Monthly Archives: January 2016

Haves and Have Nots

In Dennis Baron’s article “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technology,” Baron claims that “Literacy has always functioned to divide haves from have nots” (16). This struck me hard. I never really viewed literacy as a form of … Continue reading

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Emoji Revolution: Overcoming the Disconnect of Literacy Technology

At first glance, lines etched into stone tablets bear little resemblance to modern writing.  Yet, as Baron explains in his article “From Pencils to Pixels: the Stages of Literacy Technology,” these mysterious marks represent the dawn of literacy technology and … Continue reading

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The Pen Is Mightier

It may seem time saving to be using a computer versus hand printing your notes, it may seem like you can get more done and can better multi-task. All of these things are true; however, are we losing something by … Continue reading

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Outen : Dennis Baron

Denis Baron’s “The Stages of Literacy Technology,” influenced me to realize how much we humans rely on computers and the importance of human labor. Baron’s article indicates, “The speaker of the House of Representatives suggested that inner-city children should try … Continue reading

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Too Dependent on Computers?

Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literary Technology” struck me in its careful trace of literary technological advancements.  Particularly, his statements regarding how seemingly trivial and mundane technologies such as telephones and pencils actually had very big … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Thoreau

Expressing disdain for the recently invented and popularized telegraph, Henry David Thoreau said these words: “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end,… We … Continue reading

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Not-So-Networked

The technological side of networking has advanced in such a way that interacting, working, learning and, perhaps, even thinking have changed irrevocably and will likely continue to do so with new innovations. Despite the fact that we are supposed to … Continue reading

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Outen: Facing The Real Issue

Amanda Enayati’s “Facebook: The Encyclopedia of beauty?” brought the terms insecurity and poor leadership to my attention. Dina Borzekowski indicates, “Social networking sites are part of the ubiquitous media landscape that shapes what children come to know as society’s body … Continue reading

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Daniel White, Week 2 Blog Post – Worry About Yourself, Not What Stacy did on Snapchat Yesterday

Howard Rheingold got it right.  Social has a shape.  The way we socialize—at least the way we do so online—is very different from how humans have socialized in the past.  It’s calculated, it’s systematic, and it’s cold.  This post is … Continue reading

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Personal Learning Networks

Although most articles I find and read concerning social media illustrate the negative consequences that have resulted since their creation, they are certainly here to stay. I found the topics covered in Net Smart: How to Thrive Online particularly refreshing … Continue reading

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