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Prepare for the future? Harder than it sounds.

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I cannot say I am surprised with the state our country is in when it comes to the technical abilities of American citizens. C.L. Selfe, author of Literacy and Technology Linked, provides good statistical information on where our country stands today with technology. Selfe points out that even though former president Clinton put the Technology Literacy Challenge into effect, the poorer parts of the country, like the inner cities which contain high numbers of poor colored students. Because there is no money in these areas, there are not many jobs, and not many people wanted to take jobs in these areas, because of the low income.

The lack of money is in direct relation to the lack of computers, and those that can teach students how to use them. Schools and the towns they reside in do not have the budget to buy computers when they can barely buy text books or pay their teachers a decent wage. So unless the government is willing to completely fund the purchase of technology for poorer public schools, or force well educated teachers to teacher in these areas, the minorities are sadly out of luck.

In terms of the literacy and technology going hand in hand, I believe that it is a matter of “out with the old, in with the new”. While I was in high school, my English teachers were often 60+ years old. We read from falling apart books filled with Shakespeare sonnets and watched fifty year old movies. Maybe as a younger generation of teachers begins to replace them, which have a better education for this time, students will be able to learn both technology and literacy.

I wish the world was as easy as asking the country to take charge and make sure that everyone has the best education possible, but there are neither the funds nor the man power to make this possible.

Written by augeregua

November 13, 2009 at 1:38 AM

I Love You Both, Paper and Computer!

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Pens are especially important to me. Having my handy-dandy notebook on me at all times, it is smart to always have a pen on hand. Unlike the pencil, there is no sharpening or breaking. And, ever since Commerce Bank and TD Bank came around, pens are super easy to get, and cost nothing. Still, I am picky with my pens. I like black ink, not blue, and it has to be a ballpoint pen, not a roller ball pen.

For my writing, I have several different methods depending on what I wish to accomplish. If I am writing notes for class or writing a short story, I like to use my spiral notebooks. Usually, my stories end up in the back of whatever notebook I am using for class. Sometimes, in the middle of class I will get inspired, and so just pull out whatever notebook I have on me and start writing. I like this method a lot, because sometimes I will be bored in a class, or wherever I happen to be, and can simply open one of several notebooks, and there will be an unfinished story that I can play around with. A story will often sit in the back of my notebook for months before I decide to find it again and continue. Notebooks are convenient and easy to carry around. And, unlike a laptop, they will not run out of power, just space.

When I need to write a paper, I first write down my ideas on scrap paper, and then immediately begin typing it out on Microsoft Word, editing and researching as I go along. Typing my papers out on my desktop computer is the ONLY way I am able to write a paper. A few times in the past, I have attempted to start writing a paper in a notebook, but suddenly start panicking in my head, worrying what I will do if I need to change a sentence structure or a piece of information. The cleanliness of hitting the backspace button and simply changing the information as I go along, switching paragraphs and such has embedded itself into my psyche, and I simply cannot go back to pen and paper.

I believe without a doubt that the computer has remediated the pen and paper. Clean letters, consistent formatting and font, and the ability to edit with tools such as grammar, spell check and the   internet have replaced longhand and the need for dictionaries and the encyclopedia. Still, we must not become so dependent on technology that we cannot switch back and forth. For instance, what if the internet is down, or the power goes out? There are pros and cons to everything we create, and I shall take advantage of both.

Written by augeregua

November 10, 2009 at 8:35 PM

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