Do we read pixels differently then we read ink? Did Benjamin Franklin’s contribution of electrical current in 1975, pave the way for this electronic era, which would change another of Franklin’s loves the printed word in ink. What would Benjamin Franklin say about the e-book? He might say that books capture the mind and expand the world of knowledge and therefore belong in ink. These thoughts are compelling arguments people and scholars are doing just that. There are many studies of the way a book feels, looks, and smells even the weight of the book along with ambient light that comes off the page of the printed page all contribute to the perfect rainy Sunday read. The intense feel of satisfaction of turning a page. All these things create a visual landscape that our minds relate to, allowing us to turn the abstractness of letters and words into something we can remember and comprehend instead of just looking at text. The E-books lacks the tactile sensory experience and light form the screen is very hard on the eyes, which intern tires the reader more quickly. Educators and scientist are looking into the studies of not only taking some out of their comfort zone but also looking at the differences in the retention of materials read. Some repots so little to no change while other have greater discrepancies. Information gathered from college and graduate level students for the years 2003 to 2011 indicate that prefer the paper and ink when it comes to needed to comprehend information. The way a reader reads is not the only thing to consider when you are using an E-reader there is sense of ownership to a paper book, where, as an E-reader we are just using. Some scholars ware worried about the economy of the printed word, sharing, references laws and books should be spared the digital world. Don’t get me wrong I love the fact that there is less clutter in my house sense I purchases my E-reader and I personally use it often, yet it does take away the elegance of owning your own library. The next wave of E-books will be interactive, where the viewer changes the ending! A company known as Atavist is on top of it. Ready or not!
The Tools for success in the 21 Century lay with the use of the Web 2.0 tools. Education today is trying very hard to address the much-needed skills known as the 4 C, which are Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking. Which will become the lifeline for success in the 21 Century and beyond. The need to have students engaged in their learning and interacting is very important. This article addresses the Sociocultural, which separates mankind from the other millions of species on the earth, because humans have the ability to communicate with language and use tools in many ways to accomplish a task. It is this fact and the continual process of evolution of mankind, education, and technology that brings these Web 2.0 tools into focus with more vigor and obligations to be used in the classroom then ever before. Educators must realize that the youth of today are all ready media hardwired. They must embrace this media age, evolve to become the 21 century educator, students need by using these Web2.0 tools.
With the coming of the Federally observed holiday of “Constitution Day” of which I knew nothing about until this year. I started reading the Constitution of the United States again and started to reflect on what it meant, and what it meant to be an American citizen and whether or not the Constitution is still relevant in today’s society. Many people argue that the Constitution is out dated, because of the technology and changes that have taken place, which our founding fathers could have only dreamed of. However, the 4,543 words of the United States’ Constitution have not lost their relevance. The fact that our forefathers were designing a document that would rule a new government and country free from the rule of kings or dictators while holding up the ideals of freedom is amazing. The 55 delegates had to collaborate and form these ideas and put checks and balances on the government to maintain the freedoms they fought so hard for. These delegates labored for 100 days writing our constitution, which details the branches, laws and duties of our government. They wanted to form a government, which would sustain the freedoms for not only their lifetime but for future generations. The 39 delegates who actually signed this document were intelligent beyond their years. For the United States Constitution have had few amendments in the 226 years of existence. The Constitution is the very backbone of the spirit that stands for America, and what I believe is one of the most important documents of many centuries to come. When a document starts out with: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” How do you argue with that? Isn’t that what we all want, freedoms and equality for all. I as an American would like to keep the backboned spirit of our forefathers and honor these 4,543 words, which govern the country I live in.
These days of cyber bullying, and critics who are so narrow minded that they are in the dark ages when it comes to the positive uses of social media sites, for education. This article argues that teens who are growing up in the “Google Generation” are already reaping the benefits and using these types of sites to share information, contact classmate about homework assignments and collaborating with their peers in a positive productive way. There are many forums for the educator to safely communicate with their students using social media. Educators know that open lines of communication is the best way to foster learning, and increase engagement of students. Yet many school districts are so quick to only look at the negative side and shut these lines of communication down, instead of taking the opportunity to teach a teachable moment and encourage responability digital citizenship. Instead school districts , block these types of sites and will not reap the benefits of a true learning community.