The most salient lesson I’ve learned in this course has been the importance of using technology appropriate for the citizens using it. This is true regardless of speaking about the health, education, government, or economic sector. Many times amazing technology is created that does indeed solve the problem at hand, however too often times, the technology is beyond reasonable use for the audience using it. Creating new smart phone apps can be great, but if the citizens can’t afford smart phones, or access to the internet, the project can be meaningless.
Personally, I had never been a large proponent of technology, and came into this class, to be frank, largely uninterested. I have always been your average American college student, using my computer for Blackboard, e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. I have a smart phone, but mostly used it for games and e-mail access on my phone. However, coming out of this class, I have a much greater appreciation for the applications of technology in development. Finally, in the future, I would like to further look into how technology can be used for conservation purposes and environmental development.