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This is a thought provoking video presentation produced by TED in last September.  In this video, education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

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A survey report, “Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes,” was recently released by Cengage Learning.  The survey was conducted by research and consulting firm Eduventures and was administered to 751 students and 201 instructors across the United States in December 2010.  This is the second Cengage Learning/Eduventures survey designed to uncover how educational technology impacts overall student engagement and learning outcomes.

 

According to survey results, students and instructors do agree that educational technology can enhance engagement, which can lead to improved learning outcomes.

  • A majority (58 percent) of instructors believe that technology in courses positively impacts student engagement.
  • Seventy-one percent of instructors that rated student engagement levels as “high” report seeing a great benefit to learning outcomes as a result of using technology in courses.
  • Seventy-one percent of students who are employed full-time and seventy-seven percent of students who are employed part-time prefer more technology-based tools in the classroom.

In addition, students and instructors have seen technology improve engagement in the past 12 months.

  • 79 percent of instructors and 86 percent of students have seen the average level of engagement improve over the last year as they have increased their use of digital educational tools.
  • Additionally, 67 percent of students reported they preferred courses that use a great deal of technology, a nine percent increase from the previous year.
  • Similarly, 58 percent of instructors said they prefer teaching courses that use a great deal of technology, a 10 percent increase from 2009.

For more information on the results, read the press release or the complete survey results here.

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I have made numerous presentations on the free technology tools for teachers in the past MECA conferences and have always received very positive comments from the audience. Because of the great success I had in the past, I gave another presentation this year which was somewhat similar with what I presented in previous years. However, my presentation this year focuses on 10 selective essential online tools that I believe are powerful as well as valuable to teachers and students. Below is the presentation I recently delivered at the 2011 MECA Conference on February 8, 2001 in Jackson, Mississippi. Please feel free to make comments or recommend your free online tools. Thanks.

http://goo.gl/AFT1V

 

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Diigo is a social bookmarking tool that allows teachers and students to save websites into a public or private library, share them with others in your network, highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. The annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to others.

Diigo provides rich tagging capability as well as folders for better information organization, and group annotation for better collaboration. Diigo allows students to search the full-text of a teacher’s collections, or just within a teacher’s highlights. Also, Diigo allows teachers to highlight critical features within text and images and write comments directly on the web pages, to collect and organize series of web pages and web sites into coherent and thematic sets, and to facilitate online conversations within the context of the materials themselves.  Furthermore, teachers can create a free teacher account through which they can create student accounts.  Diigo’s student accounts require no email address, can be kept private, and can also be grouped so that students can share resources they find with each other. Diigo is more than just a social bookmarking tool.  It is a powerful research tool and a knowledge sharing community for teachers and students.

The following presentation was recently delivered at the 2011 Mississippi Educational Computing Association (MECA) Conference in Jackson, Mississippi on February 8, 2011.  Please feel free to provide comments and suggestions.  Thanks.

 

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A great video produced by Justin Tarte, a teacher at Seckman High School in Imperial, MO.  With the huge push for technology in schools, Justin asked what his students thought about their feelings toward technology in schools.  Here are 25 responses from his students.

 

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