Throughout the semester I was surprised at how much I learned from this class. I didn’t pay much attention to the objective list, so when I read it for this section of the project I was a little surprised. I learned a lot of the objects that were listed as well as a few other things. The biggest impact from the list would have been the importance of grammar and mechanics. I never paid much attention to how I wrote, as long as it sounded alright. Now, I understand just how important it is to look back on what I wrote and to make sure the grammar and spelling is important. Also would be the order of paragraphs. I usual would throw them together and not pay attention on whether or not it flowed but I’ve learned why that’s actually pretty important. Other things I’ve learned in this class would have to be that thoroughly researching something is important yes, but choosing a topic that you enjoy, or that really means something to you, is also very important. This class really made my final decision on whether or not I wanted to peruse a degree in English. I learned a lot of vital things in this class that would help me later in life if I obtained a job in editing or writing. I believe my abilities to find sources that pertain to my subject, even if it’s not directly stated, has improved as well. I was able to learn how to find sources that by themselves would make no sense with my topic, but once thrown into it that fit perfectly.
Lastly, I like to think my writing style has actually improved in this semester. I looked back on old papers I wrote and was surprised at how much I changed in style. My older papers were rawer, and even a little immature whereas now my topics never can focus 100% on one side of the story. All of my papers since I’ve taken this class have somewhat smoothly incorporated both sides of the store giving me an unbiased opinion on most things which I’m grateful for.
St. Peter, Elaine. "E-Readers Foil Good Night's Sleep." HMS. N.p., 4 Jan. 2015. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.
Harvard Conducted a study on how e-books affect the body, if used before bed. They discovered that it messes up the chemicals in the body and even suppresses some of the important ones. The study lasted around 2 weeks and included 12 participants. They read e-books for a specified amount of time before bed and then switched to print books and performed the same task but with the print books this time. They proved that the blue light coming from the technology messed with the sleep cycle, made it harder to fall asleep and even made them more tired in the morning. They even included a statement from a Ph.D holder that talked about the decline in sleep of people over the past 50 years and how t seeped directly correlated with technology. Meaning that in all, printed books were proven to be a healthier choice when trying to find something to read before bed.
Noyes, Katherine. "Why E-Books Are Bad for You." PCWorld. PCWorld, 09 June 2011. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.
A study was conducted to show how e-books were a step backwards in advancements. In an article titled “The danger of E-Books” he explains this further. It speaks about how the copyright process is more complicated. With a physical book, once you hand over the money, it’s yours to do whatever you want, be I write in it, dog tag, rip out pages, and some laws even allow scanning and copying. With e-books you can do none of the above. As well as if a company decides the book needs recalled for whatever reason, most places like Amazon can just delete it from your library and may not even refund you. Stallman later suggests that we should “reject e-books until they respect out freedom” and then goes on to suggest other ways to support our authors like doubling some of the taxes given to the authors, or make a process where the reader could donate to the author
Harven, Michelle. "Top 5 Problems with Technology in Education Today." EdTech Times. N.p., 02 Nov. 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.
Edtechtimes made a top 5 list about the issues with technology in today’s education. The 5th explaining that it’s a “Crutch”. It explains that some think critical thinking is dying and how spelling isn’t tested much anymore because of spell check. It references how because everything is googled, so students are “copying and pasting their knowledge” The 4th is “The crash” and how excuses like “my dog ate my homework” has changed to “the computer crashed” and it does happen. It explains the struggle of “rookies” cursing the computers for stealing hours of work because of one human error or another. Then there is the problems of access and whether or not they can use the technology. The 3rd is called “The Old Timer” and talks about how some teachers don’t use the tech their given because they believe in the way they had already been doing it, and don’t want to change up. But then teachers don’t get proper teaching themselves on the tech and it isn’t used right. The 2nd is “The Facebook” and just talks about how easily kids get distracted by media and such when they have a computer in front of them and how it’s hard to get around, and the last “The Band-Aid”. This idea is explained that tech is supposed to be able to save our education and how it’s a double edged sword.
Flood, Alison. "Readers Absorb Less on Kindles than on Paper, Study Finds." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 19 Aug. 2014. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.
This article explains how e-book readers don’t seem to be able to retain as much as physical book readers. These studies were conducted with kindles as well and it was always the same result. The study was given to 50 readers, 25 read a 28-page story on kindle and the rest in paper-back, then tested on aspects of the story like objects, characters and settings. They also did a study on the emotional responses rom reading in the two ways. The results showed that readers with the actually paper could get immersed in the story whereas the kindle and e-book readers were rather detached. It was also shown that kindle readers were significantly worse at putting a plot in order (they were given 14 events). So it was suggested "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does".
Bushak, Lecia. "Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again." Medical Daily. IBT Media Inc, 12 Jan. 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.
This source was a much more detailed list on not only the authors experiences with both forms of reading but also a list of 3 main issues e-books can cause. He begins by explaining how he felt better after reading a physical book, and the next morning he also found himself pondering the series he read. The 1st point, titled “You’re missing out on important information” tells about a study done on how readers reacted emotionally with tales, and how e-book readers couldn’t quite recall intense emotions or much of the plot after reading it. The 2nd point dually titled “E-books get in the way of sleepy time” explains how using technology before going to bed can mess with the chemicals in your brain. It tells how physical books take you away from the daily struggles and clears your mind which in turn is likely to make you sleepier. The 3rd and final point titled “Screens=Stress” talks about the mental effects of physical books vs e-books. It explains that technology late at night is a direct link to things like high stress levels, fatigue and sometimes even depression. It also mentions fractured focus and smaller attention spans.
Kalb, Guyonne R.j., and Jan C. Van Ours. "Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life?" SSRN Electronic Journal SSRN Journal (n.d.): n. pag. Department of Education and Childhood Development. The Univeristy of Melbourn, 2012. Web. 2016.
The 6th source I used was a pdf done by The University of Melbourne on the connections reading has, between parents reading to children at a young ager and their children’s reading and cognitive skills at a later age. It even included a bulleted list on exactly was tested like reading skills, language skills, national assessment program, non-cognitive measures relating to physical and socio-emotional outcomes. This source uses a lot of charts and talks about how children’s cognation grows with them and how effective reading to a child at a very young age, is. The research proves that reading to your child at a young age is likely to affect them up to age 10-11 or maybe even older. The results also showed a “casual” effect on “important” things like test scores and general schooling outcomes. It later explains how parental involvement in the child’s education is a factor that will positively benefit them in the future.
Walker, Memet. “New Study Suggests Ebooks Could Negatively Affect How We Comprehend What We Read.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 17 Apr. 2014, college.usatoday.com/2014/04/17/print-vs-ebooks-it-is-so-e-on/.
This source combines a few different studies on how having tech in the class room and do more harm than good. It goes I detail about how easily kids can get side tracked and how it takes valuable class time away because of things like dead batteries, not being able to find a charger, or not being able to access something. They also talk about how there is a different feeling when you have to physically open a book and find the page instead of just typing it in. Then there are the classes that need a more face-to-face approach that online books can’t help with. One talks about the issue of if you get bored with a book then you can easily switch to Facebook or other media. They only option they talk about in this article is if the e-book was self-contained, which in today’s world would be unlikely.
Baron, Naomi S. “Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 19 Apr. 2015, www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-s-baron/read-on-screen-learning_b_6681500.html?utm_hp_ref=books.
In this source it starts with talking about the importance of reading in early Greek teaching and how helpful the basic lessens, like learning the alphabet, were. It then continues to talk about the importance of critical thinking and gives multiple different people’s opinions on how its defined. It then continues to talk about different curriculums and how technology seems to be shaping them. It later states that both teachers and students are wondering what effects technology truly has on how we critically think about things. With physical texts we try to scan it but still read it. With tech based books we just Ctrl+F it and don’t get any other context. In the end the studies done by the author stated (like the rest) that reading a physical book if much more beneficial to the reader then an e-book is. It also talks about deep reading towards the end and even our analysis skills.
Publications, Harvard Health. “Blue Light Has a Dark Side.” Harvard Health, USA , May 2012, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side
The last source on my list talks about the effects of Blue Light on the chemistry of our mind. It claims that these have a good effect on the brain during the day, enhancing reaction time and moods but after night falls, the article starts to explain how the light from the technology can mess with our internal clock. It also talks about the correlation between our internal clock and the secretion of melatonin. It even goes further to explain how the study, which was done by students at Harvard University, had compared different types of colored lights and explained how the blue light from phones affects us may more negatively. By the end of the article it neatly sums everything up with a short bullet list that explains things we could do to help counteract all the negative effects that blue light has on our body.