Unfortunately this journal is slightly outdated from 2008, however reasserts my argument in the topic. It discusses the concepts surrounding mobiles devices and social networking and how they can be used to teach languages. Integrating face book’s social networking to support the learners, by “linking through Facebook updates” to class content. It supports my view that we’re slowly relying more and more on technology to connect with others because they’ve gone to the extent of integrating social networks with schools.
Rogers touches on the way in which computers intrude on our lives, and the regularity of it “extending more into this world”. Owners of iPhones are commenting on the domination and replacement of memory, assisted due to use of a mobile phone. He also discusses the increase in time spent and devotion of effort towards communication with friends and family, due to the fact that so many people operate with a mobile phone in the current age.
The paper reinforces my argument commenting on the extent in which computers continue to intrude on our lives and the way in which we as humans are communicating less because of it.
Ramirez approaches the conversation of merging of virtual worlds and social networks which speaks true to my argument statement. He comments on future life of the internet, and the idea of it growing into a “browsable metaverse” which sounds like something with potential for the near future. While two dimensional environments exist online, Ramirez talks of the potential for a third, where each user has an avatar, as a representation of who we are. It is simply an extension of our body. The paper has positively supported my argument, how much technology is evolving and the reliance we hold on it as a medium of communication.
Gerardo, F., & Ramirez, T. (2013). Individually Social: Approaching the Merging of Virtual Worlds, the Semantic Web, and Social Networks. In R. Teigland, & D. Power, The Immersiver Internet: Reflecions on the Entangling of the Virtual with Society, Politics and the Economy. Palgrave Macmillan.
Godwin-Jones, R. (2008). Emerging Technologies Mobile-Computing Trends: Lighter, Faster, Smarter . Language Learning & Technology , 12 (3), 3–9.
Rogers, Y. (2009). The Changing Face of Human-Computer Interaction in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing. In Y. Rogers, A. Holzinger, & K. Miesenberger (Eds.), HCl and Usability for e-Inclusion. Linz, Austria: Springer.