After reading the SciVerse article about what speakers at the 2011 Computers and Writing Conference thought about the future, I began to think about what the future of Rowan University may be with Writing and Technology and within Writing Arts. Within the article Kristen Blair quotes from Because Digital Writing Matters (2010), saying that,
Students are doing an immense amount of writing—they’re blogging, they’re text messaging; they’re emailing, they’re updating their status messages, profile information, and live feeds on social networking and other sites; and others are “tweeting”. . . Perhaps most interesting in the midst of all this writing students are doing is that they don’t often call it “writing.” (p. 19)
As students are doing more on the Internet, classes are going to become more asynchronous through syncing on digital media devices like the iPads and computers.
Our discourse communities as students are going to be forming around the applications, programs, and the uses of our technology or digital media. Professors and college educators are realizing that technology needs to be embraced within the classroom during this generation of college students.
In the article, “iPads Could Hinder Teaching” from online journal The Chronicle, author Ben Wider says that, “Across the country, institutions had grabbed headlines for adopting Apple’s tablet computing devices,” because not only are they interactive but students are “craving” for these devices (Wieder, 1). And its true, students like my peers and myself want these products because they are the latest pieces of technology being developed and advanced yearly.
The iPad does more and more every day with software updates, the latest instant download of applications, and new models that can be used at the tip of the user’s fingers. This article really intrigued and educated me on both the pros and cons of using an iPad in the classroom. This article is slightly outdated because since it was published in 2011 there have been two new models of the iPad released; therefore, some of the cons like the “slow finger-typing” has been changed for better efficiency.
The initial con of having an iPad is the initial cost of at least five hundred dollars. Yes, the iPad costs a pretty penny. However, the long term uses and costs that can be saved will be beneficial. For example, printing expenses. As a student there are numerous classes in which we must use a lot of paper and ink for articles, drafts, and readings. With the iPad all of those documents can be accessed and referenced efficiently without the expense or time printing them. During the past school year I spent over one hundred dollars on ink, paper, and printing at the on campus library.
With an endless amount of Applications available and software updates to be downloaded the iPad can serve any purpose the users wish and change with the changes of technology.The application iAnnotate allows users to download PDFs and highlight and mark within them without printing the physical article. This is a major benefit for students who continually have to read lengthy articles for classes because they will no longer have to print these articles or keep a box of them under their bed. Instead students can have endless folders and files on their iPads.
Since I am currently saving to invest in an iPad this article has showed me the realistic uses and reality of the technology. Furthermore, reading about students and the future of writing has shown me that I don’t realize how much I actually do write on a daily basis because of the influence of technology in my life.
Because Digital Writing Matters (2010), Dánielle DeVoss, Eideman-Aadahl, & Hicks (2010)
“IPads Could Hinder Teaching, Professors Say” (2011) The Chronicla, Ben Weider
Computers and Composition 20/20: A Conversation Piece, or What Some Very Smart People Have to Say about the Future (2011), SciVerse ScienceDirect