Globalization: Information Technology Forever Advancing!

Information technology has made our world a better place in so many ways. Many fields and schools are taking advantage of the changing world and truly benefiting from information technology. Take the health care industry for example, information technology is dramatically changing the face of the health care world. Records are now available in digit form. This advancement has made it easier for information to be shared not only within the office but around the world with other doctors and specialist. A wonderful example of how technology was used was with the outbreak of Ebola. Using internet connections allowed doctors to work remotely during the outbreak. In northern Uganda doctors were able to transfer their findings to the WHO to share their findings that otherwise would of never made it (www.globalization101.org).

Another wonderful aspect in technology is with mobile technology.  John Hopkins now has mobile accessibility to doctors and advice for those that are in areas that do not have the resources (www.globalization101.org). Technology advancements in health care are many and can only help improve the overall goal. These advancements will help better take care of our patients and find results faster and lead to finding a cure faster.

Technology can also play a huge role when it comes to helping health officials do their jobs. Health officials can use technology to their advantage to get a better hold on the spread of disease. As mentioned earlier being able to connect all around the world with other doctors and reach lab results during epidemics and so forth helps manage the spread of diseases. They are able to go onto the internet and search the WHO to see trends, places of greater outbreak and come up with plans for local areas. Disease prevention programs are important and a lot of the success has to do with being able to reach the communities so they better know how to protect themselves. Health officials can go online and see what vaccinations are recommended for certain areas and better protect individuals.

Technology is also advancing when it comes to the classroom. Opening up opportunities to all to gain and education even in remote areas. Reports show that distance educations is a wonderful tool that is mainly being utilized in The United States. Reports have shown that students feel more accomplished and makes the learning more student focused. Technology has a positive impact on education, allowing students to work at their own pace (www.globalization10.org/education). Research shows that distance learning has helped students with their self-esteem with the results of better grades. Countries that can really benefit from these programs are not only the U.S. but place that are remote. Areas that have less access to education or programs that are not offered in their areas. Countries like Mexico, Thailand, Columbia and the Ukraine are a few examples of areas that are in more need. Norway and New Zealand have implemented a class in digital diversity to better prepare their students. All countries can benefit from distance learning and information technology. Benefits are seen around the world, but access for those that don’t have access truly benefit.


Nicaragua and Information Technology

Nicaragua is one place that is taking advantage of the advances in information technology. One way they are doing this is by posting advisories on websites to let travelers know health concerns and vaccinations that are needed to travel to Nicaragua. Nicaragua also has a website that allows people to located doctors. There are currently projects going on in Nicaragua for medical technology innovation. MIT and the CIES and CARE Nicaragua are aiming to close the gap in medical technology innovations. The project will produce easily deployable biomedical training kits to allow state-of-the-art biomedical techniques to reach the poor in Nicaragua (www.iadb.org). Mobile health information will also be available. This is being held as an educational project, training health care worker and students in Nicaragua. These advances will help the poor in Nicaragua be able to have the same access to health care, saving many lives.

With regards to education, Nicaragua is doing a project similar to what Obama is trying to do with the laptops. Since 2009 over 30,000 students have received free XO computers. This allows students to attend school with more than pencils and notebooks (blog.laptop.org). The computers given out are specifically designed to enhance learning.  There are many educational programs and activities available on the XO computers.  The goal is to expand public access to the internet and transform education (blog.laptop.org). According to research this project has helped keep kids in the classroom and stay in school. There are plenty more advances that Nicaragua would like to carry out in the future. Nicaragua is taking big steps to increase their children’s educational success and with the advance of information technology this is obtainable.


Citations

Technology. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from http://www.globalization101.org/category/issues-  in-  depth/technology/

Education. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from http://www.globalization101.org/education/

Health Care. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from http://www.globalization101.org/health-care/

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One Laptop per Child. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from http://blog.laptop.org/2013/08/14/nicaragua-free-    computers-for-30000-students/

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Brains Of Technology!

At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show there were thousands of featured latest technological creations.

I particularly was interested in the fitness products that were mentioned. There were however many products that were mentioned and that I found very interesting. Some of the products there include but are not limited to:

The Sony Smart Band: This product is a wearable wellness band. This product tracks fitness activity and timeline of your day. Music is available and can reference music that was listened to as different times of the day (www.ibtimes.com). These bands actively communicate with your Android devices. A very awesome feature is that you can bookmark specific events and times by simply double tapping the band (www.androidauthourity.com). This product is great because it combines multiple products in one.

There are many products that year that were mentioned in the fitness tracking department. Those fitness products are essentially the same thing, marketed by different companies.

Another product reviewed was the “Think Vision 28 touch screen smart monitor.” This product includes an Nvidia Tegra CPU, a 28-inch 4K display, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD and Android 4.4 KitKat (www.ibtimes.com). The multitouch display not only boasts a 3,840×2, 160-pixel resolution, it also doubles as an Android all-in-one device (www.cnet.com). The monitor is able to be tilted back to be flush with a surface which makes it more comfortable when using as an Android device.

In the gaming department the new revolution was the PlayStation Now.

PlayStation Now is a new streaming game service powered by Sony, allows for gameplay across several platforms. (www.ibtimes.com). Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music (www.playstation.com/playstation-now-streaming-game-service.com).

There were so many products displayed in the 2014 show that were just phenomenal. I know that in the future there will continue to be advanced products and services. In particular I can’t wait to own one of the fitness product bands. The world of technology is forever changing and growing and in the end making our lives easier. I am thankful to the inventors and brains of technology.


Citations

PlayStation Now Streaming Game Service Coming this Summer. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from  http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/01/07/playstation-now-streaming-game-service-coming-this-summer/

Lenovo ThinkVision 28 Smart 4K Display Preview – CNET. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from    http://www.cnet.com/products/lenovo-thinkvision-28-smart-4k-display/

Sony SmartBand hands-on preview: Video and image gallery. (2014, January 13). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from  http://www.androidauthority.com/sony-smartband-hands-on-334652/

CES 2014 Review: Rundown Of Showcased Products From The Trade Show. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015, from http://www.ibtimes.com/ces-2014-review-rundown-showcased-products-trade-show-1540304

Technology: Making Our World A Better Place!

Everyone deserves the opportunity to use and benefit from technology. Not everyone can see and hear the same. Many apps are out there now that has opened up the doors for everyone to experience the internet. Google has come up with a few products and features to help those that are visually-impaired to use their smartphones. The current apps include:

Android Explore by Touch: Explore by Touch lets you move your finger over your device’s screen using spoken feedback.

Android OS: From hearing aid compatibility to a built-in screen reader

Google App: Search and navigate the web, open apps, get directions and more, all hands-free.

Google Hangouts: Invite a sign language interpreter to any Google+ Hangout.

Walky-talky: Walky-talky is a hands-free navigation tool that helps you know your current location while walking.

No one is left in the dark with technology now a days. I feel that it is wonderful that there is equal opportunity for everyone to use technology. As technology evolves daily you can expect to see lots more on the up raise to fit everyone’s needs.


Global Digital Divide: Like the OLPC project Obama is currently trying to close the digital divide gap. Obama at present is doing a program with low-cost broadband and computers for students and families. His concern is that over 1 million families do not have high-speed internet. The program is called the “Connect to Complete.” According to Obama, whether we’re talking about jobs, education, or health care, in this day and age, getting online is a necessity, not a convenience. A few products available will be:

New Low-Cost $9.95 Internet Broadband Internet

New Low-Cost Family PCs

Digital Literacy- free basic digital literacy training can be available

Obama feels that Broadband can be the great equalizer – giving every American with an Internet connection access to a world of new opportunities that might otherwise be beyond their reach. Studies have even found that students with a PC and broadband at home have six to eight percentage point higher graduation rates than similar student who don’t have home access to the Internet (www.fcc.gov).


Many companies offer a refurbish and recycle your electronics program. Dell, Sony and Toshiba are among the many companies that encourage reducing e-waste. Microsoft recommends a few ways in which we can lessen the amount of e-waste. First conserve electricity, unplug or recycle spare of extra appliances (www.microsoft.com/environment). Harvard has a few tips on minimizing e-waste:

Re-evaluate: do you really need extra devises.

Extend the life of your electronics: buy protective cases and don’t overcharge battery.

Donate used electronics to social programs:

Reuse large electronics:

Recycle electronics and batteries in e-waste recycling bins located around campus:  Large electronics can go in the larger bins found in your building.

(green.harvard.edu). There are many ways the local business try to minimize e-waste. We can all play our part and help take care of the environment and decrease e-waste.


Citations

Accessibility. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2015, from http://www.google.com/accessibility/all-products-features.html

Low-Cost Broadband and Computers for Students and Families. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2015, from  http://www.fcc.gov/blog/low-cost-broadband-and-computers-students-and-families

6 ways to minimize your e-waste. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2015, from http://green.harvard.edu/tools-resources/how/6-   ways-minimize-your-e-waste

Social Media Reflection

Arab Spring

The Arab Spring is defined a revolutionary wave of protests and demonstrations. This all started from a man trying to sell fruit without a permit. The man retaliated by lighting himself on fire. Within days protests started and having sparked the rebellion that brought down the Tunisian government and then spread to Egypt, Libya and beyond, it became known as the Arab Spring (www.npr.org).

Social media played a major role in this revolution. Six in ten social networks share their views about politics online. Social media was used to uncover corruption, mobilize for protests, and act as real watchdogs over the media and government (www.journalistresource.org) They effectively used of social media to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship (www.wikipedia.org/arab_spring). The social media played a big role in this revolution.


The issues that take place over social media and the things we place on it!

Lindsey Stone was fired over a picture she posted on her Facebook page. Many people wonder if this was a fair judgment from people who don’t even know her or the reason behind the photo. Lindsey apologized and people do make mistakes, however there are consequences to all our actions. It is a known fact that we all have to be careful of what we post on social media and people lose their jobs and opportunities everyday over it. As harsh as the overall outcome was for Lindsey, as adults we have to take responsibility for our actions even is the outcome is hard. The problem is too that people will remember this and her and it may even be hard to find another job.

The internet is a powerful thing and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I was always raised that once something is on the internet it can never truly be erased. Even now as an adult I am very careful with what social information and person information is available to the world. I know first hand people who have not received jobs because of bad photos or event on their social media. Just last year someone got dismissed in their last semester for a photo that the director saw on her Facebook. Even when you delete things one digital footprint is not gone and we never know who is watching. There are a few things we can all do to protect and manage our reputation.Chances are you already have an online reputation, even if you do not know it (www.microsoft.com). Forbes.com has four tips that will help:

1. Don’t forget your brand is every touch point: try not to say or do anything on social media that would poorly reflect on your personal brand. 

2.If you argue online you lose: fighting on social media never goes away. It will show up in search long after the incident happened.

3.Be polite and remember the golden rule: If you are consistently polite and considerate online, you won’t go far afield.

4.Remember that what happens online stays online: Unlike people the internet never forgets.

All in all think before you share, treat everyone like you would want to be treated and take charge of your professional reputation.


Citations

Sieczkowski, C. (n.d.). Lindsey Stone, Plymouth Woman, Takes Photo At Arlington National    Cemetery,Causes Facebook Fury. Retrieved January 17, 2015, from                http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/lindsey-stone-facebook-photo-arlington-national-  cemetery-unpaid-leave_n_2166842.html

The Arab Spring: A Year Of Revolution. (n.d.). Retrieved January 17, 2015, from        http://www.npr.org/2011/12/17/143897126/the-arab-spring-a-year-of-revolution

The Arab Spring and the Internet: Research roundup. (n.d.). Retrieved January 17, 2015,    from http://journalistsresource.org/studies/international/global-tech/research-arab-spring-  internet-key-studies

The New Social Media and the Arab Spring. (n.d.). Retrieved January 17, 2015, from    http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/Public/focus/essay0611_social_media.html

A Class Divided

On March 26, 1985 Mrs. Elliott knew she had to take racism into her own hands and demonstrate to her class what discrimination and racism meant. Mrs. Elliott felt that it was important to not only talk about it, but to demonstrate to her class how it felt to be discriminated. The experiment was brought on after J.K Kennedy was shot and she knew it was time to help. A video was made called “A Class Divided”. This video showed how Mrs. Elliott divided her class into blue eyes and brown eyes. Turns were taken making blue eyed kids to feel important and then brown eyes. One day Mrs.Elliott told the kids blue eye kids were less superior and dumb and the following day brown eye kids were. I thought that this was a wonderful demonstration. The children in the class really got to experience how it felt to be discriminated. This was a great example of ethnocentrism, they got to put themselves in the shoes of others(66,Bucher). It can be easy for someone to say they understand how someone feels to be discriminated but, if you have never experienced discrimination first hand you don’t truly know. Mrs. Elliott demonstrated to both blue eyed kids and brown eye kids how it felt to be made fun of, to be picked on, and felt like they were lesser people. After the experiment the kids said they truly understood and would never treat anyone that was different than them as different. The kids didn’t like the feeling of being made to like they were to be avoided. This was a wonderful experiment and demonstration to truly hit the point home.

The best part about the video was how the kids understood how it felt to be discriminated in the sense that they will never forget that experience. This experiment brought the class together and as adults they now are instilling the same qualities in their children. The part that I didn’t like was that the teacher left the children to go home feeling that the eye color of the day that was considered bad. It wasn’t until the next day that she told them that she was wrong. I fell like Mrs. Elliott could of told them before they went home that night instead of waiting till the next day. She later did the experiment on a group of adult but, within the same day and I feel like this way carried out better(Video).

What surprised me the most was how fast the children developed a dislike for the blue eyes or brown eye kids so badly. Kids that were their friends yesterday if the color was not what the teacher said was good they instantly picked on them even fought with them. This didn’t surprise me because kids are very influential. Kids tend to dislike who their parents like en less taught other wise. This video was great to watch and a month from now I will still remember how the children reacted when they were told that it was a demonstration of discrimination and they realized first hand that everyone is equal whether skin color, race, eyes, language.

Citations

Boucher, R. (2014). Diversity
Consciousness: Opening our minds to people, cultures, and opportunities (6 th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

Frontline [Motion picture]. A Class Divided (1985). PBS Video.

The American Dream

What does it mean to be an American? To be an American means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To me America represents freedom, women’s right and a fair justice system. America is also multicultural and very diversified country that allows people from other countries to live the american Dream and feel at home.

The reigning Miss America is a prime example of America’s diversity. Miss Kazantsev is an U.S citizen however, her parents are Russian immigrants (missamerica.org). In the Diversity Consciousness textbook it mentioned that racial and ethnic minorities now account for about a third of the U.S population (5, Bucher). Even though her race is Russian her culture, way of life and citizenship is American.

During my research on http://www.zipwho.com when comparing 21237 to 21090 there was a lot of information I learned. To my surprise Linthicum only had 9500 people compared to 25,352. The other thing I found surprising was to see how Rosedale was more culturally diverse. Linthicum only had 1% African Americans where as Rosedale had 15.4% and 20% more Caucasians were reported in Linthicum.

2050 demographics is expected to change. The U.S census expect demographics in 2050 to have an increase identifying themselves as members of more than one race. When it comes to the US workforce demographic it is estimated that women are on the increase as well as people over 55 years of age. There is estimated a decrease with white non-Hispanic an increase in Hispanic origin. This opens up a lot of doors for many people to work. Wages may be decreased on certain jobs as some will work for lower money to just have a job. Having more people being able to work and work for less decreases the job market which could ultimately effect my chances in 2050 to have or maintain a job.

Citations

Boucher, R. (2014). Diversity
Consciousness: Opening our minds to people, cultures, and opportunities (6 th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

Miss America : Welcome. (n.d.). Retrieved January 12, 2015, from http://www.missamerica.org/default.aspx