Technology, a term that encompasses all the devices we use to make our lives easier and better, has greatly changed the world. It’s not only responsible for the great industrial revolutions; it also made possible advances in agriculture, sanitation, preventive medicine, and transportation, and helped us become interdependent with communities worldwide. But technology has had negative effects, too. It can disrupt social hierarchies, cause pollution, and harm individuals and groups.
To make technology work, many things have to go right. To start, there has to be a desire and a need for it. People have to be willing to use it and pay for it, even if there are risks involved. Then, they have to have access to the materials, energy sources, skills and knowledge required to build and operate it.
Lastly, it has to be able to communicate with other technology to do what it needs to do. This is why information technology (IT) is such an important part of modern life. It provides the backbone of how we transfer and manage data, making it possible to store and retrieve information quickly.
In addition to this, IT allows for open lines of communication between teachers and students. For example, learning platforms such as PowerSchool allow teachers to post assignments and provide feedback on student work in a timely manner. Educational apps such as Kahoot allow students to review class materials and participate in class discussions while protecting their identities with anonymous user names.