From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies. Dennis Baron. This article contained some interesting facts about the origins of. In “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies,” Dennis Baron attempts to explain the histories of writing technologies. Baron, Dennis. (). From pencils to pixels: The stages of literacy technologies . In Gail E. Hawisher & Cynthia L. Selfe (Eds.), Passions.

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Pencils to Pixels

We have a way of getting so used to writing technologies that we come to think of them as natural rather than technological. The next major technological advancement discussed is the computer, which started as a means to do complex pixesl calculations. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. But to do these things, he was also an engineer and marketing expert.

I have always been a person who really enjoyed history and I learned a lot of things about the pencil that—like Baron says—I often overlooked because of its simplicity. This site uses cookies.

Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies”

Let thy blood be thy direction till thy death! Later, Baron discusses the development and evolution of new literacy technologies. As writing technology developed over the centuries, additional ways of authenticating text came into use. For a written document to be formally accepted as the original work of the author, many preferred to continue to use ink, which cannot be easily erased.

Once telephones became more established they started to replace other technologies such as the telegraph. You are commenting using your WordPress. The scribe is inconsistent in spacing, size of script, and spelling, suggesting lack of familiarity with this type of document. Computer operators actually scorned the thought of using their powerful number-crunchers to process mere words.


Pizels was also neat to read an article about computers that was written in Thoreau did not ascribe transcendent value to pencils. As Petroski tells it, the pencil industry in the eighteenth century was buffeted by such vagaries as the unpredictable supply of graphite, dwindling cedar forests, protective tariffs, and, for much of its history, an international consumer preference for British-made pencils. So the writers and users of documents had to develop their own means of authentication.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives suggested that inner-city school children should try laptops to improve their performance. Errors can be inadvertently introduced when print documents are scanned.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I can accept the advice of a bicycle mechanic I know, because we have a history, but posters to denniss newsgroup are all strangers to me.

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Thoreau and Pencil Technology. Computer gurus offer us a brave new world of communications where we will experience cognitive changes of a magnitude never before known. It starts to become more familiar to users, which allows it to evolve into new uses and forms. People had to learn how to converse on the telephone: The stages of literacy technologies.

Theories of Literacy

In addition, researchers tend to look at the cutting edge when they examine pixelx technology affects literacy. Futurologists write books predicting that computers will replace books.


Once they became established, telephones were sometimes viewed as replacements for earlier technologies. But just as writing in the middle ages was able to move beyond earlier limitations, computer word processing has now moved beyond the texts made possible by earlier technologies by adding not just graphics, but animation, video, and sound to documents.

Each writing technology underwent some form of criticism in its beginning years but as time went on they have become known as grom rather than technological. He had better business sense than that. Regardless of the value parents and teachers still place on knowing math facts, calculators are now indispensable in math class.

The first stage is the invention of the new technology, and then comes the accessibility, function, and finally, authentication. Both the supporters and the critics of new communication technologies like to compare them to the good, or bad, old days. The engineer Henry Petroski portrays the development of the wood-cased pencil pixls a paradigm of the engineering process, hinging on the solution of two essential problems: Stating that the development of the pencil is not all that different from that of the computer.

According to one school of anthropology, the invention ddennis writing triggered a cognitive revolution in human development for a critique of this so-called Great Divide theory of writing, see Street