Technology : The Extreme Sophistication Of Modern Technology

1597 Words Aug 20th, 2014 7 Pages
“The extreme sophistication of modern technology - wonderful though its benefits are - is, ironically, an impediment to engaging young people with basics: with learning how things work” (Rees 2011, para. 10). This quote resonates with how different society has become over the past 25 years. More and more Information Technology (IT) has found a way into the lives of people and has helped to make them more productive. IT has delivered significant benefits to society by making tasks easier, saving time, and helping to advance skills. However, if IT is not deployed properly, they can hinder skills or cause harm by hindering literacy skills, hamper critical thinking and impairing communication. IT benefits players in terms of advances literacy skills, improves critical thinking and enhances communication, but it also negatively impacts on these skills if not used appropriately. Literacy is a basic skill and is needed to survive in society so it is imperative to employ IT to enhance it. The rise of mobile devices enables people to read virtually everywhere (Richardson Jr & Mahmood, 2012), which might to get people to read more. In fact, eBooks proved to be helpful in motivating and exciting struggling as well as advanced readers (Taylor, 2012). This means that they created an environment in which children wanted to read which helped them to improve their skills. Inbuilt dictionaries are another feature of eBooks has the potential to improve literacy skills in children (Brezicki,…

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