Technology is a tool that shapes almost every aspect of the way most of us live and work. From communication, to travel, to sharing information it has become part of our daily activities. While some may be less than enamored with that reality, the truth is that most of us (even the naysayers) would not be interested in returning to a pre-technology existence.
Technology is progress and is evidence of the wonder and power of human intellect. With the technology behind blogs, forums and massive open online courses, educational opportunities have been created for people who might not otherwise have had access. We have been able to multiply connections with friends and family in spite of the constraints of geography or time and in the workplace collaboration is possible on a scale previously unheard of.
Is there a technological solution for every problem we encounter? No. Do we really need to text the person in the next room? Probably not. Technology need not replace human interaction but its supplemental effect on our connection and our learning is truly powerful.
Microsoft Word: Use daily and while most documents don’t require much beyond intermediate user level, there are occasions where I need to work with advanced styles and auto format features; create or update a table of contents, index, footnotes, endnotes, or form; manage tracked changes using highlights and comments; insert graphic or multimedia elements.
Microsoft Excel: Use daily at a basic to intermediate level that includes importing data from Access; using a variety of mathematical and logical functions; filtering and grouping data; working in multiple worksheets and displaying data in charts.
Microsoft Access: Use regularly at a basic level that includes designing and modifying databases, tables, queries, forms and reports. Intermediate level use includes parameter and action queries, automated functions using Macros and customized appearance of reports.
Microsoft PowerPoint: Use regularly at a basic to intermediate level, primarily to create on-boarding and staff training presentations. This includes the use of a variety of media including audio and exporting as video.
People Admin: Use regularly for several years for position management and applicant tracking.
Learning Management Systems: Experience with Canvas and Blackboard at a basic to intermediate level. I develop staff organizations and training modules.
Publisher, InDesign, Photoshop: I have working knowledge of these and can put together simple projects or create very simple graphics such as email headers. My use is neither efficient nor proficient.