How ICT systems affect everyday life

In this assignment I am going to write about how ICT affects an adult in employment, including the way it has had an effect on that persons working style. I have interviewed Ms Duffy and she is a school librarian. Her duties include logging in and logging out books in the library, viewing what people are doing on the computers so she knows their safe, controlling the printer and controlling the internet. I am going to explain the technologies she uses and how it meets her needs. Ms Duffy works full time. Ms Duffy also comes to school on the days that she does not have to work ( when she has her day off) to have a meeting with other teachers to discuss work-related matters to do with the school. In these meetings Ms Duffy regularly brings up matters with the Internet. Ms Duffy talks about how students use the Internet. She also informs her employer (Sister Anne Marie) and tells her what girls in the school are doing on the Internet. Ms Duffy’s employer also gives Ms Duffy permission to block any user on the internet who is going on an illegal or forbidden website.

Mobile Technology- (Work-Related)

A mobile phone is a portable phone, which uses radio waves to transmit signals instead of wires.

As Ms Duffy is a librarian she uses a mobile phone. Ms Duffy has a phone in her office but if she is sent to do something, she puts her mobile phone in her pocket. If someone phones Ms Duffy’s office, the call is diverted to her mobile phone so that she can answer it. Ms Duffy is not in her office most of the time because she is s very busy women who is sent to do many things. If Ms Duffy didn’t have a mobile phone she wouldn’t be able to answer most of her calls even though they might be important. This also means that if Ms Duffy chooses to go out for lunch or break she can, because if someone phones her she can go straight back to the school.

If someone calls Ms Duffy on her mobile phone to do something, Ms Duffy can be busy at that moment so she writes it down on her PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). A PDA is a handheld mini computer and communication device similar to an electronic organiser. Her PDA meets her needs as it allows her to write notes. This is very handy because if Ms Duffy writes down a note and knows that she will forget she can set the alarm on her PDA so that she completes all the things she has to do in that day. Her PDA is much better than a notebook.

If Ms Duffy wrote a note on her notebook she would have to carry a pen round with her and the papers in the notebooks could get ripped. Most notebooks are made at A4 sizes. Ms Duffy’s PDA is so small so it can fit in her pocket. It is smaller than a notebook. Ms Duffy’s PDA can even be connected to her pc. If Ms Duffy wants to write a note on her PDA she can use the mini keyboard or her mini pen that is no longer than 4 centimetres. Ms Duffy can even use her mobile phone and her PDA at home. If someone calls Ms Duffy for a request she can put it on her PDA and then she won’t forget. If Ms Duffy knows that she won’t have time at work to write any letters or notes she has to write she can write the letter or note on the bus as she is coming to work and plug it into her computer. This will make life much more easier for her. Ms Duffy lives at Liverpool and it takes her 2 hours to get to school, so she will have something to do on the bus because she normally gets board. This cuts all of her work that she has to do, down.

The health and safety at work act (1974) is a law, which imposes a responsibility on the employer to ensure safety at work their employees.

As an employee Ms Duffy has a responsibility to use workstations and equipment correctly and bring problems to the attention of her employer immediately and co-operate in the correction of these problems.

Internet Technology- (Social Use)

Ms Duffy uses the Internet for many things. The Internet is a worldwide collection of interconnected computers.

The Internet is very important in Ms Duffy’s life. Ms Duffy uses the Internet to check her mail and chat in her free time. Email allows you to communicate electronically with friends or organisations. Emailing is very handy and easy to use because when Ms Duffy send a message, the person she is sending it to will get it instantaneously. Ms Duffy thinks that it is very simple to compose send and reply to email; she can also attach large files and her video clips to her email. If the email Ms Duffy wants to send is very personal she can encrypt it for extra security. Even though Ms Duffy thinks emailing is good there disadvantages of it. Sometimes if Ms Duffy wants to email someone her message may get lost along with other junk mails. Ms Duffy is British but she has relatives that live in Thailand. Instead of going to an Internet shop to email she can just email at home, this saves her time and money.

She also uses an intranet. An intranet is a private network inside a company or organization that uses the same kinds of software that you would find on the public Internet, but only for internal use.

PC Technology- (Personal Use)

Legislation for software-computer software is now covered by the copyright designs and official documents Act of 1998, which covers a wide range of intellectual property such as music, literature and software. Provisions of the act make it illegal to:

  • Copy software
  • Run pirated software
  • Transmit software over telecommunications line, there by creating a copy.
  • Pc technology is very in Mrs Duffy’s life because it meets her needs. Most of the computers sold these days are built with software properties especially with Microsoft word, Microsoft publisher, Microsoft excel e.t.c. Microsoft word is very important in Ms Duffy’s life because it enables her to write formal and informal letters. Microsoft word also allows Ms Duffy to create posters for most things at school e.g. drama plays, or clubs taking place at school. This is very important because Ms Duffy handwriting can be very messy at times so when she uses Microsoft word to type up her letters or notes no one will know that her writing is messy.

By using Microsoft to create posters Ms Duffy doesn’t have to worry about using colours to colour in posters by creating posters on Microsoft word ms Duffy can choose from more than 100 colours that she can choose to decorate her poster, this also enables Ms Duffy to print out many copies than creating a poster by hand and doing the same thing over and over again. Ms Duffy also uses Microsoft excel because she can use it to write the list for the people that have not returned their books. Microsoft excel enables you to create tables and Ms Duffy can use it when she is dealing with business matters to do with money. If Ms Duffy wants to calculate the money form the books that people have not returned she can create a rule in which she can find the total.


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