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Too Much Information

Classmate, blogger, and tweeter – Hillary Heck recently tweeted from the blog, Mind Shift linked to KQED homepage where you can find endless amounts of information through radio, television, blogs, articles, and so on. The particular blog post was titled – How Are Students Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?

The title stood out to me while browsing through Twitter being as I am still a student and agree that the amount of information out there today is endless. The article stated that; “For students, this abundance of information means not only a changing role from the traditional classroom, but also a drastically different set of skills and expectations.”

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A reading done in class by Kevin Kelly claimed we are changing from book fluency to screen fluency and our students will need to learn and adapt to that. Many of which are already adapted perfectly fine and school is a bore to their daily lifestyles full of technology. But having all of the information at our fingertips and a click of a button away can be dangerous.

Students need to learn how to handle all of the information given to them. This is one of the main questions posed in our discussion of how writing is changing based on technology – how we handle the amount of information. We need to learn what to research, the correct way to do so, credible and non credible sources, and the consequences.

The article makes a point aside from the general idea of information, Shawn McCusker, author of the article writes; “At the core of finding and evaluating information from a wide variety of sources is the need to question and evaluate its validity to determine its true usefulness and worth. The student who actively challenges sources, as well as the thoughts and opinions of others in class, perches at the center of information processing. Social students excel in this environment as they collaborate and commingle ideas from individuals into greater community ideas, making them a potential asset to other students in their class rather than an interference.” As a future teacher, this could not have been worded any better.

 

How many iPhones will there be!?

Fellow tweeter and blogger, Shhannon Cahill recently tweeted from a popular site known as Zite – an article about the new and upcoming iPhone 6! Yes, iPhone six, already. According to Apple, the new iPhone will be their most massive iPhone launch yet! Personally, I think they say that about everything they launch but that’s just me.

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The above picture is the general idea and make of what an iPhone six will look like – similar to every other iPhone on the market. The article states, “In calendar year 2013, Apple sold 153.4 million iPhones, according to data the company revealed in quarterly earnings results.” Put that into perspective for a second.

Not much will be different with the upcoming iPhone other than the processing system, phone chip, and possibly the quality of the glass and camera. The usual stuff, as is every year. But this goes to show how dependent we are as Americans on technology and will do anything to have the latest and greatest out there.

When thinking of the newest iPhone, I automatically recall the Ferguson videos, Everything is a Remix. A remix is created from something that was preexisting and made to be better. An iPhone is just that, a remix of the previous version with new updates appealing to the target audience.

So why do we care, why do we have to have the remix of what we already have. We care  because we are dependent on technology and feel as though we need it on a daily bases to do just about everything. Checking emails, typing whatever it may be, texting, communicating, and so on. All of these things are done on a smart phone, an iPhone which was once done with paper and pen.

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What will the slogan be for the iPhone 6?

How many iPhones will there be before there is no more to remix?

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