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Today, over 3,000 of the Web 2.0 applications and services are available on the Web and many of them have great potentials in teaching and learning. The image link shown below was a presentation I delivered at the 2011 TxDLA 14th Conference in San Antonio two weeks ago. This presentation offers a list of 15 of the best Web 2.0 applications for teachers. These Web 2.0 tools are free and valuable to teachers and students.


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Developments in computing technology have transformed the Internet.  Starting as an obscure file sharing network between researcher’s computers, the Web has become a robust virtual world of media and information. Skills with online marketing, branding, and collaborative work are now vital for the growth of modern businesses. Competitive companies expect their employees to be technologically literate and wish to hire and promote employees who are comfortable enough to create, communicate, collaborate, and innovate with emerging technology tools. Accordingly, mastering Web 2.0 technologies gives students a strong edge within industries, such as Fashion Merchandising, which are quick paced and rapidly evolving.

Dr. Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong, my colleague in fashion merchandising at the University of Southern Mississippi, and I gave a presentation yesterday at the 2011 Creating Future Through Technology Conference (CFTTC) in Bilxoi, Mississippi.  In this presentation, we introduced three groups of Web 2.0 technologies (collaboration tools, presentation enhancers, and branding and promotion tools).  We believe that familiarity with these categories of tools will increase students’ marketability and help them succeed in their chosen careers.  In addition, we offered recommendations on numerous Web 2.0 tools and provided examples on how students can gain experience using these tools for real-world scenarios and tasks pertinent to the Fashion Merchandising industry.

Below is our presentation, please feel free to offer your comments and suggestions.  Thanks.



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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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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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