Thursday, 21 May 2015

Communications Technology Essay Assignment 1

Assignment 1                                  Communications Technology     Level 5 5NO690


·         Write an essay displaying an awareness of current and relevant issues, such as discussion of the uses, advantages/disadvantages and impact of CT.  Discuss how CT affects us both in our personal and professional lives. What legislation is there which involves Health and safety and Communication?
Assessment Criteria:
·         Extensive summary of aspects of communications technology, with clear understanding of impact on both private and public life. (4)
     Knowledge of current issues and developments in Communications and Information technology (4)
       Understanding of relevant Health & Safety & Communications legislation  (2)

             Did You Know? Shift Happens, 2014 remix   

                                       Published on Jul 6, 2014 by kscottmba
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Did You Know 2014

                          Published on Feb 25, 2014 by mesjms



                                     Social Media Stats Ireland - June 2011 

 Uploaded by on 30 May 2011

A Day in the Life of Social Media 

 Uploaded by on 22 Sep 2010

How is social media changing how we communicate?
What are the potential advantages of social media for the individual and for business?
What are the disadvantages of social media for the individual and for business

     Here are some videos which look at how dependent we have got with social media and technological advances

                          Look Up

                           Published on Apr 25, 2014 by Gary Turk

                        I Forgot My Phone  
                       Published on Aug 22, 2013 by charstarleneTV

                                     Have a look at this opinion piece by clicking the link. Are we paying
                                     more attention to our phones than the people in front of us? Do you 
                                     agree or disagree?

Youtube Video Technology by
Uploaded by on 16 Jul 2009
Youtube Video Technology and the Family 
Uploaded by on 20 Oct 2007

Here is a video on social media stats for Ireland.
Co-founder of the internet Robert Kahn is one of the guests in this video clip which look at the impact of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) on society today. Although it is 18 mins long, it is a great video for discussing some key points about communication technology's effect on our personal and business lives. Issues such as security, the increase in social media, the adoption of the internet in developing countries, cyber-terrorism and security, the impact of dial-up to broadband, electronic mobile devices, the growing Apps market, mobile creditcard transaction machines like Square, as well as how climate change is affected.
Youtube Video ICTs for a better future (18 mins)
Uploaded by on 1 Nov 2010

You may also find this other 20 minute documentary useful about some of the more likely technological changes of the future and what effect that can have on society. The documentary looks at the past, present and future of connectivity, as well as key personnel from Flickr, Wired UK and Soundcloud discussing the emerging trends and opportunities as the new networked society develops.

Networked Society 'On the Brink'

Uploaded by on Nov 3, 2011

Social media is a more recent development in the evolvement of communications technology. Everyone from business to your friends, is empowered through the use of blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites to reach wider audiences. Here is a short video below explaining the phenomenon and potential of social media.

How is technology creating a borderless method of business?
What are the new emerging business models?
What do you think the documentary means by the "dumb society"?
How is communications technology creating an increasingly interconnected world?

Here is a video that I made for this blog highlighting how advances in communications technology are allowing social media, I.T. and cloud computing industries to create jobs for Ireland.

Ireland 2012 - A Gamechanger

Directed and edited by Marcus Howard, Communications lecturer in O'Fiaich College and owner of   

Uploaded by on 9 Mar 2012


Some statistics about the growth in the medical technology sector in Ireland can be seen in the video below

Ireland - medical technology - by the numbers

 Uploaded by on 10 Nov 2011



How are videogames changing people's lives?
How important is technology for Ireland's future?

2010: Year of the iPad

Uploaded by  on Mar 2, 2011

Ipad Helps the Autistic Speak

 Uploaded by on 8 Feb 2011

How is mobile technology such as the iPad shaping our lives?
What are the benefits of mobile tablets like the iPad?

3D Printers

3D printers print ten houses in 24 hours
                                                             Published on Apr 16, 2014 by China View

                               Technology and the News
We are seeing shifts away from how we consume traditional news. Less people are watching news on traditional television sets. Many televisions are now smart screens or are hooked up to the internet. Many people are interacting with news stories such as where people are shaping opinion in the comments sections.

Often people are further exploring stories by conducting their own research on Google or Youtube or by following blogs. Modern day wars are often using social media to transmit messages which may not otherwise be seen eg. the Israel Palestine conflict, Iraq etc

Websites such as Wikileaks have explored areas where traditional news had feared to go. People are questioning traditional news sources more as they get access to instant information.

Is there a disadvantage to this?

Can you think of any examples of how news is being changed or even shaped by technology?

Technology and the Future
Here is a Ted talk video below by Patties Maes demonstrating the newest version of 6th sense technology. If you have seen the film Minority Report with Tom Cruise you may be surprised at how fast technology has developed towards making the technology used in the film a reality. The technology you see below allows users to interact with their environment in a more profound way.

Pattie Maes: Unveiling game-changing wearable tech

Uploaded by  on Mar 10, 2009

Microsoft's Concept of How 2019 Will Look Like - Official Video

Uploaded by  on Oct 27, 2011

Here is an interesting video interviewing a variety of people about their thoughts regarding the future of technology.

What is the future of communications?

Uploaded by  on Apr 28, 2011

Holographic TV coming in 2012

Uploaded by  on Jul 2, 2011

Here is a promotional video for Google Glasses. No longer are laptops required however how do you feel this will infringe on people's privacy?
Google Glasses Project
Published on May 7, 2012 by Huzaifah Bhutto

The advance of robotics is moving at a rapid pace. While also making our lives easier advances in technology are also threatening traditional jobs. What was once seen as simply belonging in a sci-fi movie is fast becoming a reality.
Google's 5 Bets on the Future: Robots and Sensors  

Published on Jan 14, 2014 by Bloomberg News  
How is technology predicted to evolve to help shape our future?
Is technology having too much of an influence over our lives?


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