Information technology started becoming a part of my life back in the late seventies. Today it affects my life daily with some form of computer on every level from work, personal and school.
As an administrative assistant, computers are a major part of my job. I use mostly Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook for email. I use computers at work to update client information, access Medicaid eligibility, schedule appointments, make paperwork for workers and e-mail them daily so they can do their jobs out in the field.
I also use computers, I-pad, kindle, and cell phone in my personal life to talk with family, play games, read books, check my bank accounts, help oldest son with school work, help my youngest start talking, and file my taxes. This is one part of my life that I am not all proud of. I feel that technology has taken away a lot of important aspects of the social life. Yes it makes it easier when family and friends are so far away, but there lies the problem. It’s so easy to hurt other people and not truly see how they are affected. Of course that is my opinion.
During my study time I use the computer to access student portal to check my grades, access the library, read homework chapters, answer discussion questions, work on quizzes and turn in homework assignments.
Everything around us anymore requires accessing some form of computing device from cars, airplanes, cash registers, ATM machines and the list goes on and on (Bowles,M.D.2013 chap. 1 1.2). So I will continue using old and new products that are developed to help with my daily life over the years because truly no matter if I like it or not, it’s not going anywhere.
1. Bowles, M. D. (2013). Introduction to Digital Literacy. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.