Before today, there was a time where writing could only be done with a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. The art of writing has changed drastically, and can now be done with such ease on a computer or any other device. This process of writing has not only become evident in many home environment’s, but it has also made its way into our local school communities and environments. In Nancie Atwell’s own blog post, responding to Troy Hick’s article, “Inquiry Live in the Classroom“, students are now able to use and experience word processors and the resources that come with it, such as dictionaries and thesauruses. This a great aspect of how technology can be used in a positive manner in the classroom. This article is related to an article that one of my classmates tweeted about how technology is being used in the classroom to teach and expand learning.
The word “technology” does not only refer to computers and other electronic devices. Technology has been around for centuries and one of the first pieces of technology that were introduced into the classrooms were typewriters. Technology is also apart of professional development. In order for the piece of technology, such as the typewriter or computer, to be used properly in order to portray lessons, teachers and other educators need to be properly educated on how to utilize these pieces of technology in order to guide their students’ overall success inside and outside the classroom.
This writing app was made to help personalize your journaling experience. This app is not only very attractive looking, but its made to help you become a better journalizer. Journaling and blogging is not just about writing your thoughts down, this type of writing “art” has become so much more. You can now post and tag pictures within your journal posts and tag the location you are at. You can share your journal with friends and family so they can experience your day to day life or you can keep your thoughts private.
This app also comes with a calendar so you can see all of your prior journal entries and the comments that were on it. Day One is a great way to record your daily thoughts and feelings, and add some personality to your words through all the various features and special effects that the app offers. Even though I have never really been the one to keep a journal, I would definitely use this app, maybe if I was traveling, to record all of my adventures to share with everyone at home, so they can follow my trip as I along.
In today’s society, we are so engrossed with our devices of technology. We walk with our phone in our hands, headphones in our ears and totally oblivious to the surroundings around us. We are so much more concerned with what is going on, on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, that the only relationship that we are having with our peers is through our phones. Everyone does it, sometimes even unconsciously, because that is what we have become immune to it; especially occurring more often with the younger generation, because this new technology is basically second hand to them. You can walk into a restaurant and look around at the tables and find more people on their phones when sitting with their company than people interacting with the person across from them. This is what our generation and the younger generations has come to; the only type of relationship we have is with our devices, which is sad. Julian Dibbell’s article, “A Rape in Cyberspace; or How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society”, uses the analogy of rape to explain what type of control technology has over us. Dibbell paints this picture in our minds of the setting that you would see on a criminal justice show of someone being assaulted. The action of actual, physical rape is brutal and awful to even think about, but when the internet “rapes” you, that human interaction and conversations is lost. The control that computers and technology has over us is insane and not normal or healthy either. This type of relationship that everyone who is associated with technology is beginning to form and go even further.