The Strategic Uses of Technology


In modern society, the use of technology is becoming more prominent in offices, schools, recreation, and even in our own homes. The reach of technology encompasses almost every aspect of human life besides the parts of the world that are less westernized.

Almost every household contains iPads, phones, laptops, TVs, and many additional handheld electronics. One shared commonality between these objects is their capability to access the Internet. The Internet can be useful depending on your approach to it. It has countless resources and it takes an experienced websurfer to unlock the true potential of the web. However, there are a number of resources readily available to those less experienced.

For creating documents, manuscripts, and any form of writing, there are free websites such as Google Docs which allow for this to be done. For the more mathematical scenarios, such as creating a budget, there are also free online Microsoft Excel-like websites.

If you have children, sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to teach them things by hand. A great alternative is using things such as pre-recorded videos or games in order to educate them. The best part about incorporating this type of e-learning is that children love technology. As easily seen in this day and age, children and even adults are able to use sources such as Youtube, Hooked on Phonics, ebooks, and a variety of other educational platforms to find and absorb data.

E-learning has become a common type of method used to educate students in school as well. Crash course videos are used in high school classes and websites such as Pearson My Lab and Mastering are used to assist in teaching subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, physics.

In a business scenario, technology is used excessively and, in many cases, it is taking over certain jobs. With that being said, in order for this to work, there must be someone behind the wheel and controlling all of the processes that go along with doing said job. It could be a new worker or even an experienced one; everyone needs assistance or even a little reminder of how to use certain devices once in a while.

It is a good idea to keep user manuals and employee handbooks close by in business settings. However, the process of creating these documents can be a bit hectic without the assistance of help authoring tools. It is always an excellent idea to use these tools when attempting to create these documents by hand.

Device management is an imperative part of every job and in order to ensure safety and proficiency, it is wise to keep proper documentation nearby in the case of an emergency. On the other hand, guidebooks are not only useful to operate devices, but they are also useful to maintain proper workplace etiquette. All employees are expected to know and comprehend the tasks and responsibilities that are provided.

By keeping an employee handbook nearby, superiors and even coworkers can cite and assist in enforcing company rules and ethics. A guidebook can be useful in a variety of situations as stated previously. From large scale tasks to simple codes of conduct, business professionals should always strive to maintain standards and the only way to ensure that this gets done is by keeping the literature handy.

In a technology-driven world, actual books and guides still maintain their values due to their practicality. The limitations of technology allow for the survival of these paper documents because they do not run on batteries and can function without a stable Internet connection. For instance, when cooking, it is more convenient to read from an illustrated guidebook rather than using a phone because one’s hands may be a bit dirty from the ingredients and it is not a good idea to keep electronics around while cooking.

Also, reference books still hold their value due to the ease of finding information from them. Instead of reading through the book or scrolling all the way through a website for that matter, an index in the reference book leads you directly to the information you desire. Reading a book does not put as much of a strain on the eyes as watching an illuminated screen with small letters.