Monday, January 31, 2011

Sudden rise of eReaders...

There has been a lot of talk about the rise of eReaders lately. We have been discussing these in class. So the question is do you like them or not? Many people like having the book in hand many prefer to read electronically. To me it all depends on the content. I like the electronic version but when I am studying I would rather have the book in hand. I think to write on it, take notes etc..

As for the future I see eReaders becoming a common thing. Students are already being offered electronic textbooks, the iPad is so popular I can see students using it for class items. I already here of some schools offering check out Kindles or NOOKs. This means that my child could possibly bring a kindle home one day. I can see the good and the bad! One bad eReading is not great on the eyes... it makes me have a headache if I do it to long.

I don't know, what do you think? Good, Bad?? Comments?

An article for the week on eReading...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Digital Literacy Skills

After posting the reply about the articles on Oncourse today. I wanted to find out about more information on the iGeneration. I went out in search articles about the topic. I found some interesting articles see below.

I also found an article related to the link that I posted yesterday. Could facebook be the cause of students not learning as much in college? See this

79% of facebook users say that facebook has no impact on their academics. Really? I think that it will impact them significantly. Facebook is a time consumer and if you get caught up talking to friends and playing FB games, you can be online all day without even realizing how much time has past.

This week post includes a funny pics! Enjoy :)

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Web 2.0 Learners

There are so many new ways of learning these days... do we have information overload? I personally think the creation of the Web 2.0 technologies has been good for people to become more involved with things happening around them. Information and news comes to you via facebook, twitter, your mobile phone, iPad etc... I have connected with friends that I haven't seen in years. Is this good for us?

Some say no, I have friends that say they have a "facebook addiction". Even one friend that made a new years resolution not to check facebook more than once a day. Are we really consumed by these technologies? Are we really addicted?

I have included a short YouTube video on facebook addiction, you decide? Are you addicted?

After reading the articles this week, I really a stuck on the adult learners article. This is because I myself am a adult learner and I have seen family members suffer job lost and return to school because the job market is just not the same as it was in the 80's. Adult learners are the most proficient learners I believe because we have a goal. We are ready to work and we want to learn to make ourselves marketable. I hear so many students say, I really don't know what I want to do... I hear adult learners say I want to do .... and I will do this because I have no choice.

Many of us learn in different ways .... and we all need jobs!