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Life in the Information Age

Objectives

  • To use a range of sources to gather relevant information about how ICT affects different aspects of people's lives.
  • To present a description of how ICT is affecting different aspects of people's lives.
  • To identify and analyse the benefits and drawbacks if life with ICT in the information age.

Your Task

You must choose five aspects of life in the information age and research them.  Here are some ideas:

  • Working Styles e.g.
    • Use of Word Processors and Spreadsheet applications
    • Surveillance of employees
    • Teleworking
    • Mobility ( working on the move ) e.g. what services do hotels offer to business customers
  • Communication e.g.
    • Mobile phones
    • Smart phones
    • Email
    • Social networking sites
    • IM
    • Skype
  • Education e.g.
    • Teaching and learning methods
    • IT as a subject
  • Entertainment and Leisure e.g.
    • Music
    • Films
    • Games
  • Banking and Shopping e.g.
    • Online banking
    • Online shopping
    • Impact on the high street
    • Use of techology in shops e.g. EFTPOS, barcodes, stock control
    • Overseas call centres and processing centres
  • Decision Making e.g.
    • Loan companies / credit scoring
    • Deciding on services - booking holidays, Compare The Market, Go Compare
    • Customer reviews e.g. eBay, Amazon
    • Computer simulations
  • Employment Opportunities e.g.
    • Jobs within IT Industry
    • Online recruitment
    • Job Websites e.g. Monster.com, 
  • Crime and Crime Prevention e.g
    • The criminal records bureau (CRB)
    • CCTV
    • ID cards and passports
    • Identity theft
    • Phishing
  • Civil Rights e.g.
    • Huge databases
    • Government departments exchanging data
    • Errors
  • Legislation e.g.
Record every source of information in your bibliography and make sure you use a wide range of different sources.
Describe how ICT affects these five aspects of life in the early 21st century.  
Remember your audience.  
Use your sources.  
Try to give a real feel for how ICT is affecting our personal, social and professional lives.
Describe benefits and drawbacks of the impact of ICT in these areas.  Aim to give a clear and balanced picture.
Make some concluding comments about the impact of ICT on life in the information age.

Supporting Activities

These tasks are not assessed but will give you material that you can use in your report.

Hurricane Sandy

Organising Head Teachers

The end of money?

Japan Earthquake


The Virtual Revolution

Earlier this year the BBC broadcast a series of four programmes looking at the history of the internet and it's impact on society. Episodes 1 and 2 are online:-


We will be watching episodes 3 and 4 in class.

Shift Happens

There are various versions of this video available on YouTube:-

YouTube Video




Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky has written and given numerous presentations on the impact of ICT on society. Here are two of his presentations:

Impact of Social Media

YouTube Video


Cognitive surplus


Here are a couple of books he has written ( remember for the top mark band you need a wide range of sources, including non internet sources )

  • Here Comes Everyone ( The power of organizing without organisations ), Allen Lane, 2008
  • Cognitive Surplus ( Creativity and generousity in a connected age ), Allen Lane, 2010

6th Sense

Here is a video about technology which is already in development:-

YouTube Video



Games Consoles

This is a video about a new xbox games console which will be available shortly:-

YouTube Video


Other Books

Wikinomics ( how mass collaboration changes everything ), Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, Atlantic Books, 2007
Everything is Miscellaneous ( The power of the new digital disorder ), David Weinberger, Times Books, 2007
Causewired, Tom Watson, John Wiley and Sons Inc, 2009

 Mark Band b

Mark Band 1

Mark Band 2

Mark Band 3

The learner:

uses a limited range of sources to gather some relevant information about how ICT affects different aspects of people’s lives, but needs extensive prompting

gives a brief description of how ICT is affecting at least five different aspects of people’s lives

identifies some benefits and drawbacks, but not sufficient to give a clear picture of life overall in the Information Age.

(0–5)

The learner:

uses a range of sources to gather relevant information, needing only limited prompting

gives a detailed description — supported by examples — of how ICT is affecting at least five different aspects of people’s lives

describes some benefits and drawbacks, giving an indication of life overall in the Information Age.

 

(6–8)

The learner:

uses a wide range of sources to gather relevant information, independently

gives a comprehensive description — supported by a range of well chosen examples — of how ICT is affecting at least five different aspects of people’s lives

analyses the benefits and drawbacks, giving a clear and balanced picture of life overall in the Information Age.

 (9–10)



Examiners Reports

Weaker candidates still describe the technology again or review the technology with little or no reference to the impact on life.

It is also essential that in this section candidates use research from a range of sources and not just the internet as is often the case.

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Donna Hay,
6 Oct 2010, 06:37
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