Blog 10: Digital Humanities Place in English

This topic is actually a portion of what I’m incorporating into my thesis. With all the concerns we have in the digital sphere of learning, there’s a lot to gain for the English departments across the country and the world. Twitter and other sites as mentioned in the “What is Digital Humanities and What’s it doing in English Departments?” article have gotten people to express themselves through writing and other new ways of communication.

The digital sphere as we’ve heard time and time again allows for students to have a feedback audience quicker and more substantive than just their professor and classmates. The choice of blogging with photos, colors and designs also makes students extra excited to start writing their responses to articles. It also helps more reserved and quiet students out in the network sharing their ideas and points with the world.

There is also a lot of resistance from longtime educators who are used to doing things a certain way and see that this digital sphere is a threat to how things should be in their eyes. This field needs people to be bold and take this risk of taking on this whole new sphere of learning. Overall this will keep modern students completely engaged in their English classes than the typical class of today. Some classes have resorted to abolishing the use of digital devices while in the classroom but as technology is expanding and more used this will do more harm than good in ensuring classroom engagement. Digital humanities is the answer to keeping students engaged and motivated to continue learning.

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Blog 9: Lit Review Update

I know I don’t really have to read my entire sources but as far as chapters and articles I’m doing that and it’s a lot. Then trying to summarize the main parts to is really time consuming. That’s why I’m trying to finish this the 27th rather than later. It’s better to be ahead than behind. The literature is enjoyable tho 🙂

This week’s reading has helped me consider how to write better creatively as well.

Blog 8: Being a Great Narrator

Being a Great Narrator: Blog 8

 

This week’s readings “Writing About People” and “Here’s What Happened” were absolutely fantastic. I was completely engaged and able to relate to the material as I haven’t been able to do in a fairly long time. There was no favorite for me this week. Both articles were equally great. There were so many great points that I took away. I also started to reflect on my own writing process as a future author. Sometimes I have known that I’m missing the elements of what makes a great narrative in stories I write and this is why I stop writing. If you don’t think readers will keep reading, why should you keep writing?

I wish I had someone to interview right now. I’m so excited about having more information about how to do a great interview. I did take an Intro to Journalism class sophomore year but things were still pretty new to me at that point. I interviewed a coworker of mine who met many celebrities, etc. for a national magazine. Unfortunately, he didn’t like the final product. When I read “Writing about People”, I recalled certain areas where I went wrong. Such as leaving quotes as said rather than editing them to sound better and not calling back to make sure that I had completely gotten what he had said. It would be cool if I could redo that interview but nevertheless I learned from that experience. One of my take-aways from this reading is that people are what makes stories turn from ordinary to extraordinary. Imagine if all the greatest stories we have read had no people in them. That would be completely insane. I wouldn’t even want to think about that for too long. One thing the article mentioned that I really had beef with was the fact that recorders “aren’t writing” shouldn’t really be “a machine” working for the writer. The author has a point but I think it’s good to have recorders along with your pencil and paper. Sometimes we cut off people when they were just about to say something completely beautiful.

Order and detail are keys to a great story in my opinion. There’s nothing like a story that is all over the place. It jumps from the beginning to some future time back into the past. When stories don’t have great timelines it kind of kills readers interest immediately. I think people have to know have to tell stories orally to others in order to know how they write them properly. Main key points from “Writing a Narrative:”

a narrative has:

*A clearly identified event

*A clearly described setting

*Vivid, descriptive details

*A consistent point of view

*A clear point

Blog 7: Social Action

This week’s readings were great. I’m glad that there is a movement for youth to have their voices heard in terms of social justice. There are too many youth of today that are lost in FB, Twitter and other forms of interaction focusing on things that don’t matter. They really need to get involved in movements that actually matter. Young people are the future. In the time of segregation and injustice towards blacks, it was the youth who helped boosted the movement along with older people. Every voice counts and everyone can do something.

Blog 6: Weekly Reflection

Identity Construction Weekly Reflection

I really don’t think there is anything wrong with youth obtaining parts of their identities while online. I think fan fiction communities really keep writing alive in youth today when schools lessen the amount of creative writing assignments. There’s only the matter of youth safety and privacy online but other than that I think this is fine.

On the other hand, this quote made me think: “In a world of constant movement and flow, media images of advertising and commerce seep into our lives and strongly identity development.”  This makes youth extra vulnerable to what is promoted to them and it’s up to educators and parents to help the youth stay in the right path and guide their identities in the right direction.

Blog 5: Participation

I had a really hard time getting through the Joyce Neff Grounded Theory article. It was all predominantly new information to me so I didn’t have much comments on it. I mostly just absorbed what was said but didn’t have any particular statements that stood out to me. In the other reading “Enabling Participation (7-21)”, on the other hand I was completely encaptured. I think maybe because it was so much more “real” so to speak. Like as I was reading a lot more applied to me than in the other reading in my own opinion. There was a lot more to agree or disagree on. My top key quote that I took away was:

“Not every member must contribute but all must believe they are free to contribute when ready and that what they contribute will be appropriately valued.”

I think that this was so beautifully written and is really accurate in regards to internet participation and authorship. I still have to say just because it’s on the internet does not mean that every writer will feel comfortable. It depends on the individual. Some people may feel comfortable since noone sees them but then others will feel like they are put on the spot. There is no real way to make sure all writers participate in these kinds of interfaces and there are always many considerations an individual must keep in mind while on them.

The article also mentioned the difference in who has certain access to the technology needed and etc.

“What a person can accomplish with an outdated machine in a public library with mandatory filtering software and no opportunity for storage or transmission pales in comparison to what person can accomplish with a home computer with unfettered Internet access, high bandwidth, and continuous connectivity.”

This is also very true as everyone’s economic situation is not the same so therefore technology access is very varied. I have heard that our internet is supposed to be completely free. It’s just in the air. Anyhow I think there is still a significant amount of students who are lacking the access so we aren’t fully participatory and won’t be anytime soon.

Blog 4: Writing in the Future

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Both of the articles for this week was considering the future trends of writing. I liked Ann Amicucci’s How They Really Talk article the best this week. I’ve read a lot of articles similar to this one. These articles hint to a growing concern on where writing is heading and how digital interfaces can be used in education inside writing and beyond.

I don’t think we need to be concerned about this. This class and the other classes that I have had with Dr. Zamora demonstrate to me that the transition into using digital environments in learning is working out very effectively and will continue to do so over the next few years. Even during my undergraduate experience this was shown to be true and only increased during the years I was still an undergrad. I can only speak for my experience though.

I definitely agree with this fact because I like to have a wider audience than just my classroom. I get to meet new people over the internet and develop a greater network than I would get through just sharing within the classroom environment.

“Students’ own perspectives have been largely missing.” (Amicucci 484) Amicucci brought out a good point regarding the research done about digital usage. Not only teachers should be the source of the research we read about but also we the students. We have the hands on usage of these tools and sometimes we can even contribute ideas that teachers would never think about.