December 6th, 2004

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Busy and bad

Wow, I've been busy this week. Haven't done any personal/recreational stuff on the computer since Sunday. I saw there were some e-mails in my hotmail account suggesting I have comments on my LJ, but I haven't checked them, nor have I responded to some others. Sorry.

Anyway, saw this story about how bad written communication these days is, primarily in e-mail. Let me tell you, I'll agree with this one 100%. When I'm getting people that e-mail w/o subjects, and there email body is something like "what do I need to do to apply thanks" with no signature or anything else, I'm not real happy. So, Ernie's quick lessons about writing business e-mails:

  1. USE A DAMN SUBJECT! I get probably upwards of 50 e-mails a day, and being able to scan subjects to find e-mails is very useful.

  2. There's a shift key on your keyboard. In fact, there's two of them. Learn what they're for.

  3. Those "funny" looking characters (.',) all have purposes. Maybe you should learn what they're for too.

  4. Sign your freaking e-mail if I don't know who you are.

  5. If you're applying for a job "" probably isn't the best address to use

So am I perfect? Absolutely not. I use a lot of ellipses (. . . ) rather than periods when I respond to people I know, and I used one of my "hairylunch" email addresses when I applied for my first VISTA year.

Looking through the discussion on Slashdot about this story, it's appalling how many people seem to think that it's okay because time is money, so writing a quick e-mail w/o proofreading is more efficient. At least this comment points out the fact that yes, time is money, but in the long run you lose more time when you don't communicate clearly.
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Computers in Education

So after I just finished writing a response to this thread I started over on Slashdot about computers in education, I saw that my brother had posted a link to this article about computers in education on his del.ic.ous page with the comment that "obviously teachers / methodology are more important."

Tony's absolutely right in that teachers and methodology are key - the Christian Science Monitor article he linked to even says "The most thorough studies have found computers to have little effect either way, he said, although some guiding principles are beginning to emerge." I'm personally still a huge advocate for computers, and technology in general, in education. Yes there's definitely a learning curve, and people are going to have to find ways to effectively utilize them, but the potential benefits seem huge in my mind. Of course, I'm someone who believes calculators are beneficial in the classroom . . .