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How can Learning Technologies Support Teaching of Social Research Methods?

Introduction While social research methods are arguably a core feature of social science degrees universally, It appears to be a common trend that such modules are generally unpopular and have a bad reputation among students in the social sciences (Bos and Schneider, 2009; Peffefer and Rogalin, 2012; Ryan et al, 2014; Lewthwaite & Nind, 2016).  …

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Expression and Rights in the Information Age

Introduction The web, world culture, world politics, and most interpretations of basic human rights all have one thing in common. The right to one’s own opinions, free thought, and the equal, unrestricted expression of such—in other words—free speech. Many of the most important functions of the world order are, in part, defined by freedom of …

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Textbook V’s Technology

Introduction Can the use of textbooks survive the introduction of technology in secondary schools in Ireland? Could textbooks be in danger of becoming something of history and are the teachers and schools prepared and trained enough to embrace these changes in the education process in Ireland. In recent years many schools across Ireland began to …

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Efficient New Build Homes

This blog will show how efficient new build homes today, otherwise known as ultra-efficient homes, which incorporates innovate construction. It can do this by using up to date technologies. This takes place early on from the foundation process to the key being turned in the door of the finished home.  The technologies used are efficient …

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Online Crime and Harassment: Protected and Rewarded

Introduction A truism it may be, the information age, as it has come to be known, has brought about changes of unprecedented proportions to societies all over the world. Through the commercialization of the synthesis between artificial intelligence, the internet, and modern developments in engineering, ‘smart’ technology has been harnessed by the common man, presenting …

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Are we becoming slaves to tech companies like Apple and Facebook?

On the 3rd of November 2017 Apple officially launched the iPhone X, conveniently just in time for Christmas. It is expected that millions of their loyal customers will flock to purchase this latest development in the ‘age of technology’. How else could Apple retain their spot at the top of Forbes rich list than without …

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Understanding the Rural/Urban Divide Through Technology in Ireland

Introduction This essay hopes to unpick whether digital communities can support us like physical ones. It will begin by outlining the existence of a rural/urban divide in technology, and then explain how this impacts on the greater rural/urban divide in Ireland. There are also important social and economic impacts to be considered, such as those …

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The impact the overuse of technology has on humans and the environment

This blog post would like to critically examine the driving factors that see an acceleration in the use of communicative technology. The general theme throughout will be how technology is taking away from human interaction and increasing other social issues. To carry out this research, the blog will explore the disruption in relationships in society …

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Developing Technologies has led to the Cyber Terrorist

New Method of Crime Crime is as old as time itself, in fact sociologist Émile Durkheim suggested that crime occurs in every society, ‘there is not one in which criminality does not exist’ (1895). However, in recent years it has found itself a new platform. A platform which allows crime a freedom it previously didn’t …