If I had to describe technology in one word in 2006, it would be simple. Something like a white box. This white box flipped open to view the low-resolution screen and 4 buttons encased inside. It held a black cartridge being the game, and its battery life was under an hour. The Gameboy Color was the first piece of technology I remember receiving. I got it when I was 4 years old as a birthday present. This white box traveled with me wherever I went. I don’t remember what games I played, or who I played with, but I remember how I felt when I lost that white box. These moments made technology the worst and the best in many ways.
Technology changes the way that we humans look at everyday objects and things. Our perspective is changed with phones, laptops, and even something as simple as a pencil. Technology is an object or device created for ease of access and to make our lives easier; something mechanical. This is how my English teacher describes it. This gives me the perspective that something as simple as a pencil can be considered technology and change our lives in so many ways. A pencil can help the children in Africa who can barely get by, thrive in their learning. People are starting to take technology and turn student’s learning into something more. According to David Raths in his article, “Augmented and Virtual Reality: Where Is the Educational Value?”, From The Journal “In the Methacton School District in a Philadelphia suburb, a high school oceanography class recently visited the Great Barrier Reef, while a Spanish class traveled to cities in Spain and Mexico. The students and their teachers were taking part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program to test out a virtual reality (VR) platform built for the classroom using Google Cardboard, which requires only a smartphone, an inexpensive cardboard phone holder, and an accompanying app.” (Raths). Students have a hands-on experience that they never had before. They get to see if for themselves. When their head moves, the picture moves with it. Studies show that only 26 percent of students hit the college readiness benchmarks in Iowa (Education Week). Google cardboard can help the students get a hands-on experience and learn more.
Google Cardboard Holds a Phone, Displaying an Image Through the 2 Lenses.
All Students learn in different ways. Some like to listen to lectures from the teacher or professor, others like hands-on experiences such as Google cardboard. I think giving that experience to students is going to up that percentage because they want to focus and learn more. Some students don’t have the attention span which brings down that number significantly. As for us students in Staples High School, we have these advantages. We have Smart Boards and top of the line Macbook Pros for our convenience. This is something we may take for granted, and not do our work when we are supposed to. Teachers can use virtual reality to convey a message to students. In history, Students can see how World War I was through their eyes, and not just through pictures. In math, they can use technology to play games, and virtual reality to make solving math problems fun. I myself have a virtual reality headset, and believe that it’s realism can change the way a school or a workplace operates. Chris Milk has come out with ways to take an address through Google Maps and turn it into a presentation based on your childhood. It includes videos of children that mimic your movements through a camera and pictures of things around your hometown. This is an automated presentation which benefits the human beings (TED). These experiences are what makes technology the greatest innovation known to mankind.
Chris Milk Changing the Technology Industry With His Virtual Reality Camera
The perspective of technology is changed when it starts to affect the things in life that are more important. In the most recent election, it has been said that Russian hackers have helped Donald Trump win the overall vote. This being said technology can be abused in ways that we never thought of. A Presidential Election is prestigious, and when someone takes advantage of this system, people all over the world aren’t happy. “They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks.” (The New York Times). Being only 14, I don’t have much experience with the United States Presidential Election. But I do know this is wrong. The President of the US is the most powerful man or woman in the world and should not be taken lightly. I believe that a man who tries to hack this system should not be our president. Although this can all be solved by taking technology out of the bigger picture, it has to stay because of the pro’s and not necessarily the cons.
Social media influences people all around the world. Families and friends stay connected, people stay in the loop with the latest news, and social media plays a big part in getting a message across to the people. Twitter created the “Black Lives Matter” campaign to help stop the segregation against black men and women. Without this social media platform, this campaign may have never started. “The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag appeared an average of 58,747 times per day. However, the use of the hashtag increased dramatically three months later when on November 25, the day after a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict the officer involved in Brown’s death, the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag appeared 172,772 times. During the subsequent three weeks, the hashtag was used 1.7 million times.” (Pew Internet).
Citizen's Stand Behind the Campaign to Stick up for the Rights of American People
For Christmas last year, My parents got me a hoverboard. This hoverboard is a segway with no handle, and you move by leaning your body. It becomes second nature for lots of people, as it has for me. These “Hoverboards” cost anywhere from $150 - $500. The cheap ones are made in China and have a tendency to catch on fire. This is a hazard for lots of people because houses are catching on fire, ultimately putting more and more people at risk. They are now banned on airlines and in lots of local malls. New York City has also put a ban on this new phenomenon, but no one really enforced it. They explode because they hold big lithium-ion batteries that overheat and explode. Over time, companies have found ways to get these time ticking bombs to defuse automatically and not explode. Other factors of danger still remain. Falling off, steep hills, traffic accidents. These are all common dangers to keep in mind when on a form of manual transportation such as a bike or skateboard.
These Newfangled Hoverboards are Used All Over the World by People of All Ages.
Technology is innovative. Meaning, it has the ability to adapt and change through people and time. Over time, technology improves dramatically. From the first pencil, to the first computer, it is always innovating. Technology can be changed by anyone. If you have the skills, you can create something. A line of code, a mechanical device, or just something that makes your life easier. By creating something, everyone comes together to connect and learn from each other's experience, and makes this world a better place.