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21st Century Technologies
This page is devoted to exploring questions such as:
What emerging technologies are becoming publicly available?
How are these emerging technologies currently being used outside the field of education?
What implications do the use of emerging technologies have for what teachers need to do to prepare their students to be successful in societies of
How are educators currently using emerging technologies to facilitate teaching and learning?
How will new technologies change what and where we teach?
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Articles of Interest
Burbules, Nicholas C., & Callister Jr., Thomas A. (2000). Watch IT: The risks and promises of information technologies for education. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-9082-6.
An intriguing look at the subtle implications that new technologies have for education, teaching, and learning. The book explores issues of access, credibility, hyperreading, critical evaluation, censorship, surveillance and privacy, commercialization, and community building and discusses how these 21st Century literacies will influence what it means to provide socially just and ethically responsible education to 21st Century learners. The book has profound implications for curriculum and instruction. (Contributed by
Hooper, Don. (2001, October).
Virtual learning in the box or out?
The School Administrator.
Retrieved June 22, 2007, from
A beautiful, short little piece that uses the metaphor of a child's birthday gift to suggest that when it comes to learning with new technologies, in-the-box thinkers consider improving the efficiency of existing routines and out-of-the box thinkers focus on leveraging possibility. In other words, the key difference between the two types of thinkers is vision, and this strongly impacts the quality and influence of online learning experiences.
Howe, Jeff. (2006, June).
5 rules of the new labor pool
- A quick list of principles that offer a look at recent trends in labor and industry and provide insight into the new phenomenon of crowdsourcing. (Contributed by
Howe, Jeff. (2006, June).
Look who's crowdsourcing
- A short column that lists several major apparel, design, entertainment, and financial service firms who are relying on crowdsourcing. (Contributed by
Howe, Jeff. (2006, June).
The rise of crowdsourcing
This article discusses how businesses are outsourcing advertising, media creation, problem-solving, and research and development . . . to their customers! (Contributed by
Kuo, Ben. (2006, October 11).
Interview with W. Lewis Johnson, founder of Alelo
This interview discusses a military project in which gaming is being used as a tool for teaching foreign language and culture, along with its commercial spin-offs.
Ignore bloggers at your own peril
The Guardian. -
This article discusses the "disproportionate" influence that bloggers are having on business, culture, and society. (Contributed by
Madden, Mary, & Fox, Susannah. (2006, October 5).
Riding the waves of "web 2.0."
Pew Internet Project Backgrounder. -
This mini-report discusses the meaning of the phrase "Web 2.0," its significance, and comparative trends in the use of tools like Geocities v. My Space, Encarta v. Wikipedia, and Kodakgallery v. Photobucket. The report concludes with a list of activities that might be considered Web 2.0, along with current lists of percentages of users who have engaged in each one.
Sterling, Bruce. (2006, June).
Blogging for dollars
This interesting article explains how companies are collaborating with bloggers to offer free services that eventually make substantial profits. (Contributed by
Blogs of Interest
- A phenomenal list of annotated links to all sorts of interesting articles and blog postings related to emerging technologies and their uses that is available as an RSS feed or a weekly e-mail. Tends to focus on topics related to business, design, marketing, and interesting applications of emerging technologies.
Hardware of Interest
produce document imaging equipment.
(available online and in print) is produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation addresses a host of educational issues, including
. - An excellent source of ideas and information regarding all things technological.
Podcasts from Western Kentucky University
Impresiones de España
Tuning in to Spanish
Cool Tech Tools
- Cherice's most updated, annotated list of free, web 2.0 tools that are especially well-suited for classroom use
Literacy for the 21st Century Language Learner
- This electronic newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center will connect you to ideas, information, and materials that will help you to consider multiple literacies as you plan curricular units.
- Cherice's wiki devoted to the use of emerging technologies in Foreign Language education. Contains theoretical framework, standards-based projects, assignment sheets, rubrics, readings, and related resources.
Twenty-first Century Technologies: Tools for Transforming Language Teaching & Learning
- This electronic newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center contains a wealth of links to practical ideas, resources, and materials for enriching your instruction with free, emerging technologies.
– Phenomenal, free software you can download and use just like a tape-recorder. Great for projects that require interviewing or sound files. Students can also use it to edit, layer, or remove background noise from their own audio tracks. Even better, they can save the files as MP3 files and export them to their iPods!
- Students can use a variety of pre-made templates to create their own blogs for free. These blogs support the uploading of media-based content
and can be used as learning logs.
- After creating a free account, students can use this service to keep track of the webpages to which they have "subscribed" (for free) using RSS technology
Teachers can "subscribe" to their students' blogs and easily keep track of who has posted new content.
- Allows you to add speech and thought bubbles to any online video.
- Allows you to edit audio and images online for free
- Allows you to "clip" images, text, and other pieces of websites into your own personal "archive" and to tag and vote on the items that others have clipped.
- Learn how to protect your work instantaneously with a Creative Commons License and search collections of images, videos, and other resources that you can use in your own work.
- This free social bookmarking site allows you to create an annotated list of online bookmarks to your favorite websites and to share them with friends. Great for groups who are trying to keep track of what they have each discovered in researching their topics.
- Allows you to create libraries of images that you can share with others and is a particularly good place to "store" a shared collection of photos for a group.
Giveaway of the Day
- Fully functional, commercial software and tools that can be downloaded for free (one item each day with restricted licenses). Read the "About" section for more information. RSS feed and e-mail subscription notifications available.
- An online application that allows you to create diagrams and share them with others.
– Lets you have Google notify you via an e-mail message when anything is posted on the web on the topic of your choice
– Lets you search the full text of lots of different books
- Free, online spreadsheet and word processor like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word that lets multiple users on different computers edit a document simultaneously and save it online. Great for collaborative authoring among various group members. Combine this with Skype for voice features too!
– Lets you copy snippets from online articles, or create your own running notebook on the topics of your choice online. The notebooks can be kept private or shared, making them a great place for students to take notes, keep track of sources, and know where their peers have already looked.
– Returns only scholarly articles and books, tells you how many people have cited them, and links you to related articles
- Allows you to create free quizzes, polls, and surveys that you can use on your blog, MySpace, etc.
- Allows you to edit digital video for free online. Great for students who don't have access to anything but the internet at home!
- A free, online project planning template that allows students to input images, text, and video into different "boxes" to create a shareable "project portfolio."
- A free, online site that lets you upload pictures, add all sorts of accessories and speech bubbles to them, then save them. The site will generate a URL where the pictures can be viewed, as well as code for your webpage.
- A very cool search engine that returns the results visually. Mouse over one of the tag words to see additional layers of results.
- Combines the convenience of instant messaging with the power of RSS to create a variety of possibilities
- Gives you visual previews of the websites that appear in your search results.
– Free software that allows you to talk to anyone in the world (up to 4 people at once) through your computer for free with a cheap headset mic (like the telemarketers wear) as long as the other person also has the software. Great for group conversations about projects. You can also call landlines or cell phones, but there is a charge for that
- Allows you to set up collaborative work spaces where multiple people can collaborate. Allows uploading of documents, files, images, and multimedia in addition to basic text, and includes discussion boards for every page, editing histories, revert options, RSS subscriptions, and the ability to review recent changes.
Trends & Potential Applications
Downey, Gregg W. (2006, December 22). Six ed-tech trends to watch in 2007. Eschool News. Retrieved January 15, 2006, from
- Discusses potential implications that trends toward democratization of the World Wide Web, cloud computing, service-oriented architecture, sharable content object reference models (SCORM), telepresence, and the idea of 21st Century learning may have on education.
(2006, October 26). Telepresence adds realism to videoconferencing.
Retrieved January 15, 2006, from
- Describes a recent, albeit pricey, innovation in videoconferencing that may eventually lead to increased use of the medium in education.
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