Writing Theory & Practice
" Let Your Fingers Do The Findings"
We now have the world at our finger tip. The Web provides a great change in how students " share content in new collaborate ways" as they learn and are taught differently from their parents. They were born into a technical world their patents may never fully comprehend. Their ability to technically multitask will alway supersede most of their parents. I totally agree with Richardson when he wrote " No matter how you look at it, we are creating what author Douglas Rushkoff calls a 'Society of Authorship" where every teacher and every student, every person with access will have the ability to contribute ideas and experiences to the larger body of knowledge that is the Internet. And in doing so, Rushkoff says, we will be writing the human story, in real time, together, a vision that asks each of us to participate" as journey through life.
As we progress through life our expectation of progress is enviable. We have progressed into a digital world and I am not sure if it is beneficial or not. Have we given up our privacy to communicate from the comforts of our homes? Have we jeopardized our children safety by introducing them to the " ne er- do wells of the world" who constantly prey on the weak and innocent? Or is it best that we now have faster access to the local authorities and applications for directions on our phones. Did we expect our children to become more sociable than us but less active? Did we realized that children will have access to "obscene content on line" and because they are more technical sabby than their parents they can override any password they create? They were born into a technical world we may never fully comprehend. Their ability to technically multitask will alway supersede most of their parents. They have lost the reason to utilize the library, venture out to the mall, and play on the jungle gym. Was we aware that once a child place their negative actions and comments on line it will be there forever for future employers to view? Before the Web, comments and actions may be forgotten or hard to prove. Was this our expectations of the Web, blog, wikis, and podcast? I agree with Richard when he wrote" One of the most difficult roads to navigate in the world of the Read/Write is how to balance the safety of the child with the benefits that come with students taking ownership of the work they publish on line” considering the consequences.
"Improving the Writings of Second Language Writers"
I am impressed to learn that" Over the last two decades, however, the demographics of the U.S. higher education have changed drastically - especially in terms of students' ethnic, national, and linguistic backgrounds. Reflecting the rise of the multilingual student population educated in U.S. high schools, many institutions-regardless of type-are beginning to enroll highly qualified resident students whose Language proficiency and literacy backgrounds do not fit the profile of traditional college students" which will encourage more student to attend college. Increasing the desire for people to increase their academic and personal growth is amazing. I totally agree with the CCCC that" writers are finding themselves in situations where they are being assessed not only for their knowledge and expertise in the disciplines but for they're writing and language proficiencies. For these reasons, second language writing cannot be considered a concern only for a handful of specialist; instead, it needs to be seen as an integral part of all areas of composition studies" to adjust the curriculum to support everyones educational desires.