What are students saying about the value and use of technology?

What I found amazing about the research study of ownership, use, and value of technology for personal and academic purposes were the student voices and the statistics indicating the usage of technology. One comment mentioned that the tools are available but not used. I would suggest that student voices become part of the discussion when it comes to what types of technology should be delivered to provide value and quality education. It appeared from the study that the resources available to students online is what they are missing or seeking in some cases. How do we meet the needs of students that are looking for resources and tools to connect them with their institution of higher learning?

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A Post from the Blended Course Writers Workshop:An ongoing experience

At Moser College the Blended Course Writers share a site in D2L  where they post up ideas and share their thoughts to gain greater knowledge and enhance their expertise in technology. I wanted to share the thoughts from one course writer on the use and value of technology and blended instruction

Merlot (http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm) is a great resource for multimedia education articles and materials (especially their MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching).

I found this article, Exploring the Advantages of Blended Instruction at Community Colleges and Technical Schools by Laura Lloyd-Smith (2010). In the article she says “good classroom teachers have always blended methods, incorporating reading, writing, discussion, audio/film, projects and practice. Using the right teaching method, in the right situation and for the right purpose, should be a guiding design principle of all exemplary instructors” (Smith). I cannot agree more! A good teacher needs as many “tricks of the trade” as s/he can find.

In Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 200), students investigate racial prejudice and the “social racial construct.” Prior to class students are asked to read two points of view from the Taking Sides case concerning race (one anthropologist who finds the definition race as being useful and one who finds it to be detrimental). This is an independent reading assignment that targets a low level of Bloom. In class, students then engage in a culture activity where they are broken up in to two groups. Each group is asked to portray a fictional culture and interact with one another. They are then asked to evaluate the opposite culture and reflect on their experience (higher level of Bloom). In the Blended Model, we can then reinforce this activity by exploring PBS The Power of Illusion website (http://www.pbs.org/race/002_SortingPeople/002_00-home.htm). Here the students can sort twenty people, trying to determine race by facial features, skin color and hair. Typically, students find that their preconceived notions of race are wrong. This reinforces the experience of the culture activity and the Taking Sides reading.In this way, Blended Learning allows me to investigate a key concept of my course, through visual, audio, reading, and kinesthetic learning strategies.

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Crayon Corporation says the Corner Office is a Thing of the Past

Crayon Corporation is holding virtual meetings and take a moment to see how they do it!

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Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg

Susan B. Barnes of Fordham University states that it was the vision, creativity and ingenuity that drove Alan Kay to be the leader and mover on concepts relative to how we use computers today. Currently Kay’s team is at Disney’s Imagineering Division and has a nonprofit educational website to create, develop, and distribute multimedia documents. His most memorable contribution to the world of computing is the realization of his vision of computers emerging from being the text-based office information system to the personal multimedia communication device that we all love and use today.

Adele Goldberg, a trailblazer and one of the first women in technology to harness acclaim for her innovative ideas in computer science was a key contributor along with Alan Kay to create instill the ideas surrounding the creation of the tablet computer with multiple object overlapping that we take for granted today

Thank you Adele Goldberg

Thank you Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, together they paved the way for us to multitask and intertwine streams of technology into our everyday lives.

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BENEFITS OF USING HYPERMEDIA DOCUMENTS-OH MY

I found the Hypermedia topic to be very informative and appropriate because recently I was introduced to using a Hypermedia Document in place of WORD and the benefits to both the user and the designer far supercedes the old tech.

Changing from a traditional WORD DOCUMENT to a hypermedia document is really a smooth transition. If you are typically comfortable using websites, interactive devices and other forms of technology, using a hypermedia document will be seamless.
Tech with Purpose: A hypermedia document allows us to incorporate more and more technology in our teaching methods. However, we need to make sure we are doing so with purpose.
Visuals can be stimulating: The hypermedia document can be visually stimulating. Why did the iPod take off when other MP3 players were unsuccessful? Aesthetics!

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Hypertext/Hypermedia – Doug Engelbart

Q- Did you ever wonder who invented the ability to jump around on the screen from object to object by the click of a (MOUSE)?

A- Ask Doug Engelbart

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The Library of the Future: eBook Reader Kindle, Nook vs. Apple I-Pad

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As a consumer, the Kindle 2 changed my life. In essence, I gained more hours in my day, which enabled me to believe in the possibilities of what saving both time and money could yield from an off the shelf gadget. For example, I would spend time traveling between Borders, Barnes and Noble, and libraries looking for books to either purchase or borrow. Once I received the Kindle 2, I cancelled subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, saved on gasoline usage and found it to be a useful and economical resource for accessing research material for papers. I received my Kindle 2 as a gift on March 20, 2009 and it arrived on the shelves for purchase in February of 2009. I would suggest that the Kindle 2 has been a worthwhile investment and has made a positive impact upon changes in my life while having served a useful purpose.

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