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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Verbling-Language Exchange Program

I've been looking for a way to connect my students to native English speakers so that they may practice their English.  I tried different ways to get exchanges: emailing Spanish teachers in the U.S., asking family members, friends, then I realized they could do it through the internet.  

I began looking at the different options available like Verbling.  

What it is:
A free web-based site where you can find a native speaker to practice the language you are interested in through a live video chat.

How it works:
It is fairly easy to set up an account. It takes a few seconds. You can sign-up using their easy registration feature. You then click on the Friends link and start looking for native speakers.  Next you click on the button Get partner and whoever is interested and has the language combination you have indicated connects with you and you can start chatting. They also give you the option to write texts and send messages to the people you become friends with. This is a good option so that you may set-up times to connect back with the same persons in the future. 

One neat feature is a timer that is set for every 10 minutes. This lets you switch languages and both partners get something valuable out of the exchange.

Verbling has also added Classes and Tutors.

For more information on Verbling:

Other Language Exchange Programs



Student Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor

The Unemployment problem is the most important issue in my city, it´s true that it is very common in the world, but I think in Madrid is more detrimental. There is a lot of people that have had to travel to other countries to find a job. If you are young it´s very difficult because companies require that you have experience.

Now days if you have a job, you are always afraid of it´s stability. If you go to the unemployment office it´s not useful in finding a job. Usually the jobs that are available only offer you a temporal contract of six months or less. 
If you use the jobs websites there is a problem, because you receive a lot of publicity for courses or Masters programs which you don´t need.

Finally I think the government has to create good measures that can improve the job opportunities, then the people would be able to find a job.

Sincerely,
Jose D.


Israeland Palestineneeds your attention

Dear Editor,

Everybody knows about Israel-Palestine conflict. Everybody has heard about it, but no one takes a minute to listen to it.  It’s incredible; we have gotten accustomed to hearing about attacks, murders and deaths of civilians. We have accepted that Israelis and Arabs are going to live faced forever.

In that region, just five hours away from us, to be alive or dead is sometimes a matter of luck, and so we see it as habitual. Death of an Israeli or death of a Palestine is no longer news. In contrast, if it is the death of a European, life freezes.

Sincerely,
Begoña




Dear Editor:

A few days ago a Brazilian comedy tv show was on the news because of a bad joke. In this case, people had to enter into the lift, but suddenly it stopped and lights were turned off. When lights were turned on again, they realised that a strange little girl, who looked like a ghost, she had just appeared into the lift. What were people’s reactions? Everyone wanted to get out of immediately. Most of them suffered anxiety attacks so severe that they needed medical attention.

These days we know of the nurse’s death, the one who attended Kate Middleton during the time she stayed at King Edward VII´s Hospital in London. Again, an Australian radio show made an innocent prank just to have fun. But the result was much different from what they could have ever expected it. I understand, this radio programme hasn’t got the whole responsibility for this terrible loss, but they have been the last straw.

For these reasons, newspapers, television and radio shows should understand that not everything is ok when it comes to people’s entertainment. There must be an ethical code and laws, which provide common sense to programmes that try to make this type of humour. Sometimes they could end in bad circumstances like these ones.

Sincerely,

Elena H.

English Language Exchange - Intercambios

Being able to go to an English speaking country to practice your language skills is the best option for your students hands down.  However, that may not always be possible.  The next best thing is to do a language exchange.  I did a language exchange when I was trying to improve my Spanish skills and it was excellent. I met my exchange partner for an hour. We alternated between Spanish and English between 10 to 15. We spoke about current events, our social life and more. 

There are several websites that offer language exchanges, but this one I found does a fine job and it is very easy to use.  mylanguageexchange.com is an excellent site that allows you to search for pen pals all over the world.  You can narrow down your search by selecting the language, the country and the way you want to interact with your pen pal.  You can choose from people who are seeking to text chat to those who can do voice chat through Skype or other services.  You may also filter by age, gender and last log-in date (this way you are sure to get only active links).   Also you can choose to do an exchange as a classroom. This would be great if you want to do the exchange for your whole class.   If you are interested in doing a live exchange you are able to filter for the city you live in.


If you are not ready to create an account you can enter their live chat as a guest and wait for a member to contact you. I tried it and got contacted within a few minutes by someone from Hungary it was quite interesting. The site has gotten good reviews from Yahoo Magazine, PC World and the Wallstreet Journal.  It also has some free features and some premium features for a fee.

Other Language Exchange Programs
Verbling
Language For Exchange
The Mixxer
Busuu





Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Making an Impact Vocabulary

Quizlet Games


activists
(n.) people, usually outside of government, who actively promote a political party, philosophy, or issue they care about
apathetic
(adj.) showing little or no emotion or animation
be aware of
(v.) know about
circumstances
(n.) facts and conditions that affect a situation
escapists
(n.) someone who likes to fantasize and dream of a different or imaginary life
generation
(n.) all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
issues
(n.) topics or problems under discussion
motivated
(adj.) very eager to do or achieve
visionary
(n.) a person with unusual powers of foresight
business as usual
Things are happening as they usually do, even though there is a reason why you might expect them not to happen normally
do your part
Contribute a fair amount of the work, share the responsibility for accomplishing something
hack into
Break into a computer system
public service announcements
(PSA) a message created to educate people about an issue
raise awareness
To help people know that something exists and is important
solution
The method or process of solving a problem.
speak out against
To state or show publicly that you oppose something.
think outside the box
To think of new, different, or unusual ways of doing something, especially in business

Personalities Vocabulary

Quizlet Games


assertive
(adj.) Inclined to be bold and confident
driven
(adj.) Strongly motivated to succeed
easygoing
(adj.) Taking life easy; not stressful
introspective
(adj.) Contemplating one's own thoughts and feelings; inward looking
nurturing
(adj.) Helping to grow or develop with care
optimistic
(adj.) Expecting the best; with a positive outlook
peaceful
(adj.) Not disturbed by strife or turmoil; serene
refined
(adj.) Suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
systematic
(adj.) Characterized by order and planning
unpredictable
(adj.) Not having expected actions
control freak
(adj.) Someone with a compulsive desire to exert control over situations and people
early riser
(adj.) Someone who gets up early in the morning
go-getter
(adj.) Someone who is likely to be successful because they are very determined and have a lot of energy
hothead
(adj.) Person who does things too quickly without thinking
overachiever
(adj.) Someone who always works hard to be the best at everything
pushover
(adj.) Someone who is easily taken advantage of
risk taker
(adj.) Someone who likes to take risks
self-starter
(adj.) A person who is able to work on their own and make their own decisions without needing anyone to tell them what to do

Vocabulary - Unit 2

Practice this vocabulary with Quizlet Games




anonymously
(adv.) without giving a name
at stake
(adj.) at risk; in danger
automatically
(adv.) in a mechanical manner; gets done without a person's deliberate control
benefit
(n.) something that aids or promotes well-being; (v.) to aid or promote well-being
device
(n.) an instrumental invented for a particular purpose
display
(n.) a visual representation of something; (v.) to show
embed
(v.) to fix in a surrounding mass
privacy
(n.) the condition of being concealed or hidden
track
(n.) a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc; (v.) observe or plot the moving path of something; (n.) the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running; (n.) the path runners run on; (v.) the act of leaving footprints; (n.) footprints
unique
(adj.) one of a kind; unequaled; unusual; found only in a given class, place, or situation
dependence
A state in which there is a compulsive or chronic need, as for a drug
impersonal
lacking human emotion or warmth
information overload
A condition in which information inflow exceeds an individual's processing capacity
interaction
A relationship in which the effect of one factor (such as biology) depends on another factor (such as environment).
liberating
feeling free and able to behave as you like
multitask
An operating system feature that allows more than one application to run at a time.
promote
further the progress of (something, esp. a cause, venture, or aim); support or actively encourage
recipe for disaster
situation that will lead to serious trouble
sedentary
(adj.) characterized by or calling for continued sitting; remaining in one place

Unit 1 - Simple Past vs. Present Perfect

Grammar- Simple past and present perfect


The simple past is used to talk about actions that began and ended in the past.

My mother was a teacher for five years.

The present perfect is used for actions that began in the past and continue in the present.

My mother has been a teacher for ten years.  For the past five years she has worked as a primary teacher.

Additional Resources

 Present Perfect

English Grammar Online

Unit 4 English - Modal and phrasal modals

Modals and phrasal modals

Could is used to say that someone was able to do something in general at any time:

She could read music by the time she was three.

Was/were able to is used to indicate someone managed to do something once:

He was able to finish the race in under an hour.

May and can  are often used to give permission.  There is no past form of may for giving permission.

You may use your dictionaries to complete this exercise.
You may / You're allowed to park here after 7 pm

Must is used to express an obligation or sense of urgency.  Have to is more commonly used to express necessity, especially when spekain in the past tense.

It's not safe here.  Everyone must leave the building immediately.
At the lecture last night, I had to show my identification card to enter the building.

Should have is used to show regret about the past:
I should've gone to Hawaii when I had the chance.


Additional Resources

Great Powerpoint Presentation on Modals and phrasal modals



Unit 3 English - Adverb Clauses

Adverb clauses of purpose, contrast and time


Adverb clauses answer the questions, why, when, how, or where something happened:

I left the party early because I wasn't feeling well.

Adverb clauses with because, since, and so that answer the question why:

I can't go out tonight because / since I have a lot of homework.

Adverb clauses with when or whenever answer the question when:

When (ever) I have to speak in front of the class, I get nervous.

Adverb clauses with though, although, and even though are used to introduce a different or surprising idea:

Although / Even though / Though the cell phone was expensive, I bought it anyway.

Additional Resources


Unit 2 English - Passive Voice

In a passive sentence, the object of an active sentence becomes the subject:

ACTIVE: Willem Kolff invented the fist artificial heart.

PASSIVE: The first artificial heart was invented by Willem Kolff.


Tense Active Voice Passive Voice
Present People in Morocco speak Arabic and French. Arabic and French are spoken in Morocco.
Present continuous They're building a new library on Campus,

A new library is being built on campus.
Present perfect the airlines have cancelled all flights due to bad weather. All flights have been cancelled due to bad weather.

Past The police arrested twenty people at yesterday's demonstration.

Twenty people were arrested at yesterday's demonstration.
Future with will The embassy will mail your visa to you.

Your visa will be mailed to you.

Additional Resources:

English Club - Passive Voice

English Page - Passive Voice

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Helpful Resources to Study for English Exam

World Pass has some quizzes on vocabulary and grammar for each of the units.  As I said the exam will be on Units 1-4.  Here are the links by unit to the quizzes.

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Monday, November 19, 2012

Events in English November 2012



There’s also this play on Sunday the 25th
The Good Doctor on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/events/357431131014778/permalink/370182786406279/> )

Writing Paragraphs in English - What's Your Sign

Iñigo
In Europe most people think that their future is written on a piece of paper that appears in the weekly gossip magazine, we call: Zodiac Signs. Probably if we lived in China and our personality our future would be determined by the theory of the five elements ,in this culture think the personality and body of each is made of this five.

Now I want to find similarities between my zodiac sign: Gemini and the component that determines my life: Fire. Geminis are looking to live life intensely, trying to learn from each new person or circumstance we find on the road day by day. Geminis are dreamers, restless, we like to meet all cultures and countries of the world .

In Chinese culture,the fire element identifies people, unpredictable, with strong opinions and risk takers.

At the end, after reading the different personalities, I think the Chinese theory defines very generic forms of the European people. The zodiac signs are more related to the seasons and the months especially. Also our mood is determined by the temperature and the amount of sunlight are reciving, greatly in mediterranean countries and , any theory talks about it.

Maria Jose

My horoscope is cancer. People born under the sign of cancer are shy and introvert. They need the sympathy and charity from others. They choose their friends with a big dose of sensibility but whenever they get along with someone they show themselves as demanding and exigent.

Cancer people are persons you can trust because of their discretion in things they do and their prudence.

Cancer is very sensitive and vulnerable even though they seem to be very strong. They tend to be sentimental and emotional. They usually like helping others. Women cancer love to be mothers and have a deep feeling of giving protection to others although their main default is they are possessive and jealous. 

Cancer people represent sensibility, maternity, sympathy and tenacity. They love their home. It is said that they are under influence of the moon and have contradictory trends which explains their different vocations. They can be good poets, artists, nurses, etc

In the Nature, their sing is water which would explain their tenacity to reach their goals,  the same way that water erodes gradually the strongest rocks so that the rock is destroyed at the end.

Compared with the chinese horoscope, I would say that I have a little bit of different elements. I'm Wood because I'm happy to help others, I also have something of Earth because I'm easygoing, protective and rarely lost my temper and as the same time my dominant element could be also Water because I tend to be peaceful and introspective, I value my privacy and rarely share my thoughts and feelings with others.


Elena

In Europe is very common to find your horoscope in magazines and newspapers. Only with your date of birth you can know how your personality is, if you don’t know it yet. However, Japanese culture uses a very different form for us: Our blood types. They do believe that this system can describe much better your personality than our traditional horoscope. In my case, my zodiac sign and my blood type are very similar, but others won’t be.

According to both of them, I’m an organized and patient person. Also I can be a little obsessive with cleaning and perfection. About my worst traits, they say is not easy for me to share my feelings with people around me. Even so, my blood type says things which aren’t mention in my horoscope and backwards. For example, my zodiac says I can be a creative person since my sensitivity, but not my blood type. For these reasons, there is only a good way to know how your personality is: Just be yourself.

Jose
I was born the eighteen of january, my sign is capricorn. In relation to the five elements, the element that is more near to me is the Earth element. Now I describe that They say about the personality.

The first one, the capricorns according to many webs, They are go-getter and ambitius people, they are practicals, calms and the have good mood but they are sometimes shy and introspective. In their jobs they are very responsibles, professionals, but they are hotheads with a hard situation. Sometimes these people are a bit selfish with others. They demand very much from others and themselves They are hard workers and They try to do his job until The finish it. They are sincere and respect with the autority, they are very organizated and disciplined. The second one, the Earth element describe this persons how an easygoing, nurturing person. Person that think in others, the like to collect and is very difficult that they change his minds.  

Finally I think that I have things from both astrology signs. Capricorn sign is more like me. I think I am systematic, hothead, and disciplined, too I have good mood because I laugh a lot. From the earth element I like to collect comics, books, cds. I don´t have sons but with my nieces I am overprotective. I am a bit stubborn because it´s difficult to me sometimes change my thinking.

David
If I compare the characteristics that define the sign of Taurus and those which define the element of Earth, I think both could fit me but I feel more identified with Taurus sign.

If I search the internet looking for the main characteristics of Taurus, as a horoscope sign, words like practical, strongwilled, calm, tradition, stability, constant will appear in most of the web sites. When I think of me, and try to summarize my own personality, all these words could be included. In the other hand, as negative aspects of personality, I could find words like stubborn, proud, jealous, lazy, etc. All right, I must admit, they also fit with my personality. But I try to see them from a positive point of view. Even the color assigned to Taurus is my favorite color, blue.

Also, I if search the internet looking for some characteristics of the Earth element, I could find words like stability, family, security. They are very similar to those related with Taurus sign. Then, Earth element also fits my personality. But one thing of Earth doesn´t fit me, the yellow color. Definitively it´s not my favorite color.

Perhaps I´m more used to the Horoscope Signs because I´ve heard about them all my life. The Five Elements are part of the Chinese Tradition and they aren´t kown in Spain as the Horoscope Signs. So this might be the reason why I fell more identified with Taurus Sign than with Earth Element.

Begoña
Long time ago I red my horoscope’s description at the “Red Book of the Horoscopes”. I remember that the Aries woman was described as Scarlet O’Hara in “Gone with the win” when she gets up her right arm saying “I swear that I will never be hungry again”. I felt very well identified with the comparison, since when I have in mind something I work with all my resources to get it.

Aries women are described as adventurous and energetic, pioneering and brave, and often demonstrate enthusiasm for things. They are impulsive and sometimes have little patience. They also like to give its support to a good cause, and they don’t support tyrants. I feel completely identified with this description, even if over the years, I lost a little of this passion spirit and I have won some relax.

Concerning the Five Elements of the Chinese culture I can find a little of me in each element but no one fixes me entirely. According to the description above the element fixing me the best would be Fire, describing as optimistic, energetic, risk takers, passionate people who love excitement and change….. However in the test I did, the element I got was Metal, where I can find some similarities when saying “… work better in disciplined, organised environments..” and I can also find something fixing not at all my character, for example when saying : “…prefer simplicity in their surroundings…” given that I like to have my things (many) with me.

Natali

Beach and mountain

I like both. I think each one has a especial side and we can enjoy them in a different ways. In the first time, at the beach we have:  good weather, we can stay lied under the sun, we can play different sports like voleyball, football or wáter sports. Also you can relax and enjoy on a boat. Also you can drink tropical juice or cocktail on the pool or near the beach. And you can bread this especial fragance from the ocean and to listen the surfs.

On the other hand, mountains are more for people who like adventure, extreme sports like skiing, hiking, trekking,..But we can also relax at the mountain, for example when we ski, you can take a coffee or a sweet chocolate between trees and admire the landscape around you. You can also listen the nature around you, maybe birds, bears but those are a little dangereous.

At the end, we see that both have magic things for do it.

Events in English November



There’s also this play on Sunday the 25th: 
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Organizing Your English Writing Using the 4 Square Method

Here you will find a Powerpoint presentation that shows step by step the 4 Square format to organizing your writing.

4 Square Writing Format

Monday, November 12, 2012

Jose D. - Portfolio


Student Profile:
What you do: Now I am looking for a job.
Where you have studied English: I studied English in my school, in a academy.
What your Hobbies are: My hobbies are going cinema, reading books and comics, playing video games. What inspires you: A good song inspires me, my family also inspire me
Something that is unique about you: Despite being a men I can do a lot of thing at the same time

My Boss' Personality 11/13/12
I have had many bosses, but I remember the first that I had. I was working in Iberia in human resources. When I knew him I think He was very serious, but when I Knew better him I noticed that He was very extrovert and funny.

Although He was a night owl and a heartbreaker He was very responsable. When We were working he tried that We worked united, He was a team player. When You had a mistake He was sincere and motivated he talked with us. He was very energetic and he encouraged us. Finally I think that although He had faults but he was the best boss that I had.


How has Techonology Changed the World 11/9/12
In the last twenty years, the tecnology has created a big change in the society, in some cases it has make better and in other it has worsened.
The use and the accessibility from this tecnology has change a lot in the last years.
  The tecnological more important has been clearly Internet. This has change the comunication and the society forever. It allow us to talk with
persons that they were too far, you could know a lot of people around the world, you can know a notice that it happens in another part of the
world far from where you live. There have been new movements of the people through internet that have created strikes, manifestation. The mail, the
social networks, the skype, they are a new ways of comunication. Other important thing is the archieve transfer, the legal and the ilegal tranfer has change
the society. In the work you can send to other partners necesary documents to work, this make better the work and the efficacy. The ilegal transfer has
worsened the culture because anybody go to cinema, buy books or cds and this in the future will change the culture. Now in Internet the possibilities
are infinite, you can watch the Tv, read a book, talk with other person, play a videogame with a person that is in another country or continent.
  The second thing that I think thas is very important is the mobile phone. Although fifteen years ago We didn´t have any mobile phone and We didn´t need
it, now We can live without a cellular. This make life easier and some moments is very neccesary. Now with your mobile phone you can make a lot of things
you can send emails, watch Tv, internet. Other tecnology things are the electric cars, the mp3 player, the ebooks, this things also are changing the society
and the story. Finally I think the tecnology has helped rather the society but it has created a great dependence that is very dangerous for the children and in
the future I think We will be more impersonal and introvert persons.

Ten Things I Can't Live without


Refrigerator: I think this is the most important appliance because It save the food and maintain in a good state.
Oven: It is very necessary to make the food
Washer: I need it to keep clean my clothes
Computer: It is very useful for me because I use it to find a job, to work, to play videogames and I download movies or series.
Mobile phone: I use it to comunicate with my family and my friends, I also use it to find a job.
Media Player: It is a hard disk portable, When I download movies or series I copy them in the Media Player and I can see them in my TV
TV: I don´t see the public o private programmes except the soccer or basketball matches because I prefer see my movies or series
Stereo: Although I listen music in my computer or in my mobile phone, I relax in my room listenig to music and reading a book or a comic
Iron: I don´t iron very often, but I think it´s important that the clothes seem arranged
Dishwasher: It is vey comfortable, but I think that is not very necessary because You can wash the dishes manually.


My Boss'/Teacher's Personality

David
The best teacher I ever had was my teacher of Chemistry at the high school. If I think about it he had most of the principal characteristics a good teacher must have, in my opinion.

He taught us the effort culture. Every day we had a little exam. We had to answer in 5 to 10 minutes short questions about chemical formulation. So you had to study every day the chemical elements table and the new lessons learnt that day. Then, when the principal exam came, you realized that you almost had studied it yet.

He taught us how to work as a team. He introduced us into the laboratory job. Every member of the team had his own tasks. Therefore, if one member not finished his duties the experiment didn´t work. It was frustrating seeing the other groups with their experiments working, so you tried hard until you succeed.

He taught us always with a great sense of humor. I still can remember his particular chemical elements table with all the names of the elements switch into jokes. When you had doubts about some elements names you always remembered one of that jokes and the correct name came to our minds.

The following teachers that I had couldn´t reach his level any more. So I can say that all knowledge of chemistry I have today I owe it to my old teacher.

Jose D. 
I have had many bosses, but I remember the first that I had. I was working in Iberia in human resources. When I knew him I think He was very serious, but when I Knew better him I noticed that He was very extrovert and funny.

Although He was a night owl and a heartbreaker He was very responsable. When We were working he tried that We worked united, He was a team player. When You had a mistake He was sincere and motivated he talked with us. He was very energetic and he encouraged us. Finally I think that although He had faults but he was the best boss that I had.

Alvaro 
I have problems with my boss. My boss is a person that he has never worked. He is the nephew of a great business man and he has inherited the company.

Is very difficult to work with my boss because he does not control your work, but requires too much. Work is very individual, does not exist teamwork and a clear programming.

But there is a good part. It's a job that I like and where I work very well and charge every month without exception.

My boss is a little worker, lazy and uncooperative but is very punctual. You cannot always have everything. 

Elena

During my degree I have had many differents professors, but if I need to choose one it will be Ángel González.

For me he has an attractive personality because he shows to the class how much he enjoys teaching History of Art. He is a very intelligent person and you can see it when he speaks. He can talk about any topic and not everyone can do that.

Also he has a great sense of humor. He always has something new to tell us about contemporary art but in a very special way. He is absolutely hilarious, like when he tries to explain Expressionism´s Artists as sexual maniacs! Definitely, you pass a good time with him.

Iñigo A. 
A QUIET MAN 
I'll never forget the first day I started to work in a multinational Teleco, wanted to be on time to give a good impression so I get to the office at 7.30am, my surprise was that I got to talk to a very friendly guy, he told me he was an early riser, he liked to prepare the meetings of the project before their teammates came. Then I explained that my personality was very punctual, sociable, careful with the goals, and always a good entrepreneur with new projects.

 He said: Ok, it's a little late for me, I welcome the company I'm your new boss. I was about 25 years and I felt very flushed. A couple of years before recalling the story wih my friends, I said it was the best leader I know, I had worked well under stress, was terribly proactive, perfectionist and well educated. He valued people were loyal and efficient employees who knew to do teamwork and trustworthy.

Looking back on my experience always remember him having some beers with all employees on Friday afternoon, with a very easy to communicate all its positivity.

I had dinner with him last Christmas and nothing had changed, hyperactive and fun at the same time.


Begoña 
One of the persons I admire the most is my ex-workmate Beatrice. Now she is retired and I miss her a lot. She is from Switzerland, and as a Swiss clock, she has always been punctual at job. Responsible, efficient and effective, and always open to help others. And the most important: always with a big smile, even if she had a lot of personal problems. A very trustful person you can tell her anything, she always keeps it in a secret.

I remember the day I first met her. I was very young and I had no much work experience. She received me and made me feel as a worthy resource. She explained me everything in details, and at the beginning, when I interrupted her very often to ask something, she had never made an angry face, and I can’t understand how she did it, since I hate to be interrupted when I am doing a concentrating work. At that moment I wished to be like her.

For me, during all these years, she has been an example to follow, and I think today I am a better person for it.

At present I am very lucky since she is one of my best friends.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How has technology changed society?

Elena
Life is constantly changing and the reason why is technology. Technology always has been connected with human life and their society and it has progressed since then in many different ways, especially during the last century where it has been created a world that long time ago it couldn’t be imagine. Before that life was so hard to live.
This technology has improved our life’s quality for example in the access to electricity, transports, medical research or communication and now we can say that we’re living in the globalization era where everything and everyone is connected. However these innovations can also hide negatives aspects that can damage our world like pollution, deforestation or animals in danger of extinction.
For these reasons it is important to promote a clean technology with a perfect balance between progress and sustainability. All of us can participate and help in this process by recycling, using white technology or similar to make a better place for us to state and for the people who will come.

David
Technology is not only the research of microchips, bits and bytes. Each age in human history has his own “technology”. The prehistoric human beings learned how to sculpt rocks to use them for hunting bigger animals or to defend their families. Later, at the Iron Age, metal devices were used to improve agricultural processes, hunting methods and war techniques. So, we can say, society has been changed by technology since the ancient times.
            Getting close to our times, the Industrial Revolution changed completely our lifes. The steam machine transformed the society. Lots of handmade works were transformed into industrialized processes. Cities grown up because of the exodus of rural people. Workers formed the Labor Unions to claimed for his rights and new political tendencies appeared (socialism, fascism,…) with two World Wars as a result. Industrial Revolution had the most important influence for the life style of the XXth Century.
            The computer research was as important as the Industrial Revolution. Computers have changed the way we work and recently, the way we interact with other people. Besides from making easier most of calculating tasks, computers have transformed our social skills. We can now meet someone who lives in the other part of the world and everybody can access to any information he desires. Everything and everybody is closer than ever, but, at the same time, we are getting far from each other with the excuse to communicate with more “new friends”. Our way of life in the XXIst Century will be determined by the future develop of the social networks. What will be the next step, 3D communications, holograms, teletransport,…? Who knows.

Mario
In our attempt to analyze how has technology change our lives, we need to consider a fact that depending on the way of usage, technology is beneficial or harmful to society. We treat technology as a family member, even if that is a little co-dependent. It´s certainly made aspects of our lives easier. We´re no longer forced to send letters through the postal service, book vacations through travel agents, shop in stores, visit the library for research material, or look for a better way for our photos to be developed. Thanks to technology, all of these activities, can be performed either digitally or online.
At the same time, though, technology, can be more complicated, especially when something  doesn´t work right or doesn´t do what it´s supposed to.
Say for instance a GPS, device tells you to turn the wrong way on a one way street, or a computer erases all of your important data.
Unfortunately, it´s not always easy to understand how a product service works. It might be preferable to hold off adopting it until a better thing comes along.

Jose D.
In the last twenty years, the tecnology has created a big change in the society, in some cases it has make better and in other it has worsened.
The use and the accessibility from this tecnology has change a lot in the last years.
  The tecnological more important has been clearly Internet. This has change the comunication and the society forever. It allow us to talk with
persons that they were too far, you could know a lot of people around the world, you can know a notice that it happens in another part of the
world far from where you live. There have been new movements of the people through internet that have created strikes, manifestation. The mail, the
social networks, the skype, they are a new ways of comunication. Other important thing is the archieve transfer, the legal and the ilegal tranfer has change
the society. In the work you can send to other partners necesary documents to work, this make better the work and the efficacy. The ilegal transfer has
worsened the culture because anybody go to cinema, buy books or cds and this in the future will change the culture. Now in Internet the possibilities
are infinite, you can watch the Tv, read a book, talk with other person, play a videogame with a person that is in another country or continent.
  The second thing that I think thas is very important is the mobile phone. Although fifteen years ago We didn´t have any mobile phone and We didn´t need
it, now We can live without a cellular. This make life easier and some moments is very neccesary. Now with your mobile phone you can make a lot of things
you can send emails, watch Tv, internet. Other tecnology things are the electric cars, the mp3 player, the ebooks, this things also are changing the society
and the story. Finally I think the tecnology has helped rather the society but it has created a great dependence that is very dangerous for the children and in
the future I think We will be more impersonal and introvert persons.

Begoña
Technology has evolved a lot in the few last years. And this evolution has a great influence in our lives.
When I started working 20 years ago, the office I worked in had 3 computers for 20 people. Now a day everybody has their own computer with a flat screen. The idea of working without a computer is inconceivable. Besides most people have computer at home, even portable computers. With all this the accessibility to the information (via Internet) is easy for everyone.
In addition mobile phones have become part of our lives. Everybody has one at his pocket, and the evolution of these devices has been incredible. Listening music, reading books, filing photos, playing games, and communicate with others is now possible through different applications from the mobile phones.
All this technology has changed our lives. But it is important to be aware about them, requiring a great effort. We have to be renewed or die.

Maria Jose
Here are some examples of how internet has changed the world.

Personal relationships
Thousands of people know new friends; even they can set up romantic relationships, through internet. Now it is very common heard that an American has a friend in China without knowing physically. Internet is not only used as a communication tool but as a means to set up all kind of social relationships. More than 46 percent of users claim that they have established new personal relationships through the network and more than 61 percent claim that they have continued these relationship out of the network.

Electronic commerce
Trade between companies is being more and more used and this provides more direct commercial relationships between company and supplier.
Concerning the relationships between companies and final customers Internet allows consumers to buy products according to their preferences in a short period of time. They can find and compare prices before making a purchase. 

The media
To read a newspaper before it was necessary go to a kiosk and buy one. Now we can read newspaper through Internet and not only national newspapers but newspapers from all over the world. Before it was not possible to stay in Paris and read the English edition of a Japanese journal. Today this is possible.
Internet develops very quickly and it is possible that in the not very distant future the scenario has changed again.

Iñigo
World wide web (WWW)
Internet was created in 1960 by Tim Berners-Lee.
First of all I would like to write about the vision of our great grandfather who lived in 1912 (a century ago), and appeared one morning in front of you. Would enter living  a schock the early hours of the morning of a day? .

Everyday our  habits start plugging our mobile, ipad, .., checking our daily tasks, messages from the boss, looking for the latest addition to our friends on facebook, then we feel our feet on the ground and we start walking.
It's too late so I put a glass of milk into the microwave.The underground stop is at 50 meters from my house, I will be introducing in a tube at 150 km speed. The headquarters of my company is in a building of 35 floor.one black box called elevator is waiting to take me to the top floor. In the meeting room, two Japanese engineers are talking to my colleagues through a  videoconference, a large screen shows the latest advances in a robot that is able to speak.

Finally  our great grandfather starts to cry , holding our  hand tightly and says: beings of another planet have arrived ,back with me to 1912.
Now choose , which would you take technological advance  to the past?.

Natali
I think we have two way on “ how has technology changed society”. The positives things are: we can see an expansion of communication with the whole world. We feel closer thanks to technologies like Skype, Facebook, Whatsapp. Those kind of technologies set up a social network. Today, on the market we have infinities options to buy and to sell products or services. For companies it’s a big resource to launch a product or service. Everybody can know their product or service. Our society is moved faster and we can save more time.

But we can become addictive to technologies and we can feel distant of other people, because we live inside of it. Abilities of communication can die or be damaged. For companies that means more competition and they need to innovate all the time if they want to survive. Technology can be stressful because we want the answers at the moment and the information overload.

As a conclusion, technology can be good or bad for us. That depends what do you want to be. An addicted and to have a worth health. Or you can choose to use the best side of technologies. You can reach progress, to grow thanks to opportunities that it can offer to us. Do you want to live for technologies or use technologies for live?