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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.

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I came across this guide offering 20 Web tools that can be used to empower teaching and learning.  It is a great resource for EFL/ESL teachers.

http://issuu.com/anamariacult/docs/webtoolsappliedtoteaching

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The Web 2.0 applications hold profound potentials in education because of their open nature, ease of use and support for effective collaboration and communication. They change the traditional view of human knowledge and open up more opportunities in teaching and learning.  Today, many teachers are exploring the use of Web 2.0 tools into teaching and learning.  However, many researchers agree that studies of teachers’ perceptions and opinions are critical because teachers’ perceptions are significant to the implementation of technology innovations in teaching and learning.  About nine months ago, Patrivan Yuen and I conducted a study on teachers’ use and perceptions of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning.  It was our hope that the findings of this study would provide useful information that enable administrators and teacher educators to better understand teachers’ use and perceptions of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning. Consequently, a well focused course or training program for pre and in-service teachers integrating Web 2.0 technologies in education could be design, developed, and implemented.

Last week, I presented this study in a concurrent session at the 2010 SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) Conference in San Diego.  This presentation examines teachers’ use of Web 2.0 tools in education, assesses their awareness and perceptions of the pedagogical benefits of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning, and investigates their interests and willingness of adopting Web 2.0 tools to support and supplement classroom instruction.  Below is our presentation.  Please feel free to provide any comments and suggestions.   Thanks.

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I conducted a hands-on workshop yesterday on the integration of social networking in online teaching and learning at the 2010 Creating Futures Through Technology Pre-Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Below is the first part of my presentation. Please feel free to provide comments and suggestions here.  Thanks.

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For the past month, I have viewed several videos regarding teaching and technology. I think they are well made. Teachers, administrators, and parents should watch them and learn.

Evolution of Technology and Teaching

Advances in technology have powered paradigmatic shifts in education (Frick, 1991). This video was made to encourage teachers to use technology in new ways to support and transform erstwhile ways of teaching and learning. Unfortunately, this video is no longer allowed to be embedded into a blog.  So, here is the link:

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suWzpLmRH0g]

Why We Need to Teach Technology in School?

This video describes the importance of technology in schools. Technology prepares students for lives in the future. It also engages students in learning.

Are kids different because of digital media?

The video was created by MacArthur Foundation (www.digitallearning.macfound.org). The MacArthur Foundation committed $50 million to explore how technology is changing kids and learning,

Children Using Technology to Learn

This movie was made by Gosford, a TAFE Outreach student in Australia, for her major assignment in the Digital Movie Making course.

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