Use of Technology Assignment Instruction
Computers are everywhere these days. They are in our refrigerators, automobiles, backpacks,
and even integrated into our clothes. With such ubiquity, it is easy to take them for granted, or
to forget that they are even there.
They are used in so many different ways. We look up information on the World Wide Web. We
use them to get the definitions of words we don’t know. We use them to find our way around a
city or get directions. But with their continued use, many skills that were considered important
just a few years ago, are being forgotten. How recently have you used an encyclopedia off a
library shelf, or looked up a word in a dictionary (the book version – NOT an online dictionary)?
When was the last time you used a map? (“I’ll always have my phone with me, why should I
learn to read a map, or remember Aunt Bertha’s address?”)
Consider how much you depend upon technology, and pick two specific items or services that
you usually take for granted. Write a few paragraphs (~400 words total) about how you use
those technologies, and describe how much control you have over each regarding their usage
and whether you are in charge of the on/off switch. Then write an additional 400 words
describing how the sudden loss of those technologies will affect you. What would you do to
cope? Will you be able to survive? Then come to a conclusion on how necessary it would be to
remember the “old ways to do things” vs. exclusively depending on or using the new
Total length for the paper must be 1000 words or more.
This paper does not require research. However, you should put a lot of thought into your
analysis and details of your personal experiences. Papers that show little effort or shallow
analysis considering the issues will not receive full credit.