In this unit, you'll explore how far we've come in how we communicate—from rudimentary marks on paper to the rise of social media. You'll examine how every new development challenges us as users and consumers—and how embracing those challenges helps you build your technology skill and agility skill so you can stay ahead of the curve. In this final unit, you will continue to improve your communication skill and learn how to deliver a message of your own.
Using PowerPoint to present your argument will help you not only strengthen your technology skill but also create a solid, unshakeable structure for your presentation so you can communicate your research and clearly explain your thoughts. And, by staying agile, you'll be able to make adjustments to that structure without compromising your goal.
First, you'll examine the changing technology of warfare and explore the many innovations developed for military use—the microwave, the ambulance, and GPS, among countless others—that became beneficial for peacetime applications. You'll also learn how science and technology have played pivotal roles throughout our health care's history and how the dissemination of information, the communication of new discoveries and technologies, have allowed for the modern state of our healthcare system.
It may be hard to imagine, but once upon a time, people got their news solely by word of mouth. Then came newspapers, radio, and television. And while all those mediums still exist, most of us today get our information from the internet…for better and for worse. Technology has affected American life, specifically, we will explore how it has changed our relationship to politics and the news. You'll see how politicians, primarily presidents, have used different techniques and technologies to convey their messages to the masses.
You will read how politicians in the United States have used various techniques to communicate with people throughout the country's history. In the 18th and 19th centuries, that often meant relying on public speeches, which would then be covered in the newspapers. With the advent of radio and television, politicians could more easily be seen and heard. Now with social media and the internet, they can speak to the entire world in a matter of moments. All of these different mediums have their own advantages and disadvantages—and they each require politicians to deliver their messages in unique ways and to adapt when necessary. By understanding how technology affects our communication, you'll be more agile in your own communication in the future.
Learning new technologies can be a lot like learning a new language—awkward at first, but once you find your footing in one technology, it's easy to feel the flow of that fluency in other areas of tech. That's why practicing your technology skill is so important. Not only will it help you remain agile in your future of work, but it can enhance your other skills too. By practicing your technology skill alongside your communication skill, for example, you'll be able to use tech to more effectively communicate the conclusions you've drawn in this course as well as future thoughts and decisions at school, home, or work!
In this unit, we will focus on your communication , technology , and agility skills.
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Source: Strategic Education, Inc. 2020. Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future.