into Communication Access eal-Tim Translation, or CAT. CAT transcribes spoken words into printed text onto a screen or computer, and is much more interactive and used for not only entertainment, but court or other official meeting presentations (Nomeland, pp. 180-1).
Alert Systems -- Are relatively low-tech; flashing lights when the doorbell rings, vibrating pillows if there is a smoke or burglar alarm, etc. Most of these technologies have been supplanted by more sophisticated applications on smart phones (Nomeland, p. 187).
Internal devices are medically oriented implants that either amplifies sound in those who have a hearing disability or replace some of the inner ear mechanisms to allow the deaf person to actually "hear" sounds. These are becoming more and more sophisticated, some even with computer "smart"…… [Read More]
Technological advances have impacted every area of human existence on almost every area of the planet, with few exceptions. Nearly every aspect of daily mundane life is affected by technology, including communication and transportation. However, one area of daily life is even more impacted and transformed than others. That area is food and eating. Food production has changed dramatically since the Industrial Age. Indeed, since the invention of the cotton gin, all agricultural practices have depended on technologies that have gone far beyond ox carts and donkeys. Mechanical food production increased food outputs, and greater yields have subsequently improved health and livelihoods for large groups of people. However, the fusion of technology and food production has not been completely positive. There are many negative repercussions of using technology at every stage of food production, and the integration of technology and food proves political and highly controversial. Problems such as…… [Read More]
Technology - Definition
There is much controversy with regard to technology, as its complexity makes it difficult for some to have a proper understanding of the concept. Technology is behind the evolution of humankind and it would be safe to say that it is an essential part of humanity in general. In order to be able to understand technology, one would first have to consider humanity's background and a series of events that made it possible for people to achieve impressive goals. By following this process, the respective individual would gain a more complex understanding of the triggers that encourage people to pursue technology and the degree to which it can help humanity thrive.
One of the first things one would have to consider when discussing with regard to technology would have to be the actual word "technology." The contemporary understanding of technology has its roots in Ancient Greece, with…… [Read More]
We agree that people still purchase books.
The reason is that today the author gets paid upfront and if people do not read the book, the publisher has to bear the loss. Secondly publishers are able to 'sell the books' to the bookstores' based on 'consignment system', whereby the 'book store' is able to return the books which are unsold against a 'full refund'. (Grossman, 2009) Jeanie Comstock (2009) says that some of the changes that became mandatory include the quality, readability and accessibility of documents. The changes in publishing technology have also called for changes in the roles for technical workers, communicators and even writers. Thus the intervention and role of the technical communicator has changed so that the matter or book published to day is readable, articulate, and navigable both in the printed and in the electronic media. The composite problem is also to keep up the author…… [Read More]
Analysis and Opinion:
Unfortunately, the bases of some of the most vocal critics of science come from those who are completely ignorant of the many benefits of modern science. Meanwhile, the profit motivation sometimes inspires irresponsible risk taking by those who are more greedy than ignorant. Scientific technology must not be limited by ignorance, but it must be regulated so that legitimate ecological concerns are not overlooked for the sake of short-term financial gains. While the criticisms voiced by religious conservatives and the uneducated lay public are unfounded (Bishop 1997), the profit motive certainly does increase the chances of ecologically dangerous developments associated with modern scientific applications, such as those within the agricultural engineering sciences (ifkin 2004).
The risk presented by the process of "gene flow" described by ifkin (2004) is particularly dangerous ecologically. Agricultural scientists are currently developing very hardy strains of vegetables, such as tomatoes with "antifreeze" genes…… [Read More]
Technology & CSR
Technological growth is fueled by a number of factors. The most important is changing conditions in the external environment. As new challenges arise, new technologies must be developed to meet those challenges. Another factor is competition. In many industries, business is so competitive that new technology is required to give companies competitive advantage, so they develop it. Another factor is increasing wealth in the world. Nations are contributing to the growth of technology that have not been able to make contributions in the past. All of this has an impact on corporate social responsibility. However you define CSR and whatever types of new technologies are created, companies must always keep in mind that they need to be ethical and remember their responsibilities to society.
Any number of corporate social responsibility issues can arise out of the use of technology and scientific research, since all three terms are…… [Read More]
Technology and Healthcare
Demographics of the global community are rapidly changing so that each year there are more and more seniors within the population base. This has a profound implication on the healthcare system of many regions since a large number of elderly citizens will be spending their lives in the confines of their home, and some may have chronic illness that require continuous monitoring. Clinical telemedicine is one way to offer greater services to rural or homebound populations. Indeed, a variety of technological advances have made it possible to change the paradigm of healthcare. Clinical information systems, for instance, have expanded in scope and depth. Increased processor speeds and data storage devices have made it possible to collect more data than ever on the detailed encounters that make up the provider-patient care delivery process, and present it more effectively to a wider range of users. Healthcare monitoring is part…… [Read More]
These days, every new computer technology provides many benefits to different kinds of organizations. eing very much in demand in schools, new computer technologies prepare the students in facing the challenges of their future - a future that will certainly be made more advanced by new computer technologies. Another is the importance of new computer technologies in different kinds of industries as they make almost all tasks be completed more quickly and more accurately. Moreover, competition of organizations belonging to same industry seems to rely on who has the latest technology. Whoever has the latest computer technology has the edge of winning clients and being the first to succeed as well.
New computer technologies play important role in the life of humans. They can be learning tools, productivity tools, communication tools, and entertainment tools. As new computer technologies are continuously being developed, it can be expected that change will be…… [Read More]
Hybrid cars generally run quieter that the traditional IC engine cars. (Keelan, 2004) the very design of operation of the hybrid cars ensures that the engine turn off when stationary and start up on electric power and then switch to gas. This design could be risky to people who do not pay attention to the road and blind pedestrians. It is presumptuous to state that this is a negative for the hybrid cars. Any change in technology is always viewed with skepticism.
For instance, when cars with glass on all four sides were introduced, people were afraid to ride in them. This was due to the concern that they had regarding the safety of the vehicle if it met with an accident and the glass broke. (PBS, 2007) it took some time and observation of the benefits such as protection from the elements that convinced people that it was safe…… [Read More]
Structural brain imaging has revolutionized the fields of neuroscience and medicine. The American neurosurgeon Walter Dandy first introduced ventriculography and later developed pneumoencephalography, early imaging methods in the early 1900s; however, both procedures carried significant risks and could be quite painful. The technique of cerebral angiography was introduced in the late 1920's by neurologist Egas Moniz and this technique became refined and is still an important tool that is used in neurosurgery (White, Bell, & Mellick, 1973). Further advancements such as computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MI), and positron emission tomography (PET) have led to researchers and physicians being able to visualize the brain and other areas of the body in order for diagnostic, treatment, and research purposes. The advancements in neuro-imaging have led to many remarkable discoveries.
One of the truly new cutting edge technologies in brain imaging may allow researchers to actually watch a person's…… [Read More]
esearch was the first to feel the effects. The shift in the material base of the university leaves the humanities entirely out in the cold. Corporations don't earmark donations for the humanities because our research culture is both self-contained and absurd. Essentially, we give the copyrights of our scholarly articles and monographs to university presses, and then buy them back, or demand that our libraries buy them back, at exorbitant markups. And then no one reads them. The current tenure system obliges us all to be producers of those things, but there are no consumers." (Donoghue 2008)
The idea in education is one of operating as a business. The academic partners within the university setting are essentially in competition with one another for funding and other resources. If the students with stellar marks from certain departments are highly recruited by business and academia, the department is heralded and viewed upon…… [Read More]
While the quality of Internet phone calls is still not as good as that of dial-up long-distance telephone, more and more users are taking advantage of Internet telephony because it offers free phone calls (Mceal and Elliott, 2002). Internet telephony is straightforward and simple, requiring only an Internet hookup, headphones or speakers, and a microphone.
For online students, Internet telephony offers an opportunity for students to speak to others in their classroom, almost anywhere in the world. In addition, teacher and student communication can be improved by the opportunity to speak to one another to discuss any learning challenges or questions.
Hand-held and wireless technologies are perhaps one of the greatest developments when it comes to online learning (Mceal and Elliott, 2002). According to Fortune magazine, computers will eventually be outsold by phones and organizers that have all the capabilities of a computer and the wireless connections to back them…… [Read More]
Sometimes, only network design enhancements are needed for existing networks that are still functional.
Characterizing the network infrastructure is the next step in designing a new network. To be able to develop a network map, different methods must be used. It is possible to figure out the architecture of the existing network by locating the cabling in the physical environment (Oppenheimer, 1998). The accessibility to major hosts and storage spaces can also be determined by taking a good look at the physical set up of the network. The location of the major internetworking devices as well as network segments is very important. All cables and their types or uses should be documented. The lengths of the cables are also important in order to be able to check the quality of connections. Environmental constraints can be seen within the physical environment of the network.
Developing a network map can only be…… [Read More]
Prior to launching into an assignment to create a Technology Assessment Committee, it is prudent to offer an in-depth description of a TAC, and the need therein.
Introduction to Technology Assessment in Hospitals
Technology Assessment Committee should be "incorporated into the strategic management of a hospital," according to Uphoff & Krane, and perhaps that is an understatement. Why? For two critical reasons: 1) Given the pivotal need for constant upgrading of technologies which hospitals rely upon for the delivery of maximum health care to patients, and the fact that financial resources are scarce in many hospitals, a TAC is vital; and 2) Given the fact that stress and burnout are being reported as widespread among health care professionals - and that there are key decisions to be made as to whether to spend money to bring in new technology or spend money to upgrade working conditions and pay…… [Read More]
Technology from French Revolution to U.S. Civil ar
Attention Sentence: Only about sixty to seventy years passed from the French Revolution in the late 1700's and the United States Civil ar in the 1860's. However, the technology and methodologies that were used during the two conflicts were quite different despite only three generations passing in between
Given the necessity for bigger and better technology, the advent of the Industrial Revolution and other factors, there was a mind-blowing amount of technology progress in the United States from 1790 to 1861 and the upgrades and updates run the gamut in terms of sources, benefits and reach.
Major Points Supporting Thesis: There was a paradigm shift in terms of technology from the late 1700's to the mid-1800's. Everything improved greatly including transportation, weaponry, transportation, energy and other things.
Major Point One - Battle from Sea
a. There were a number of major changes…… [Read More]
Technology implementation is the introduction of new technologies to either an existing organization, or to a larger community, such as a type of business. In this essay, I will define technology implementation, and discuss some specific scenarios where technology implementation can occur. I will then discuss some problems with the definition of technology itself, and go on to outline the processes required to implement technology to organizations, and the greater community. Further, I will finish this essay by discussing the potential problems that may be encountered during technology implementation.
In practice, technology implementation refers to the introduction of new technologies to either an existing organization, or to a larger community, such as a type of business. Technology implementation can refer to the process a school would undergo in order to introduce computers into the classroom. Further, technology implementation can refer to the process required to introduce a new technology to…… [Read More]
New Face of War
According to Bruce Berkowitz, a senior RAND analyst and United States Defense Department and Intelligence consultant, the new paradigm of war involves a curious combination of stealth, secrecy, and above all, information technology. How the world's military powers choose to utilize and capitalize on existing and emerging technologies will be the key to determining the victors in future warfare. In Berkowitz's 2003 publication entitled, The New Face of War: How War will the Fought in the 21st Century, the author analyses past instances of both successful and unsuccessful uses of information technology by military powers including but not limited to the United States. Showing how the world of intelligence has evolved from, as the author puts it, "Sumerians ... preserving their beer recipes on clay cuneiform tablets," to the types of advanced digital technologies that permit covert communications between terrorist cell networks, Berkowitz presents a clear…… [Read More]
New Ways of Workplace Development and Innovation by Using Work Technology
This work in writing proposes a research study on technology in terms of its impact on workplace development and workplace innovation.
The work of Meckl (2008) states that innovation system theory "indicates a transition from individual study to systematic research. The innovation system theory combines the dynamic and complexity of innovation. According to this theory, technological innovation interacts with institutional innovation, and the key factors in this system include knowledge, learning, and ability." (p.134) Meckl (2008) states that the entrepreneur is "a core factor in a firm's technological innovation and competitiveness; it is a necessity in technological innovation." Additionally reported in the work of Meckl is that in practice "not only a firm is embedded in the social structure as an organization, but also the entrepreneurs' innovation activities are socially embedded." (Meckl, 2008)
According to Meckl (2008) the technological…… [Read More]
New Parking Technology for the City of Melbourne
Citizens of Melbourne, Australia have recognized for years that parking in a crowded lot or garage is constantly a pain and often consist of driving around in circles for an hour irritating in finding that one open spot that will make their day. Then when they think they have found there spot, they get there and see that it's taken by a small vehicle that they were not able too see way down the lane. Melbourne thought it would be nice if there was an app or system that directed the citizens to an open spot without all the guesswork. Melbourne has come up with a new hassle-free parking system called "ParkiT," (Houston, 2011) that not merely lets parking attendants recognize where open spots are, but then again can likewise ready drivers to open places by means of digital emblems or a…… [Read More]