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Research is a critical key to success in business, society, and education. Without knowing how to gather, organize, and present information effectively, people soon become outmoded and lose their credibility. This project will allow you to learn more about our changing world, to conduct appropriate research, and create a final product that you will share with others.

For this project, do all of the following:

Research one emerging information and communications technology (ICT) that may have an effect on business, education, and society. Refer to your notes, textbooks, and online modules of study to learn about various research practices.

According to the Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme, ICTs are "basically information- handling tools - a varied set of goods, applications, and services that are used to produce, store, process, distribute, and exchange information." If an ICT is "emerging", it means that it is just coming out on the market, is currently being developed, or has not yet reached great popularity in society. Cellular phones, Palm Pilots, and televisions, for example, are ICTs, but they are not emerging, since a good proportion of the Canadian population owns or has access to them already. The same is true of the Internet, e-mail, satellite dishes, and chatrooms.

The following are some examples of appropriate topics:

- How does retinal scanning benefit those with visual impairments?
- What are the ethical implications of global positioning systems?
- Is virtual reality healthy?
- How can a cognitive prosthesis help people to stay independent?
- Do virtual schools really teach children and adolescents effectively?
- What assistive devices help people with learning disabilities cope better?

Remember that your task is not to research a technology that is already prevalent, but to research a technology or a facet of it that is just coming on the market or is just becoming popular.

Monitor the effectiveness of your research and progress by meeting with me periodically and asking yourself such critical questions as:
- What do I know and still need to know?
- What questions do I still have about this topic?
- Where can I find suitable information?
- How appropriate and effective are my current sources?
- How can I make my research and product better?
- How is work going on my research and product creation?

Create an original product that demonstrates what you learned from your research. This product may be a detailed lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation, a system model, a detailed mind-map, a series of charts or graphs, a web site, a news report, or something else (see me). Post this product on our class' discussion board, along with a list of references in APA format.

Respond to others' questions about your product. Comment on at least one other person's product.



Knowledge and Understanding
- Topic is appropriately narrowed; facts and ideas are relevant and correct
- Describe and critically analyze how ICT relates to business, educational, and social contexts

Thinking and Inquiry
- Document sources in APA format
- Locate relevant primary and secondary sources, as evidenced in conferences
- Record, sort, organize, and synthesize information using appropriate forms and technologies
- Formulate questions during research that improve process and product, as evidenced in conferences

- Develop and present original product, using technology and creativity
- Communicate information and ideas to others with clarity and accuracy

- Provide explanations that incorporate new understandings, as evidenced in conferences
- Apply self-assessment strategies that improve their product, skills, process or attitudes, as evidenced in conferences


E-mail comments, concerns, questions or suggestions to meganj@ldcsb.epals.com