Reading response (Writing on the Web)

In todays society, education had expanded beyond a dictionary and some book. Students today have more resources to benefit their education than ever before; however, the only problem is that these resources aren’t being fully taken advantage of. The web has an infinite amount of information on just about everything. I guarantee that you could ask google just about any question and there will still be some sort of relevant web result. This put people, more specifically students or learners in general, at a great advantage, IF ONLY we were all educated enough to maneuver how it works.

Anyone can do a google search, which is a reliable tool today, but this ability is just barely skimming the surface of what else technology is capable of, but for most, this is all we know. We are growing parallel to technology, but in order to keep up, we must be understanding along side it. I have found myself falling behind in the race between my educational development and technological development. Of all my years of schooling, being a junior in college, I have taken 2 or 3 classes that have strengthen my ability to use technology to my advantage. And now, even that information from middle school is being recycled out because who needs to know everything about Microsoft word when I use Google Drive anyways.

It is the responsibility of educators to keep student up to date with technology because it is such a primary resource and tool that is used. It is important that learners have some source of incoming knowledge on how to actively use technology to their greatest advantage. Times are definitely changing and technology is a very prominent component in todays society. When broken down simply, it’s like emphasizing the importance in having the ability to read so that you can learn from books. If you can’t read, you can’t gain any knowledge from anything written and in turn struggle with day to day tasks. Here, in todays society, if you can’t work technology, well then you can’t capture the information that the web has to offer, and again, in turn struggling with staying up to date. Comparing the importance of reading to the ability to use technology seems a bit blown out of proportion, but really it is true.

This semester alone, I have been exposed to more technology in the class room than I ever have been before. I must admit that this was very intimidating at first, but that just goes to show my lack of ability that I should have been getting all along. This is something that should be taught and practiced in the classrooms. I understand that this is still new to us and people are still adjusting to this change, but it is only going to become more prominent in our day to day lives. So many people are already so behind in their ability to work technology, so it is important that we start practicing now. There is so much potential and information to be offered that is unfortunately going unnoticed.

This is something that school systems should be working towards, not taking away. I know some teachers and/or professors that don’t allow any sort of technology in the classroom whether it be a phone, computer, etc. And though I do understand the arguments that stand for technology being a distraction, I think here that the good out weighs the bad. It’s important to look at the bigger picture and to prioritize our options. It is harmful to a persons education to take away such an important resource in todays world. In my experience, for example, I find it very helpful when I’m in Spanish class and can use my phone or laptop to looks up a word. One, this is more time efficient than to look up a word in a dictionary. And two, I benefit from getting the word I needed so I will know it for future reference opposed to just struggling around it.

Technology is not going anywhere. There is no sense in re-enforcing the use and importance of a dictionary because there is now something better being offered. I think it should be a newly set goal and standard for teachers, whether it be elementary school or college, to prioritize the development of technology for education.


Reading response

Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing, is an article supporting the use of digital writing. Digital writing is any form of writing, whether it be for education, story telling, entertainment, etc, that is created and shared digitally. Troy Hicks argues that teachers should be more open to this idea. He supports this with the understanding that though many forms of digital technology are intimidating to us simply because we are unfamiliar with them, doesn’t mean they should be neglected. In modern day we must be versatile in exposing ourselves to new things that we could benefit from. I agree with this argument that Hicks makes, directing his focus towards educators.

In life, you will always be able to come up with a reason to not do something you may be hesitant towards, which is completely natural. We are humans, we like to ease ourselves out of our comfort zones and not simply through ourselves in unfamiliar situations. Instinctively, this is dangerous, so that is why we must understand and go against our natural reaction to neglect the things we don’t know because they could potentially benefit us.

For example, I appreciate that this class, EDU 106, exposed me to the world of digital writing, or more specifically here, blogging. Though I was very in-confident in my ability to maneuver and accomplish assignments, I have been learning through discovery and trial and error. With some time and effort, I figured out how to become apart of the digital writing community. This is exactly what we need to do in order to become more versatile and educated. We must experiment and learn from failure in order to grow.

Millennial, people of my age, are turned off by the suggestion of using digital writing even though we have basically grown up with full exposure to technology. However, this feeling is only holding us back. Trust me, I’m pretty old fashion and do appreciate the good ole pencil and paper technique, but I’m also eager to find all my options. I want to find a way in which I can tell my story or write my thought most effectively. Technology allows us to include more elements than just a simple piece of paper could do. We can use images, sounds, animations, theme, etc, with the use of technology for our writing. If the passion is there behind what it is you want to say, you will want to express it in every effective way possible which include stimulating your readers senses.

Technology and internet allows for a infinite number of ways that we can use digital writing. Additionally, there is no right or wrong answer as long as you’re conveying your meaning effectively. I think we have so much potential at our finger tips that is being neglected because we are scared or even too lazy to try. But this is me trying, and also wanting to go beyond this, here, to perhaps expand and fully be able to satisfy my meaning.

History of literacy blog #2

After reading Manuel Castells’s, “The Network Society From Knowledge to Policy”, it has been brought to my attention the advantages that technology and networking bring us. I have digested this information in a way that I understand in a more relatable way to my own life, that without networking and collaborations among an abundance of people, there would be no advantage at all. We are all interconnected through interests that in turn create the network. For example, after posting only one “Tasty Tuesday” blog, I have found people that I don’ know, with similar interests reaching out to me and commenting on my posts. This is the start of a network that simply needs a bit more exposure and research. Networks allow people to connect with others and technology has given us this ability to more easily target others. Though I agree with Castells’s point that there are major pros and cons to technology, as a younger person who has been exposed to technology my entire life, I see the beauty in it. And though I understand the important in physical human touch and how it is being affected, I also understand that we are able to connect with people who otherwise would never have crossed our paths. I have learned more and found my passion by reading and/or watching others from beyond the country. And though I am only a rookie in expressing my interest on this website, I do feel I am part of a network that in a way is exclusive. And though networks in a way are exclusive to those that understand, there is an infinite number of networks to be apart of that will set each individual at an advantage.

I feel that for someone my age, a more easily understood chain of networks is similar to being in a fraternity or sorority. You must advertise yourself as worthy to be accepted and then once you are, that is your network. This is an example that goes back before technology was anywhere this advanced. People of many, many centuries are/have been a part of these networks that allow you to connect to potential brothers/sisters you don’t even actually know. The fact that being in a given fraternity/sorority may give one an advantage during a job interview, for example, is a prime example that networks really do give people an edge. In this world, success has a lot to do with who you know and what you know. Luckily, there are enough “things” in the world that allow for an abundance of success for everyone.

Technology didn’t give us networks, it simply advanced and developed them further. Maneuvering through technology and the internet is a skill that is in demand simply to avoid living under a rock, but it is definitely not the key to success.

History of Literacy Reading blog #1

From the assigned readings, it has be brought to my attention, more so than ever before, that ideas and knowledge of literacy are made up of a collaboration of perspectives. Individuals interpret meaning through literacy in an infinite number of ways. There is no given number that caps the amount of ideas there are to be had about a given thought. We gather our own ideas through sources and collaborate with others in order to have a general understanding of something. This idea came through to me in, The Stuff of New Literacy. On page 12, the use of Wikipedia is set as an example of the collaboration that goes into sharing knowledge and literature. It is a way for people to participate in building upon stale knowledge. The internet allows people to expand upon what been said because more and more people are learning how to use it. This idea goes back to The Origins of Writing in the fourth millennium B.C. The expansion and creation of writing was a collaboration and practice that expanded to something of much greater meaning. It was a needed tool in the creation of civilization that allowed a system of numbers and communication to be shared and stored. Writing has the ability to bring people together as a non-linguistic form of communication that has grown with the start of civilization or city. Writing adds an element to human connection, knowledge, growth, expansion, expectations, etc. This ability to build upon an idea that was originally from B.C. proves the effectiveness and idea that we can always expand our knowledge. High Schoolers today are still studying Shakespeare and producing band new ideas on the meaning and picking up on clues that may have never been spotted before. Furthermore, frozen literature is a form of laziness in not wanting to diagnose it any further. Similarly in normal life habits. We settle and become stale, but instead should be challenging ourselves as humans. We’re on a mission to find the best possible versions of ourselves. Something as simple as trying out a food or fitness challenge. This idea isn’t as original as we see thought; this is significant in our day to day lives.