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The technology boom that commence in the late 20th century and is now integrated as part of society in the 21st century introducing many important tools for communication, entertainment and productivity. These developments such as the radio,tv ,computers, and smartphones placed a significant amount of information and communication into our fingertips and is part of our lives now. “It is important to know the role technology plays in modern society,” without it society will not be as advanced as it is today. Most of the jobs perform in America today requires the skill of knowing how to use a form of technology. Most job rely on technology rather than labor or manual work, and a growing number of people are seen working in offices with their computers, rather than construction sites or in factories. The U.S department of labor predicted that service jobs will rise, while manufacturing, manual labor, and construction jobs will decline. It is important that children embrace technology, especially technology that focuses on communication.   The numerous amount of technology available for youth today provide important teaching opportunities. With an overload of information, kids don’t necessarily need to be taught survival and wilderness skill. They can easily find the news and information they need through the media. Digital technology rapidly scales the technological world, which allows the flowering of creativity and innovation, “Technological change is driven by human creativity, and in turn provides new contexts and tools for creative output.” Daniel Pink stated as society becomes more advanced the “left-brain” which is more logical is not going to be as important as the “right brain” which is the more creative side. With this innovation of technology, it allows us to create content, rather than summarize and repeat it. A good example of this is youtube. Many people who have difficulty in subjects can watch certain tutors on youtube to help them with their struggle. The audience then could speak back to the creator, if they agree or if they don’t understand. Individual can also follow their interest more easily online given to the wide access to resource and information. With this in mind, there are some solutions to help enhance creativity for society. The first step is to reduce the use of technology and allow people to daydream, write, exercise, and hangout with friends. Media can influence how people feel, which is why it is important to start practicing good habits at a young age so that people in general won’t have emotional or physical problems. With the overuse of technology it could cause obesity, sleep problems, risky behaviors, and cyberbullying. A good way to prevent this from happening is to spend some time outside by going on a walk, playing sports, and socializing without the phones. Another way to enhance creativity is using technology to help you rather than using for leisure. It is tempting to say that technology has made us more creative, but it is obvious that technology has transformed human beings. With the ability to have technology in the palm of your hand, it allows students in the classroom to be creative. Many professors and teachers are using technology to help students get creative. They can ask students “to step out their comfort zone and produce their own piece of media, we are asking students to be creative, to think in a variety of ways, and to apply their learning through the use of technology”. It allows students in the STEM project to be more creative than ever. Students have the chance to build virtual models of their devices. Technology is also advancing growth in the gaming industry with accessible games to solutions of every-day problems. Lastly, students in higher education are able to share their creative work to students who need help through social media so that everyone could benefit. If technology is overused and becomes more of an addiction rather than a habit or hobby, it could cause creativity to be limited. However, if it use for a purpose such as school or balanced throughout your everyday life, technology is not a bad tool and could help enhance your imagination. Here’s a link to my hypothesis. Accepting Technology by Christopher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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The article shows the role of technology in daily life. How it is used now almost in everything and the demand it has on the working environment. This article says that children should be made to like the technology that helps in communication. There are now a vast of teaching technologies that are available for learners to use. “Technological change is driven by human creativity, and in turn provides new contexts and tools for creative output”. The article emphasizes the importance of not abusing technology but using the tools appropriately and for gaining knowledge. If this is not done then accepting technology would be a waste.
 
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Factors Behind E-learning and Online Training Effectiveness

Factors Behind E-learning and Online Training Effectiveness Enterprises believe that training for employees is so vital and helps the company to succeed. But, because training in the classic form is costly, organizations turn to online training for the various benefits it offers including money save, time and place flexibility. Yet, there are always wonders of the effectiveness of online training programs in comparison to face to face and classroom based learning. Effectiveness of e-learning has been subject to academic research for years, and a lot of studies have tackled this subject. In this context, a recently published study has gone this direction and investigated factors that influence effectiveness of online training. This study is conducted by a group of researchers from University of Sousse, and University of Manouba, Tunisia and published in this international journal IBIMA Business Review. This empirical study has been conducted on a sample of 410 Tunisian employees of 9 enterprises. To evaluate how effective is an online training program, researchers made their investigation based on what they referred to as five theories: “motivation theory, social cognitive theory, media richness theory, technology acceptance theory and structure theory.” To measure effectiveness of e-learning, researchers studied several “factors that explain learning performance and transfer performance” that include “motivation, self efficacy, contents of training, face to face meeting, e-mail exchange, easy of use, senior’s support, and continuous learning culture”. Motivation Researchers noticed that even though “motivation influences learning performance”, but it is “not a relatively important variable”. They explained that employees can show motivation at the beginning to enroll in a training program just out of “curiosity or to point out themselves (image of oneself)”. But, later on “learning motivation can decrease little by little with the advance of training sessions.” So, researchers explained that motivation has no importance in transfer performance, meaning that “the use of newly knowledge at work is not explained by the employees’ motivation but rather by the need to apply new knowledge, skills and behaviors for the performance of the required tasks.” Self efficacy Instead, researchers that self efficacy is important for transfer of performance. They stated that “trainees who believe more in their abilities and aptitudes to use the computer tools to achieve the desired purpose will not be inevitably most likely to perform training tasks to become more operational for the use of newly knowledge and skills in the daily routines of job.” Content of training Among the other main factors that affect learning performance, researchers found “that training content constitute an important variable”. They also noticed that “task — related content affects negatively and weakly transfer performance.” Social interactivity Social interactivity is another main factor stressed on by the study. “The social interactivity between trainees and trainers exert a positive effect on the learning performance” researchers stated. Website’s ease of use Researchers stressed on the importance of website’s ease of use. They said that “the site’s ease of use affects positively learning performance. Consequently the higher online site is clear, comprehensible and convivial, fewer efforts are required for trainees and better it will tend to achieve learning performance.” Supervisor’s importance The importance of supervisors in learning performance is also noticed by researchers. Supervisors have an indirect effect on this performance as stated in the study “the supervisors’ support on transfer performance is an indirect effect carried out through the learning performance since the employees are obliged to use new knowledge, skills and behaviors to suitably carry out the missions requested by their supervisors.” Continuous learning Continuous learning culture is another factor investigated in the study, and though it “does not affect transfer performance”, but it “rather affects learning performance.” Researchers come to a conclusion that “the effect of learning performance on the transfer performance is significant.” And they finished that the all the results they found in the study “seem to be crucial for e-learning effectiveness since the relationship between the two dependent variables were checked.”
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The article provides feedback based on research that was done about how people perceive the use of technology. They found that motivation was based on applying knowledge, skills and behaviors for how individuals perform. Therefore e-learning was found to be significant for people but people lack motivation and self efficacy
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