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According to Google, Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web. So we will get a faster, simpler and more secure experience from the Chromebooks.  Chromebooks boot in 8 seconds and resume instantly with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash. Chromebooks will be available on June 6.  I can’t wait to test drive one.

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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.

http://prezi.com/suoreasmdbh9/15-must-have-web-tools-for-teachers/

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I recently found two great YouTube videos presenting interesting statistics as well as future predictions about mobile technology and mobile media.

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It is not surprising that 2010 was the year mobile connected the world. Armed with stunning statistics, facts, and visual cues, Mobile Future produced this informative video.  The video takes a tour of key consumer and technology mobile trends across an eventful year. Some highlights of the video include:

Massive increase in apps downloaded:

  • 5 billion apps downloaded – up from 300 million in 2009

Whopping expansion of location-based services

  • 5 million Foursquare users – up from 200,000 users in 2009

Surge in mobile social media platforms

  • 347 percent growth in Twitter mobile usage
  • 200 million mobile Facebook Users
  • 100 million YouTube videos played on mobile devices everyday

It is anticipated that mobile data traffic and apps will continue this phenomenal growth in 2011.  I think the mobile future is full of excitement and opportunity.

 

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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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Whether we are ready or not, the technology is changing our life even more so in the next few years. Watch “A Day Made of Glass” and take a look at Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it. Amazing, isn’t? I can’t wait for this happening. The technology like this will definitely change the way we live, work, play, and learn in the future.

 

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