Archive for April, 2011


Self-Assessment

After presenting my Powerpoint, I was able to see what a few of my strengths were and also see some of the areas that I could improve upon. First of all, I would like to improve upon quote usage. I did not use any quotes in my Powerpoint and after I watched a few other presentations, I realized that some quotes would add strength to my presentation. Another thing that I would like to do is focus my research a little more. My Powerpoint is a little more broad than I would like so I’d like to add some more details to make it show that I’m travelling in a single direction. One more thing that I would like to do is re-title some of my slides in order to make them fit the theme of a story like I did with the rest of my presentation. I think the story theme is actually one of my strengths. I was told that I’m a master of using figurative language so I believe by utilizing that style, I could come up with an interesting essay that may even over rule the distractions of the internet if it ever reached the web. Another strength I believe that I had was that my slides were not too lengthy. I think that by keeping them short and also by using smaller, less distracting images, I was able to keep the attention of the audience a little better. Overall, I plan to use quotes and studies in order to provide a more detailed and thorough essay. I also plan to utilize my creativity in a way that will not form opinons but would be like a translator for people that know nothing about the topic. People may not realize that the internet could be good for us or bad for us but most people do know that Batman is good and the Joker is evil. I believe metaphors will be my best friend.

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Text Reflections

It’s been a few weeks since the quarter started now and we’ve examined some interesting texts and videos that elaborate on our course’s topic: how is technology changing literacy? We’ve examined a text from Nicholas Carr stating his fears about how people are becoming too reliant on technology. According to Carr, we should be afraid of companies like Google because their technology has been moving towards an artificial intelligence theme that would have the capabilities to be even more intelligent than the human brain. Also according to Carr, the web is providing too many opportunities for multi-tasking which is harming the way that we deeply think about things. On the other side of the argument, we have Damon Darlin’s article in which he explains how technology is an engineer’s best friend. According to Darlin, technological advances lead to other, more important technological advances. More recently, however, we examined a special program called Digital Nation. It was an interesting view on how technology is helping and/or harming the way that the younger generation is learning. On one side of the argument, there were studies shown that indicate that multi-tasking people are unable to focus nearly as well as someone who is concentrating on one activity. On the other side of the argument, there are schools that are beginning to use more technology in their classrooms and it is improving test scores, attendance, and decreasing violence. The video shows that perhaps by integrating technology into education instead of fighting it, perhaps our younger generation will  move away from that “dumb” label that some people like Mike Bauerlein like to use. Also in the video, the argument about if technology is secluding us or is bringing us together is introduced. Yes, people  oftentimes have their attention glued to their machines more than people in person but they also are talking to more people than ever before. It’s a debate that will likely go on for quite some time.

Writing Process

I came into this TWRT 211 class a little bit rusty as far as writing processes are concerned. Before last quarter, I had not taken a writing class in over four years. I had lost a lot of my good writing habits but they are slowly coming back to me now. Last quarter, after taking a break from school since 2007, I noticed that it was taking me a lot longer to write small papers than it used to and I believe that’s because of the fact that I wasn’t doing any pre-writing. I did get through the quarter but I think I could have gotten through it with more ease if I had pre-written anything. This quarter in my TWRT 211 class, our first assignment was to write a narrative. I did not pre-write any of it and just dove in but it took me longer than it should have. I did the same thing with the first critical analysis of the class (Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google making us stupid?”) and I recieved the same result. It wasn’t until the critical analysis of Darlin’s “Technology Doesn’t Dumb Us Down: It Frees Our Minds” article that I started taking notes on the article and it seemed to help me out quite a bit. My paragraphs began flowing and I didn’t have to stop and brainstorm in the middle of my typing something as often so my train of though was steadier. In order for me to become a more efficient writer, I will have to incorporate those pre-writing techniques more consistently. I believe that if I get into the habit of taking notes on everything that I read that I will have to later write about, I will be able to write my papers easier and will also make my papers flow a little better.

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