Now I’m not sure how I can answer this without being ever so sarcastic, as without this technology the Alevel course I am taking would not even be possible. But I’ll humor the question.
Without the use of ‘Publisher’ we would have had to complete our magazine review on paper, creating it from scratch, using our neatest possible handwriting and a pair of scissors and a ‘Pritt Stick’. Now as much as I would have loved to get down to it with glue, creating the magazine this way would have been problematic in many ways (mainly spelling and small errors). On a computer if you spell something wrong you can easily go back and correct it however on paper we would have had to start again, not only is ‘Tipp-ex’ messy it gives me horrific migraines.
Looking back to GCSE Media Studies I recalled creating a film trailer and ‘Microsoft Powerpoint’ (you can just imagine how great that was). For our trailer we had to find images on the internet that were related to the story we wanted to tell. If we were to create our film with ‘Powerpoint’ for Alevel we wouldn’t have the opportunity to send our film off to film festivals. Honestly it’d just be crap. A 6 minute film done all in pictures, on ‘Powerpoint’ would be boring to watch and boring to make.
Then for the radio trailer I’m not even sure where we’d start, how we do it without todays technology? Today’s technology makes many of us ignorant, we wouldn’t be able to do so many things without the technology we have today. So many of us now wouldn’t be able to keep a basic friendship strong without todays technology; without facebook or mobile phones!
So to ask the question ‘how did it improve our ability’ it improved our ability by not only a fraction but an entire 10 yards. A Media Studies Alevel would only work as a pure theory without todays technology, Media Practical wouldn’t be feasible.