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Technology is Always Changing

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Throughout this course we have read many articles that have showed us how much writing has changed. Writing has now become more then just using a pencil and paper to get down ideas. In this Prezi The Journey of Writing  I take time to explain the differences between write and writing. I also show that writing is constantly changing. It has already transformed so much just from the beginning to now, that as our years continue on the way of writing will only continue to change over time. The change of writing in my opinion has changed for the better, it has made our writing process a much speedier one. What would take us hours to write a 5 page paper is no faster due to computers. Writing is always changing and always will be.

 

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To Much Flattery

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According to the article Don’t Call Me Babe sometimes  flattery can be to much. “So with online dating, starting a conversation off with too much flattery, or the wrong kind of flattery, can be harmful to your success.” If you are looking to succeed in picking someone up online be sure to be yourself and not worry to much about the pick up lines. 

Although people love to be complimented and flattered, sometime to much can ruin any chance you may have. The girls can either read the corny pick up line and smile or cringe, and if your the guy you don’t want her to be cringing. There is a better ways to do this. When communicating to other people online try to avoid sweetie, honey, and even babe. People may think you are being tacky or are only after one thing. Try to come up with a better first impression sentence. This is how he/she will always remember you. Saying to a women “What’s up sexy?” is not going to give her a very good first impression of you.

So the next time you attempt to pick someone up, whether it be in person or online, be sure to think first. Always think of something that will lead to a greater conversation.

Love Never Ends

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The feeling of being kissed is a feeling that you can’t explain. But when the kiss is coming from a person who you are head over heels for it is definitely indescribable. But even better then the physical aspect of another person, is the communication and connection you have with them.

Being in love and being loved makes everyone forget about life. In my case when my boyfriend plants his lips on mine, I can not think about anything else. Kissing someone when you are young is so much different then when you grow old. As young adults we don’t have as many bills to pay or places to go, we just sit back and enjoy the time together. So when it comes time to having a relationship when you are older it is extremely important to keep the communication and passion going throughout the whole relationship.

Another thing to remember is that having your first love be your only will never work. It is obvious that you will break up things will happen you will hate each other, but if the love is strong enough it will bring you back together. You as people need to continue to communicate no matter what. When people don’t communicate is when issues come about. The two people I read about in the article “My First Love Story.” Still communicate years later, they are both married and have children but they still talk once in a while. She enjoys seeing what him and his family are doing with their lives while she thinks back to high school when she thought that living together and family vacations would be done together.

Writing books with Children

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In first grade we had the amazing opportunity to write a book. The whole class worked together to write a book about what they wanted to be when they grew up. 20 years from now when I am graduating college I am going to be able to look back at that book that we had published in first grade and see the goals I had set for myself. Fortunately for me I made my mind up in first grade and I never plan to change it. Each day I go to school I am working towards my goal of becoming  teacher.

In this article Writing a book with students the activity was done in a classroom who are older then I was. This was good because it took a lot of pressure off of the teacher because he/she designated four students as the leaders. This helps children learn to work together. This project helps with collaborative work, and it also allows students to see the people around them as colleagues. There is  as well as individual work. The students each get to give their opinions, but all the ideas will be their own. Students need to learn that working together is important because in life you need to learn that you ill always need to work with people in any job you do.

Social Media Changes Communication

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According to The Digital Universe, Technology is forever changed the future of communication. Can you imagine not looking at your phone for a whole day. I leave it in my car for ten minutes to run in my house and I freak out looking in my pockets to try and find my purse.

 

Having Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email and even texting has changed the idea of communication.  People have a more difficult time communicating now that they have some type of electronic device to hide behind. All verbal communication is slowly diminishing due to technology.

 

 

 

People think that social media such as Facebook or Twitter would be the main form of online communication, that is a false assumption. According to The Digital Universe Email is still the main form of online communication. Email. numbers have risen 5.4% since 2011-2012.

 

When it comes to text messages there are over About 4.1 billion text messages are sent per day in the U.S., according to Answers Corporation. Text messages have become so popular and has become a very common form for communicating. In the old days people would have to wait three days before getting news from someone else. Now it can take less then five seconds to receive a text or some type of information. Overall there is no doubt that people in society today talk less and text more.

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Reading on E-readers

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              NBC News put out an article highlighting the pros and cons of using E-Readers. As a future teacher I think that this is what our world is coming down to. Eventually all books will be technology based and there will no longer be printed text books.

             There are so many benefits of having a E-Reader. So many people like myself have found that having an E-Reader avoids clutter, is easy to carry, and also have book easily available.

             I love having an E-Reader because it avoids having the clutter of 100 books lying around. Once you read a book what are the chances of you picking it up and reading it again? Probably not very likely. In most cases you read it and then put it on a shelf where it sits until it is time to move it to a new place for it sit. The weight of a normal textbook is double what an E-Reader weighs. An E-Reader is usually thin and easy to carry this makes for super convenient carrying. The amount of books available on a E-Reader is infinite. Another great thing about having to buy books online, is that you do not have to wait in line at a bookstore, a book is just a few clicks away.

       Reading on an E-Reader is also really convenient. It is great to be able to pull it out of your bag and read it right there. I like not having to worry about how I am going to hold the book so the pages don’t fly all over the place. An E-Reader also is great because you can read in all different types of settings. For example, On a beach, bus, train, or even in the comfort of your own home. E-Readers are becoming the new way of reading.

        Even though E-Readers are convenient and light, they can be costly. The average E-reader is between $50-$200. It is a big investment in the beginning but at the end of the day the amount of money saved is unbelievable. Having to purchase a math textbook can cost a few hundred dollars when it can easily be rented or purchased on and E-Reader for less then $75. The E-Reader saves money!

Importance of Communication

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Do you ever wake up in the morning look at your partner and grunt? Or complain because they spent the whole night kicking you? Then maybe as a couple you are not understanding the importance of communication. Couples that don’t communicate tend to have more problems in their relationships then those who are open about communication.

According to this article on the PBS website, “Resolving differences is generally not pleasant, but research shows that satisfied couples tend to bring positive emotions to their conflicts five times more often than negative emotions” (PBS). Looking at arguments with a positive outlook allows for couples to better communicate. When people in relationships take time to sit and listen to what one another has to say, it makes for an easier relationship. 

Important things to know if you are trying to improve communication between you and your partner

  • Have High Standards– Do not let your partner walk all over you, If they say something that hurts your feelings let them know.
  • Accept Influence– trying to understand your partner’s point of view and letting your partner know you hear and understand what they are saying
  • Focus on the positives– Keeping a positive attitude helps for better communication

 

From my personal experience, I have learned that it is important to express how you feel to your partner because the other person can not read your mind. When people in relationships hide how they feel other people tend to get hurt. For example being in a relationship with someone for four years with no communication just leads to problem and heart break.  A close friend of mine struggled with dating a girl who cheated on him behind his back for two out of the four years they were together. This caused him to have major heart break and he now has minor trust issues. Building trust between him and others is now a difficult challenge, he is always afraid someone is going to do something that will hurt him. This guy who was heart broken, is now currently my boyfriend and it is an everyday struggle to build trust with him. But to help us work towards a trusting relationship we use High standards as well as we like to always focus on the positives. Through the tips and tools on the PBS page the relationship will only grow stronger.

 

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Technology in Everyday Life

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In my everyday life, I work as a waitress in a small italian restaurant called Cotardos. When I look around at what I see it is unbelievable. When I was a child my mom and step dad would bring me a coloring book and crayons so that I was not bored and to be sure I was well behaved. Now I walk up to a table and the parents have a child with an iPad set up and they are watching T.V. or I walk up to a table of two adults and all I see is the two people on their phones the entire time they are having their meal. According to J.D. Bolter’s book on Writing as a technology,(pdf) “Digital technology is turning out to be one of the more traumatic remediations in the history of Western writing. One reason is that digital technology changes the “look and feel” of writing and reading”(p 24). The idea of new technologies taking over is disappointing in some aspects. The “look and feel” of sitting at a table coloring with my parents is more beneficial to me then the kids these days who get to watch T.V.

On a different note, in another area of my life, I have recently purchased an electronic reader (E-reader). Many people I know say that they would much rather enjoy a book that they can touch and turn the pages in rather then one that they read on an E-reader. This connects back to the idea of the “look and feel” of reading and writing, people reading want to feel the book. Although I am not picky recently I tend to lean toward the E-reader. I also love typing and making things on a computer rather then drawing or handwriting them myself. In a passage from Bolter’s book, Writing space: Computers, Hypertext, and the revolution of print, in Chapter 2 Writing as a Technology, he states “Electronic writing still requires our physical interactions with terrestrial materials-with the keyboard, the mouse, and the computer screen” (p 18). He is saying that even though many people want to have the physical touch of  the book or writing with a pen on paper, Bolter’s saying that typing or creating on a computer can be similar.