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.
When I was growing up, in the 90s, no one owned a cellphone. To use the internet we had to use dial-up which required that no one be using the land line phone. So we never were allowed to use the internet for long periods of time because what if someone needed to get in touch with a member of our family? They couldn’t.
Now, in 2014, EVERYONE, starting from infancy (no joke), owns either an Iphone, Ipad, Android, Tablet, or some sort of electronic device that allows users to connect to the internet. Where did this constant need to be in front of a cellphone screen at all times come from? Almost every other day there are stories in the news about fatal car accidents caused by one of the drivers involved texting and driving. In the 90s, there was no txting, if we had something to say to a person we simply walked on over to his or her house and had a face to face conversation ( I know that concept seems far fetched).
In an article titled “Becoming Screen Literate” that I read for my Introduction to Writing Arts class the author Kevin Kelly makes a very good point when he says “When technology shifts, it bends the culture”. Children who are raised today in this “Web 2.0” era are raised on Ipads and Iphones. Twenty years ago when I was a toddler it was down right socially unacceptable for babies to play with anything that wasn’t a teething ring or plastic baby toy. Does having an Ipad plopped in front of you at such a young age have an affect on the way you will grow up? Of course it does.
Technology has and is taking over every component of the world, therefore our culture is simply shifting. One of my colleagues, Jared Hussey, tweeted a very amusing article the other day that I think any person obsessed with their cell phone needs to take a look at. The article is called ” The NoPhone” written by The NoPhone Team.
This article is essientally a sales pitch for the teams product which they named the NoPhone. They describe the phone as a”technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world”. (Pictured Below)
This “phone” is basically a piece of plastic that gives the illusion of holding a phone, but has no connection to the internet. It is encouraging people to put down their cellphones for once in their life and get back to reality and the real people standing all around. In the testimonials section of this article Whitney R states that “”With the NoPhone, my eye contact skills have improved 73%.”
The NoPhone article is a spoof, but it sends a real message. Technology is great, it has help us as a culture progress in the right direction, but there is a point where too much of anything becomes unhealthy,Children should be encouraged to get out and play with the children that live in their neighborhoods not to sit in a dark room and play games on their Ipad. People should feel comfortable having face to face conversations without having to look down at their phone every five seconds to see if they have received a text. As technology advances, generations with change, and who’s telling how cultures will continue to shift. In the video below Gary Turk explains perfectly the negative affect the constant use of cellphones is having on society as a whole.
Ginger Page is a free writing app available for iOS, Windows, Chrome and Android . It is a portable word processor that offers many features to help one correct and enhance his or her writing. Some of the features Ginger Page offers are auto-correct, a word enhancer that gives suggestions on how to better phrase what you are trying to say, and the option to share your text via email, text message, or social media.
Some of the other tools available through Ginger Page are a translator which allows one to type text in one language and translate to another, a dictionary, and a synonym search engine to help find synonyms to any word one types in the search engine.
Bolter discusses the future of digital writing in his Introduction: Writing in the Late Age of Print which is what this app promotes, digital writing. It allows anyone who has access to apps to write for any purpose whether it be a small novel or an email to their supervisor. The app was designed to help people enhance their writing before publishing it on the internet. This is just a new type of “writing space” as Bolter puts it.
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.