I’m coming toward the end of my time here at San Francisco State University, and one thing that’s been on my mind since last week isn’t where am I going to apply for work or do I need a tweed sport coat now since I’m going to be an English instructor? Instead, I’m debating on whether or not I should fork out additional $2.50 on a new highlighter with so little time left as a grad student. Digitally, I can highlight a PDF file all night long, but since all my readings aren’t available digitally, I’ll probably have to suck it up and buy (or steal) a highlighter to get by until December 13th (my last day, hopefully, wink, wink to you Kory, the greatest instructor of all time). I actually find myself beginning to finally embrace the whole digital literacy world…and perhaps even preferring it.
While diligently reading this weeks texts, as I have since day one of the M.A. Program, I couldn’t help but take a liking to the section about hybrid classes from Warnock’s Teaching Writing Online: How & Why. I think that since my time here in the program, and for sake of ENG 708, I’ve definitely changed my views in terms of digital literacy and how we cannot just utilize it but take full advantage of it in our composition classrooms. From being skeptical in my first blog and second blog of this semester, I can honestly admit that I’ve finally come to realize how digital technology can enhance a classroom and broaden our students in this new age, as opposed to frighten them and cause them to resist this new age of digital reform, which were how I generally viewed such practices.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still proud to admit I’m a member of the old
school. I hand write checks, I buy CDs and I even call my friends when I want to see how they’re doing. I know though that not everyone can be as groovy as me, especially these youngsters. So that’s where the idea of the hybrid class comes into play. I think the hybrid class is a way for someone such as myself to reach students on a classical level, one in which I’ve been a part of my whole life with the teacher in the front, and a class full of students at desks. But it’s safe to say, that students, and more importantly, people are moving towards, if they haven’t already, into a field dominated by computers, smart phones, email and all other various forms of technology. In a sense, we’ve taken the basic skills technology class, and mixed it with the composition class. I feel it’s only fair to combine the two, especially in the age in which we find ourselves today and where we see ourselves in the future. I’m curious if perhaps, the hybrid class will eventually drop the word hybrid and simply just be called English Class? I feel that where we are going technologically speaking, it may be difficult to avoid the inevitable. Perhaps if not in the next five to ten years, then perhaps at least in, say, 20 or so years from now.
I’m glad I’ve finally come around and have convinced myself that digital literacy is not just some form of technology out there for some of us. In fact it’s a tool which is available for all of us, especially as English instructors. If a groovy, old school dude such as myself can be convinced, then I’m sure the rest of this crazy college place can as well. Besides, imagine all the money we’ll be saving on highlighters!