The Pen

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A PPT about the use of the pen in schools with an emphasis on Don Ihde's ideology

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  • Go over the history of the pen using the notes from the RING Pen website.
  • Embodiment -transparent something we don’t even think about when we are using it a blind person’s cane like the ring pen (http://www.ringpen.com/index0.html)Hermeneutics interpret, explain, how we see the world like a map books allow us to see a new world like a pen and writingAlterity see it as anotherpresent-at-handthe present-at-hand only emerges from the prior attitude in which we care about what is going on and we see the hammer (or pen) in a context or world of equipment that is handy or remote, and that is there "in order to" do something. Presence-at-hand is not the way things in the world are usually encountered, and it is only revealed as a deficient or secondary mode, e.g., when a hammer breaks it loses its usefulness and appears as merely there, present-at-hand. When a thing is revealed as present-at-hand, it stands apart from any useful set of equipment but soon loses this mode of being present-at-hand and becomes something, for example, that must be repaired or replaced.ready to hand a hammer (or pen): it is ready-to-hand; we use it without theorizing because it works only when it breaks or something goes wrong might we see the hammer (or pen) as present-at-hand, just lying thereBackground take for granted like a house thermostat like a pen
  • 600-1800 ADThe Europeans found that writing on parchment with a quill pen altered the style of their writing. At first they used capital letters all the time, but later they developed faster styles with small letters. Quill Pens (firstly appeared in Seville, Spain) were the writing instrument from 600 to 1800 AD. 
  • 1884  Lewis Edson Waterman, insurance broker invented the first proper fountain pen. Is texting and cell phones any different than the pen? Put that down. Put that away. Is this about control?
  • 1945€56.75 per share todayBIC has sold 100 billion of these pens.http://www.bicworld.com/us/homepage/homepage/
  • Good example of embodiment.
  • http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverviewPage?sid=dnz9BcLJP0R9
  • How did/does the pen change the teaching and learning environment?What are the consequences of deciding to use a pen in the classroom?King Ammon (Thamus in Greek) said to Theuth about his invention:...this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.Socrates’ objections to writing. He worried that reliance on writing would erode memory (it has!), but also, and maybe more importantly, that reading would mislead students to think that they had knowledge, when they only had data.We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us. Have pens and writing shaped us?
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