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Discuss the six-different advance in technology using in school any of these communication

devices

---Latifa Rahman Bidita

St. Johns University, New York

Thomas Edison once said, Books will soon be obsolete in the public school, our school system

will be completely changed inside of ten years. Amazingly enough, however one of our nations

most important inventors was proven quite wrong. The American education system has a

remarkable resistance to innovation, and the classroom experience has changed very little in the

100 years since Edisons prediction. Advances in technology have influenced the quantity and

quality of communications in the workplace. Six developments that illustrate the impact of

technology on communication are email, instant messaging, social networking, internet or web

blogs, computer slide presentations, and video conferencing (Rich Ling, 2011).

So, schools have used these communication devices in an effective way to develop the school

community:

Electronic Mail: Effective email messages can be written quickly, edited and stored. The cost of

sending email messages to organization members is much less than the cost of printing,

duplicating, and distributing a comparable letter or another document (Kenneth, 2011). Email in

my school organization is very well communicating devices because teachers and other staff

notify the informations, meetings, events and more and email can be saved for future and event

can be saved to the Google calendar.

Instant Messaging: It allows people who are online to share messages with one another

instantaneously, without having to go through an email system. This makes it possible to

exchange written notes in real time, as well as share Web links and files of all types. Text

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messaging is a variant of IM. Text messaging, like email but unlike IM, uses portable

communication devices. IM is usually sent via desktop or laptop computer, whereas SMS is

transmitted via cell phones or handheld devices such as Blackberries (Friedhlem, 2011). But in

school, they have used some other software called Remind which is so far easy communication

with students and parents with quick text messaging.

Social Networking: Social Networking is another emerging form of information technology.

Two well-known social networking platforms are Facebook and Myspace. Facebook is

composed of separate networks based on schools, companies, or regions (Leah Perlman, 2011).

Myspace profiles contain to sections: About me and which Id like to meet. Profiles can

contain Interests and Details sections, photographs, blogs and other information (Chris Cole,

2010)

Weblogs (Blogs): Weblogs are online diaries or journals created by people to express their

personal thoughts and to comment on topics of interest to them. The benefits of blogs include the

opportunity for people to discuss issues in a casual format. These discussions serve much like

chat groups and thus can provide administrators with insights from a wide segment of school

stakeholders. The two major pitfalls of blogs are the lack of legal guidelines regarding what can

be posted and the potential for employees to say negative things about their employer and the

organization, as well as to leak confidential information (Susan, 2011). So Weblogs are not a

good idea for school.

Presentation Technology: Computer generated slide software such as PowerPoint is a mode of

communication which is currently used in classrooms and meetings. Presentation technology is

good for the audience to create more concern about the present topic but presentation technology

must be in constructive and lucrative otherwise, it will create boredom to the audience (Students

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or teachers). The communication challenges are that during these presentations, the predominant

means of connection between sender and receiver should be eye contact, not the screen. This is a

good technology used in my classrooms, and its interesting. The implication for presenters is to

find a way to integrate speaking skills the technology. In Administrative Advice 7-3, we provide

some suggestions for improving multi-media presentation (Lunenburg and Irby).

Videoconferencing: Videoconferencing uses video and audio links together with computers to

enable individuals in a different location to conduct meetings without getting together face to

face. It is effective for online learning or Maestro Video conferencing for using workshops,

training, and meetings to the school.

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References
Rich Ling, New Technology, New ties: How Mobile Communication is reshaping social
cohesion (Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2011)
Kenneth Zeigler, Organizing for success, 2nd ed. (New York: McGrew-Hill, 2011)
Fried helm F. Hillenbrand, Short Message Service (SMS): The creation of personal Global Text
messaging (New York: Wiley, 2011)
Leah Perlman, Facebook (New York: Wiley, 2011); Clara Shih, The Facebook Era: Tapping
Online Social Networks to Market, sell, and innovate on the web (Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Prentice Hall, 2011)
Chris Cole, Building Open Social Apps: A field guide to working with Myspace Platform (New
York: Addison Wesley, 2010).
Susan Get good, Professional Blogging (New York: Wiley 2011)
Lunenburg and Irby, writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation.

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