Journal Entry for Sherry Turkle’s “How Computers Change the Way We Think”

Journal #3—Sherry Turkle, “How Computer Change the Way We Think”

Recapping: Sherry Turkle starts her essay with her first encounter on how computers change the way we think. Turkle discusses the transition from slide rules to calculators and how it was difficult for that transition for college students. The author continues on and talks about how technology gives people a new way to think about what it means to know and understand. Also, Turkle focuses on privacy and how students tend to be willing to provide personal information with no safeguards. Turkle talks about computer programs being developed to tie into educational system. For example, PowerPoint and Word processing are programs that are involved in the education system. Also, game programs are being developed for the computer. The author concludes on how everyone is computer literate and the computer is a different way of seeing the world.

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Connecting: I can connect with this essay by Sherry Turkle. Sherry talks about how computer programs are being part of the educational system. When I was in high school I used computer programs, such as Microsoft word, everyday. Using these programs help makes us computer literate and comfortable with the use of computers. It also gave me a different way to think about material and made me more creative.

 

Pondering: Some question I have for the author is what made her so interested in how computer change the way we think? Also how did the author decide to discuss this topic instead of another topic? Will the author follow up and write another essay about how computer change the way we think? Word Count: 50

 

Appreciating: One part I appreciate is when the author mentions how computer programs are being developed to tie in with the educational system. Kindergarteners are learning how to use PowerPoint and Word and many other computer programs and I think that is great because it gives kids a new way to think at a young age.

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