As we get further and further into the digital era, we have new problems that arise. Some of the issues that arise is with all these digital tools that help the user, such as Zotero, which formats cited sources automatically. Zotero is very helpful for putting the information down, however you must be careful to double check it because Zotero is not 100% accurate. I personally like to manually enter in sources when creating a bibliography. Cameron Blevins wrote about how the thought of history is changing from thoughts and theories, to new technologies. Which I can agree with because the focus begins to shift to how will the facts be displayed, rather than the facts themselves.
Blogging for Your Students by David Voelker talks about the benefits of blogging for students. By blogging openly and publicly, a user is aware of what they are putting out to the public and thus making their responses more planned and thoughtful. In that respect, I believe that blogging publicly helps students develop in their digital image and their thought process.
What We Learned from Writing in the Digital Age brings perspective to how much change we have walked through with the grow of digital tools. Some people “vividly describe how digital tools enabled them to uncover richer interpretations of source materials that they otherwise would not have discovered,” and I support new ways of presentations, but only as long as the history itself is not becoming distorted.
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I was glad you pointed out in class the less than 100% reliability of Zotero. I was impressed when you stated that you still like to note take the old fashioned way. It is always better to know how to do something manually than to rely on a “quick” but possibly flawed fix.