|November 15, 1998
By Mario deSantis
|For me, the computer
and the related information technology applications are a natural extension of my
lifestyle. I have been always of the opinion that education is a formidable asset
and as a consequence I have been an eternal student throughout my life. My study
and working habits have changed dramatically as the years went by, and today I cannot
learn without a computer. I remember how with the use of my intelligence and a computer
I was able not only to speed up my work but produce fantastic results. Today, I do
the same and try to inculcate this new way of learning and doing things with a computer,
the Internet, and new technologies to my sons, James and Eric. In June 1997 I wrote
the paper "Coping with changes: an overview of the Learning Organization,
Knowledge Economy and current practices in Information Technology applications"
(1). For me this paper was the product of a new way
of thinking and learning; I used the WWW for researching new relevant information
and at the same time I would be using word processing to collect the information
and put it all together in a logical sequence. It was the first time I wrote a paper
supported by references taken from the Web sites and the final paper was really,
at least for me, outstanding. The references listed on the last pages of the paper
were mostly characterized by "www........" I proudly showed the
paper to James and told him "James, this is the way to write papers, research
the WWW and use word processing, along with other pertinent application software,
at the same time!"
The world of the WWW (World Wide Web) is fresh, rich, engaging, and with its hyperlinks it takes you virtually anywhere.
Application software and the WWW are becoming essential tools for learning and I never get tired to say:
-no matter what you do, you must know word processing and spreadsheet programming
-you want to learn Calculus and Math in general, get and learn a software package such as Wolfram(2) or Maple(3)
-you want to learn accounting, get and learn a software package such as QuickBooks(4), or M.Y.O.B.(5).
-you want to do research, use the WWW