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The kind of people who would use this writing space would include everybody. Paper is one of the original writing spaces and it is a writing space everyone has used before typewriters, computers and smartphones came along. Paper is a writing space that invites anyone to use it; all you need is a sheet of paper and pen/pencil to write down your thoughts. The downfall is writing on paper is slower. To write in this space is comfortable because we grew up writing in this space. It can be a little sloppy depending on your handwriting. I wouldn’t say that writing on paper is foreign because when writing the pen/pencil just flows with the paper. We are familiar with it because it is not new to us.  Writing on paper is also very romantic you can write love letters or writing something special on a card. Writing on paper is very affordable from writing on other spaces because it is very easy to use almost everyone can do it. All you need is paper and pen/pencil. You can take it anywhere and you do not have to worry about charging your computer or need to be somewhere where there is internet access. There is not a constraint for writing on paper unless you don’t have a pen and paper. Although if you are writing a lengthy paper it might have an affect if you are under a time constraint since writing usually takes longer than writing on a computer. When writing on paper the composing space is permanently on the paper if you are writing with a pen. If you are using a pencil you can erase the text but it looks sloppy and you can still see the text faintly. How using paper impacts on the environment by killing trees to make paper.

-Nick Cosenza-


I been playing video games for years since I was little my first video game was Super Mario. But I wouldn’t say that I am addicted to playing yea I might send a few hours playing but I’m not playing for days or weeks like other people.

The Video game community is so huge today they have conventions that millions of gamers go to to play new games that are releasing soon. Now their are many of gamers who are actually getting paid to play video and make a career in it. They enter tournament that could pay up to a million dollars. Their is also gamers who are getting paid my YouTube for just recording their gameplay and commutating over and do series like let’s play and tutorials.

Video games can be a good thing or bad thing depending how you see it. If you are just playing game for days and not going out and having a social life is bad. Although if you are playing for money and socializing it can be good just depends how you look at it
-Nick Cosenza-

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Nick Cosenza
21st Century Education
My reaction to the 21st Century Education is the fact we cannot just rely on
technology. By just giving a student a laptop or a tablet and expecting them to know
how to use these tools would be a poor example of teaching. The main concept of
teaching 21st Century Education is to have the students think for themselves. While
many children today are advanced in the world of technology, they need teachers to
guide them towards using their laptops or tablets in an educational manner and not just
using them for entertainment.
My viewpoint of teaching is to obtain the attention of the students and to be able
to hold it and keep them focused. Teachers today need to be flexible, creative and
challenging in order to excite the minds of the student and to keep up with the video
games and social media. Students need to realize there is a world of knowledge beyond
Facebook and Twitter and we need them to be curious about that knowledge.
We as future teachers also have the World Wide Web, Youtube and social
medias to use as our tools to excite and hold the interest of our students. For example,
the use of using Blog for one of my classes this semester is the first time I have used a
Blog. I find it a good way to interact with my classmates and to be able to view their
opinions on a particular topic and to comment and discuss the topic outside the
classroom.
Moving into and teaching in the 21st Century Education is a positive approach
and it’s beneficial for both the students and educators of the world. We should use as
much technology that is available to use to be the motivators of the future doctors,
lawyers and politicians of the world.

There are differences and similarities between Facebook and Twitter. Both sites are used to interact with other people and to post your status information about yourself or to post what your are doing. Facebook is more for friends and family to stay connected after school or if your family lives in a different state. It allows your family members to stay connected. You can IM them or share pictures and videos with each other. You are also able to play games within Facebook and play games with your friends. Twitter is a little bit different, you can still be connected with your friends and family by following them but it is used for letting people know where you are or what you are up to at that moment of time. Twitter does not have games and does not allow your friends to send game requests. Twitter can be used for a more of a professional use. More companies today are trending towards Twitter than Facebook because it is more professionally based with less ads.

-Nick Cosenza-


As Bolter has described in “Refashioning the Writing Space” writing has evolved throughout the centuries. Writing originally began with cavemen writing hieroglyphics on walls in caves with stones. Today very small children are given iPads to write on in their classrooms. They do not even need a writing tool to write on their iPad they can use their finger or they can just talk into their iPad to relay the information to their tablet. The way we write, see and understand writing has come a long way. Before there was the World Wide Web and Google, where now we can just type in a search on our phone, computer or tablet to find out information; people would have to physically go to the local library and spend hours looking in an encyclopedia or combing through research books for information to do a research paper. Now in a matter of minutes just typing our inquiry on our computer, phone or tablet we can get thousands of views on the information we are seeking. It is mind boggling to see how much information is available to us at our fingertips without ever having to leave our house or classroom.

Today’s writing spaces are also beneficial for young children who might have a problem with reading. Some students are visual learners and find reading difficult to comprehend should find using the present day’s technology helpful. We now have such devices such as the Leapster, the Kindle and the Nook. Each of these devices have applications for children with learning and reading difficulties to assist them to understand the material. There are many reading and mathematical games that are visual and are interactive. This makes the learning process fun and easier to understand. It is amazing these days how many small children can operate these devices without being taught how to use them. Young children today are far more advanced and prepared when entering school than I feel I was when I had entered kindergarten. So even in the past sixteen years from when I entered kindergarten, technology and writing spaces have progressed.

Writing spaces do not have to just be about words and reading. There is also YouTube available on the Internet, that has many videos on how to do it yourself projects. This visual concept of space that is useful to people who do not like to read directions but understand information by visual learning.

Nevertheless, writing space is about conveying a writer’s message to the reader. So whether this information is on our computer or cell phone or whether it was written on a cave wall in stone it does not change the original idea of the writer. “Refashioning the Writing Space” improves on the presentation of the information and/or material to the person viewing the material.

-Nick Cosenza-


Bolter states how our culture is redefining the visual and conceptual space of writing, which is true. The high percentage of our reading and writing is done via the computer/internet/world wide web, whatever you want to say, has in a sense “taken over” the written text. The written text is concrete. It’s printed and that’s that. New technology is constantly changing and evolving, there is an endless supply of information at our fingertips. The physical space that writing occupies is something that can be difficult to describe, when you have actual printed text in front of you its concrete you can touch it you can feel it, it’s in your hands.

The writing space has become redefined in so many ways because of technology. In class we discussed the various ways of how to communicate through a writing space. As I’m typing this now, I realize how fascinating it is that I’m typing my thoughts and my words are able to appear right in front of my face. I have easy access in changing my writing if I make a mistake, if I want to add something in, or delete, even if I wanted to start entirely over I would be able to do so with a few clicks. When we text or instant message or BBM, tweet, etc.  We are communicating our thoughts and ideas so quickly and very efficiently. We are able to make our point fast and to the point. Without this virtual way of communicating, information would be difficult to receive and outdated by the time we accessed it. Changing the writing place allows us admittance to new information all of the time. We are always being updated with what’s new and are able to keep up with the latest trends.

Bolter discusses how when we use the web to visit information we think of it as visiting the sites instead of the sites actually delivering to us. I thought that was a very interesting concept. I indeed think of myself visiting a website or a space, to visit their information instead of the servers delivering us the information. Maybe I’m misunderstanding this concept or maybe he’s just merely stating something that I’m overanalyzing and looking into too deeply. I’m not sure but I am curious as how other people viewed this thought.

I also am interested as to what other people thought of his views (or not necessarily his, but others) of where thinking ends and the “materiality of writing begins.” At first I thought that this was easy because the writing space clearly begins when you create the actual space with words. As I thought a little deeper however, I wasn’t so sure. If you use your thoughts and ideas to form the writing space isn’t that a part of it? But how can it be if no one can physically see it and its constantly changing to form exactly what you want to say and how to say it. Maybe the writing space is the actual materiality of the written word; otherwise the writing space would be endless just like our minds.

 

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