Taking Ownership


I really enjoyed Clive Thompson's discussion of public writing in the "Digital School" chapter of Smarter Than You Think. It's really interesting how the high school students described in the book treated writing in an online public forum completely differently than writing a paper for a teacher's eyes only. The most compelling difference for me was the ownership the students took over their writing when they knew it could be read by the public.


Adapting to Different Standards of Writing


We obviously write differently for different people. Here is where I found a great list of words that should never be used in an essay. Here are some other words I was taught never to use:

Obviously/clearly--if it's obvious or clear, you shouldn't have to explain it.
Because (at the beginning of a sentence)
In conclusion--this says that everything that follows is something you've already read
I/me/anything in first person unless the prompt specifically asks for something about you
?--you're supposed to answer questions, not pose more.

Audience Affects


How does writing (and/or designing) for a public audience affect what you say, how you think about your work and what difference it might make?
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for an audience, you tend to write leaning towards what you think your audience wants to read, The difference it makes it that you may write very differently according to who you are writing for. For example, I would write a very different short story for my brother versus writing for my English Professor. The type of words used would be different, the length and depth would all be very different. Writing for an audience s

Audience motivates good Writing


Writing is not the easiest of tasks. It is sometimes hard enough to collect your thoughts and much harder to put those thoughts down on paper. It is especially difficult to write about something that you are not interested in, which is something that often occurs in classrooms. Thompson’s book Smarter Than You Think gives the example of a teacher who encouraged his students to write online, and in this way the students wrote for an audience, and not just for a teacher. This motivated students to really take an interest in writing.

I Like Wikipedia, Okay?


The chapter "Digital School" in Thompson's book, Smarter Than You Think is all too real for all of us in this class right now. I found myself relating to this chapter in pretty much every different situation that Thompson was talking about. Take the example that he used to bring up that teachers must now teach how to find creditable sources. The students always choose the first few links in a Google search even though they were wildly uncredited. I must say that I am guilty of doing this and am an avid user of Wikipedia which is known to be misguided sometimes.


The Power of a bookbook


The readings this week about Digital School and Ambient Awareness this week were really interesting to me because I would fail miserably in digital school. I find it interesting that a person can go online and study. To a certain extent I agree, I do almost all of my research online and writing papers would be miserable if I had to complete them by hand. However, reading online and interacting online with teachers and tutors would be the end to my GPA.

Writing and Designing for a Public Audience


computerTo be honest, I love this book. “Smarter than You Think” addresses key problems and situations in our society that focuses on the move towards a technological future. With regards to writing for a public audience, I think that having that extra pressure encourages me to do better with my work. When we write to just turn into our professor, the pressure to perform well is there, but less. Writing for a public audience is scary, and also adds another aspect to writing: interest.

Star Trek: Into Darkness (Khan)


The readings about Digital School and Ambient Awareness this week were really interesting to me. I especially enjoyed the section on Digital School because I tend to learn better when studying a lesson online. In high school, I had a lot of troubles with math and attended many tutoring sessions during the week outside of class just to be able to keep up. Tutoring helped, but the subject was still a huge struggle for me.