Assignment 2: Responding to Technology Discussion
To those who transported goods with arms and legs, the
wheel appeared to be high technology at one point in time. Today,
technology is all around us—and we need to learn how to use the new
technologies in ways that make our tasks easier. For this class, we will
focus on digital information technologies we use for school and daily
Considering how different people use and respond to technology, answer the following questions:
- Describe how you use information in your daily life.
Specifically, how do you use technology in your communications, whether
at work, home, or school?
- How has the World Wide Web and accompanying
technologies (cell phones, e-mail, social media, etc.) changed the way
society works with, handles, and interprets information?
- Does computer ownership affect your ability to communicate?
Consider the following when answering:
- What is an operating system? What operating system
is on your computer? (To answer this question, search for “operating
systems” on the Internet. Based on the information that is displayed on
the screen, identify which operating system is on your computer.)
- What is RAM? How much RAM do you have on your
computer? (To answer this question, search for “system properties”
within your computer system; this will tell you how much RAM you have in
your system.) Can you update your RAM on the computer you have? (To
find out this information, you can do either of the following:
- Visit the website of the company that made your computer and search for this information.
- Call a local store that sells computers and tell
the executives there that you want to upgrade your RAM and you want to
know if it is possible with the computer system you have.)
- What is software? What software packages do you have
on your computer that will help you with college? (To find out about
this, you can call a local store that sells computers and ask them to
assist you in finding this answer. You can also look at the “Programs”
or “All Programs” folder on your computer and list out the programs you
You will need to do research outside of this course to
justify, support, and expand on your response. Since we do not cover APA
format until Module 2, you do not need to use any
specific citation format, but you must identify where you found any
information you use in your response. Use any format or style you wish
for your citations.
Your initial response should be at least 150 words. Post two
follow-ups by responding to other students. Each of your follow-up
responses should be at least 50 words.
By Saturday, March 1, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area.
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded
using a rubric. The purpose of the discussion rubric is to frame and
promote collaborative learning. Active and regular participation is not
only important for the instructor, but also important for you in
learning the course content and in developing your thoughts and
positions on various topics. Download the discussion rubric and
carefully read it to understand the expectations.
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
|Initial Discussion Response
|Writing Craftsmanship and Ethical Scholarship