In my experience, reading directly off the computer rather than from a book
is a skill that can be acquired by anyone.  It's difficult and almost
annoying at first, but it becomes easier over time.  (Besides, it saves the
trees, so why not try it.)  I prefer having a book in my hand but I know
computers are the literal future, so I force myself to try it from time to
time.  I like to think I have adjusted quite nicely!  (And the larger
monitor does help.) :-)

--Jessica Connor
Coordinator of Developmental Writing
Nova Southeastern University

-----Original Message-----
From: Barb Stout [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2000 1:12 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: from Academe Today

Hi : I have to answer this as a mother of an 11 y/o that has a computer
growing off her fingertips. Her generation amazes me!! She is going into the
6th grade and it is not so much that she has been taught the computer
there is no way the school showed her what she can do. They just assimilate
it!! For example, she has 2 or 3 web pages, downloads off of Napster (how
knows about this beats me--she doesn't read Newsweek or watch the news),
communicates with a buddy list of 20 - sometimes all at once, etc. There are
two things I notice about her. She doesn't like to read. I told her she had
read 3 books of her choosing this summer; she's not even through with the
second (and the books she chose were Harry Potter). Maybe she would read off
the computer?? Second, her spelling is terrible but they never spell
out on the computer; g2g, brb, all communication is in a symbol language.
my question, will they adjust to our way of doing things or will we change
their way??? Or maybe a little of both. Barb

Cathy Anderson wrote:

> This maybe an issue for those of us who didn't grow up with computers, but
> what about those who have grown up using computers since they started
> elementary school?  I wonder if the use of this technology will be as
> natural to them as reading books to gain knowledge is to us?
> Cathy Anderson
> LC/Gillette Campus
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Kaljumagi [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 4:14 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: from Academe Today
> >> While there may well be a renaissance in book culture, I question
> >>whether one is required.  What difference does it make whether paper
> >> and ink are used?  One of my favorite CDs is from Project Gutenberg.
> Over
> >> a thousand novels in my office in 1/4 inch of shelf space!
> > But do you actually enjoy reading those novels on a computer screen?
> It doesn't bother me at all really, though I should perhaps note that
> use a good quality 17" monitor at 640x480 and usually read with the
> seatback reclined.  I suspect eyestrain could occur if one tried to read
> tiny blurry type all day.
>  Prof. Eric Kaljumagi
>  LAC/Math
>  Mt. San Antonio College

Barbara M. Stout
Supplemental Instructional Specialist
The Learning Center
The University of Pittsburgh
311 Wm. Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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