When talking about genres Dean discussed genres in writing. All of our early lives we are taught to look at genres as a style of writing or a type of book. However, Dean says that is wrong. Dean describes genres as the type of literacy that highlights the idea behind the writing. This is where I became confused. Why was I always taught that they were styles of writing? But, now it is said to be something else. Whenever I read I don’t often look past the writing to determine why this was the idea for this writing. As students we are commonly asked what the genre of an article is? Generally looking for fiction, horror, comedy, non-fiction, etc. But, never is one of the expected answers to be what is within the writing and what is defined by what we read.
I didn’t understand two areas of this idea. These areas being the ideological genre and how genres can be social? The ideological genre opened my eyes and showed me how they differ amongst groups. This idea showed me how everyone within a specific clique of people can easily expand on the “writing” within that group. Which to me carries into the aspect of genres being social. Everyone will have a different idea or opinion on a social experience. So are social genres and accurate and acceptable thing to look at? Well from this article I would say yes. You want to know every aspect of the writing to understand the true genre right? So wouldn’t every outlook on the experience may make the “writing” more understandable and easy to pick a part and see the true picture of.
I slowly began to understand how genres can be more than just the overall style of the writing, however I would benefit to sit down and continue to read up on and think about this concept. Deans article left me shocked and baffled with some new ideas of genres I had never thought about before. I find interest in this and plan to continue to look at this idea and learn more about how genres and how experiences can be shared within a genre that I never saw possible before.
So from the beginning of my inquiry I have been primarily focus on technology in education and whether it is good or bad. Well now I am going to take a slightly different approach and show you my sources and the good and bad both shown. The first source I even clicked was “http://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/technology-in-education/” and on this source the first thing they do is mention both sides of the topic. They state, “The rapid and constant pace of change in technology is creating both opportunities and challenges for schools.” This clearly stating there will be good and bad with the idea of technology in education. Looking for a way to leave this idea with an open ended question or set of questions is what originally left me with a problem. To be able to leave the reader with the chance to make a decision on what they think and if they wanted to comment and have a discussion about such ideas. This website in particular gave me a quick look into both sides of my idea though. Explaining how technology could be helpful when stating, “The opportunities include greater access to rich, multimedia content, the increasing use of online coursetaking to offer classes not otherwise available, the widespread availability of mobile computing devices that can access the Internet, the expanding role of social networking tools for learning and professional development, and the growing interest in the power of digital games for more personalized learning.” However they quickly counter this with the mention of challenges by saying, “At the same time, the pace of change creates significant challenges for schools.” But, this lead me to think why do both and as I continued to read my questions weren’t easily answered which lead to my next source.
My next source was “http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb11/vol68/num05/Transforming-Education-with-Technology.aspx” This site however focused more towards where technology could lead and how it benefits our educational program. This site also asked many questions though and discussed that is there a meter that truly judges how efficient the use of our newest technology in schools is. The site gave me a deeper outlook into how the technology could be successful and gave me a more in depth look into how people see the good in the use of technology. However, I browsed through this site faster because it truthfully focused on one side for the other so it lead me to search for a site that gave me a little more opposition while still similar to this one.
This next source I found took a much different approach. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/03/how-technology-can-save-american-education this source discussed actual problems in our education. Problems such as cost, performance, and future debts. Then brought up the idea that maybe one large answer isn’t the true solution rather there might be multiple smaller answers that will collaborate together to fix the current problem. Which lead me to many questions like maybe my original question about technology being helpful or not in schools was way to broad. If you approach technology from a historical outlook even then this article can trump you. This left me at a loss of words and made me rethink.
The next source I choose was http://www.education.com/reference/article/what-impact-technology-learning/ and I selected this one along with http://smallbusiness.chron.com/five-positive-effects-technology-education-31222.html to discuss some noted effects technology does have in our education program. These sources gave creative ideas to incorporate technology and showed how technology could enhance our abilities in learning. Education before the use of higher technology was a slower and sometimes much more dull process. Education adds games and media such as pictures and videos. However, while technology can be such a provider for interest into learning the use of new technologies also provides students with an easy access to distracts like social media. So from historical approach and from the opinion of whether or not technology is something we need in our education my new questions would be is it worth it? Is it worth using technology if it has the same percentage of a chance to hurt us as it does to benefit us? Should there be a limit? What technology should we use? What technology should we avoid? Just think about it.