By Julia Olsoe – High School Senior
Over the years, technology has been able to put all the information we need right at our fingertips. The advance in technology has made for some great discoveries including the smart phone, internet, and social media sites. Technology has dramatically changed the way we live our day-to-day lives.
Thanks to the numerous social media sites we now have at our disposal, we are able to share pretty much anything, anytime, and anywhere. I have moved four times and have traveled to many different countries around the world. Technology has made it easier for me to keep in contact with people I have met along the way. I love writing letters to friends and family, but sending them a nice message or card is much faster and more convenient with modern technology. Technology also gives me the ability to talk to my dad while he is away on business trips. With FaceTime I am able to not only talk with my dad, but see him as well.
Furthermore, I have been home-schooled for the past three years, and I have been able to find a curriculum that I enjoy. Much of this curriculum is internet based. I love the fact that I can get an interactive, educational experience even without a teacher. For example, in my economics class this year I have had the chance to watch videos of lectures done by numerous college professors. This has been a great experience because it has given me the feel of a real college class. I even have the ability to ask the professors questions about the lectures through a live video stream. In my sophomore year, my Algebra class was entirely on the computer. For each math assignment I was able to have a teacher walk me through the entire lesson. Math is a hard subject for me, but this interactive course made it much easier for me to grasp the concepts from each lesson. The internet is also so helpful when doing research for my school projects. I just finished my senior English research paper on Ronald Reagan and was able to get much of the information that I needed via the internet. I found this a valuable resource, as it saved me much time and energy going back and forth to the library to get all the information I would need.
All in all, I feel that today’s technology is a great way to save time and energy. It is also a great way to stay connected. I look forward to seeing the ways that I can use technology in my daily life as it continues to advance.