Creating Futures Through Technology Conference Presentations


I just returned from attending the Creating Futures Technology Conference (CFTTC) in Biloxi, Mississippi.  The CFTTC is Mississippi’s only statewide technology conference and trade show for post-secondary education.  The first CFTTC was held in 1997 and was sponsored by the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC).  This was my fifth time to present at the CFTTC.  I have always enjoyed the opportunity of sharing my ideas and thoughts on the use of technology to help Mississippi students learn with colleagues at other colleges and universities in Mississippi.  For the past two days, I made three presentations at the CFTTC and thought they went well.  Here are my slideshows.  Hopefully, they are helpful for those who were unable to attend the CFTTC this year.

Presentation 1

Teaching and Learning with the Digital Natives



Presentation 2

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Podcasting Pilot Project



Presentation 3

Open Source in Higher Education



About Dr. Steve Yuen

I am Dr. Steve Yuen, a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi. This is my personal blog on the use of emerging technologies in teaching and learning. Hope you find this blog interesting, stimulating, and educational. Please feel free to social bookmark this page.
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10 Responses to Creating Futures Through Technology Conference Presentations

  1. Dr. Yuan (Steve): I attended the conference but only managed to hear one of your three presentations. Putting your slides on slideshare.net and having them added to your blog is a great help.
    I really appreciate all you are doing to publisize how all these emerging educational technologies CAN be used by those faculty who dont have all that much training in e-tech stuff to enhance their classes.
    Thank you for the demonstrations.
    Sincerely
    Bill Lushbaugh

  2. houbinfang says:

    I like the first topic about the digital natives and immigrants. It is now clear today’s students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors (us). The differences or so called gap are going far further and deeper than most educators suspect or realize. As Dr. Bruce D. Berry stated that Different experiences must lead to different brain structures, so I believe that different brain must cause different direction. This phenomena is kind of reflection to the speed of development of technology. The larger gap between the students and teachers means the faster the technologies are developing.

  3. houbinfang says:

    Then we are immigrants. What will we do for ourselves? What role are we playing in this world now? First what is our distinction or feature? How do we learn? – It is just like all immigrants, some maybe better than others – to adapt to their environment. In fact, we have no other choices better than this, unless you want to get out off the track. Learn to speak as native, of course, we cannot speak as well as natives because of the “accent”, but we can be closer and closer. What is the accent? According to Marc Prensky, these accents include “turning to the Internet for information second rather than first, or in reading the manual for a program rather than assuming that the program itself will teach us to use it”, “printing out the email”, or needing to print out a document written on the computer in order to edit it, and/or bringing people physically into your office to see an interesting web site (haha, why not send them the URL?). Some people like ask “Did you get my email?” or make a phone call to ask, and or something like this. But I think this does not matter because immigrants do what as immigrants like. Today’s older folks (in fact, not really older at all, or sometimes it is nothing to do with age because this is up to what environment you are growing up in) are now in the process of learning a new language, however, we begin to learn this new language in the later of our lives.

  4. guoqiangcui says:

    I do enjoy a lot in Dr. Yuen’s first presentation. I linked your presentation in my blog and hope you approve this. With the fast development of technology, the differences between the digital natives and digital immigrants are becoming much larger. I think it’s more like a generation gap. The digital natives don’t have to learn much about the recently developed digital equipment; they can just get in touch with it for several minutes and get familiar with it. While at the same time, the digital immigrants will spend quite some time to learn some basic usage of even a digital camera. This will propose certain problems in teaching and learning process and actually this problem has occurred in some situations. For example, in the university I taught in China, we are able to use some basic multi-media to teach, and I believe this will greatly enhance the learning effects with some certain courseware since students can get access to the English learning materials via various paths. But the point is that most of the senior teachers still demanded to teach in the traditional classroom, though they have to take more physical efforts like speaking louder in the traditional one while in the new classroom, the teachers can just sit in the front and use their microphones to speak gently. It is not out of reminiscence of the good old days that they want to teach in the traditional classroom and the reason is that they are afraid of using the new technology in their teaching. They are not familiar with it and they are afraid that this will cause them more trouble in teaching. So I think the general training for all the teachers, especially the senior ones about the application of technology in teaching is quite necessary. Not only the computer science teachers need to know about the technology, all the teachers in whatever field should also take the time to learn the application of the technology and apply this in their own teaching experience. And this can finally greatly enhance the teaching and learning effects and results.

  5. Shenetta Booth says:

    Teaching and learning with digital native has become a popular subject. We hear about it all the time and wonder what in the world do ‘Digital Native’ mean. I took a class with Dr. Wang this past fall and we talked about digital native and digital immigrants. I took the knowledge that digital natives are the children of the generation today. Everyone born before 1985 is a digital immigrant.

    Digital natives are the future of today’s world. They can adapt to anything technology or that has the word digital in it. They are the ones that do not have to use tutorials and manuals to figure out how to use a specific piece of equipment or software.

    I have a niece that is 4 years old and she can figure out stuff better than I can. I tried a study with her when I was first introduced to the term ‘digital native’. I wanted to see if the hype about it was true. So I tested her and gave her a cell phone just to see what she would do with it. Now, remember she is 4 years old. She has never touch a cell phone until now. She continued playing with it, and as I was watching her, she had it opened and was looking through the phone book. Then she had the nerve to ask me “Will you please call my mother?” I was like what! Call her yourself…. LOL. So I tried this technique again with my 9 year old niece. She was awarded a laptop at Christmas with no instructions and has never been opened. She opens the laptop, pushes the start button and run all the programs, one-by-one, and started playing games on it, and all of this happened no more than 1 hour. My jaw dropped.

    Digital immigrants have to read tutorials and manuals just to figure out how stuff works and then we attempt to do it with fear. Digital Native are fearless, they just get right into and do it.

  6. wanda moye says:

    Technology conferences are so enriching. I know that when I go to the state Mega Conference for teachers, I always come away with new information and helpful ideas to try in my classroom. I think that going to a technology conference must be twice as exciting. As a past SAS programmer, SAS had a user’s conference that I was able to attend on occasion. It was very enjoyable. It was a great opportunity to network with other users and to come away with literature about new ideas and concepts.

    Since I have become an educator and moved to Mississippi, I have not had the opportunity to attend a technology conference. The cost of such an enriching experience would not be paid for by my school district, so I must save for the opportunity. However, I know that it will be worth it looking at the slideshows that Dr. Yuen has posted.

    Being in Dr. Yuen’s class, has opened my eyes to a lot of things that are happening in Mississippi. I just recently became away of CFTTC. It is fitting that Dr. Yuen make the slideshow available so that we can experience the conference and its richness. Not so long ago, without technology, we would have had copies of his powerpoint in paper form. Be able to see it on the internet just shows the advancement of education/educators in the state. Slideshows, podcasts, and RSS, these are the tools of today and the future. Today’s digital learners are so more exposed to what is happening around the world then when I was a child.

  7. Tim Bryant says:

    Is it possible that there are “older” digital natives? ;) I guess I would be considered a Generation X’er since I was born in 1970, but my trip down the road with computers was pretty quick. My father was studying electronics, so they were all around. I had access to oscilloscopes and all kinds of stuff related to technology.

    I was an early adopter, I had an Odyssey2 at eight years old, it’s like an Atari with a keyboard. When I was 10, a friend and his dad that lived a couple of houses away had a Vic 20 with a tape drive, so I was over there a good bit. When I was twelve the Odyssey was retired, and I got a Commodore 64 – and I had TWO floppy drives. I was big time. I had some other computers over the next few years, but sports, girls, and cars kept me from spending much time on the computer, but I did take a class in high school, we did a little programming and it kept me up to date. The next step was the BBS, and I ran one for several years around 1992 before I discovered the Internet in 1994. At the time I had a 486DX40 running DOS and Windows 3.1, and I was big time with it too – I had EIGHT megs of RAM, cost me $50 a meg to upgrade from four to eight, but I thought it was money well spent at the time. My first browser was Netscape 0.9, and I was so excited to be able to dial up to the server at Ole Miss – I think I was connecting at 14.4 at the time. The next step was going to work for IBM ;) Couldn’t get it out of my system…

    So am I just an early adopter, or possibly a semi-Digital Native?

  8. Farid says:

    I think podcasting is a very interesting phenomenon because is an alternate form of disseminating information literacy. It is particularly useful for the auditory learner as well as distance education learner. Besides being new and interesting, it offers control over when and where the content will be reviewed. After I completed the assignment I felt that podcasting brought my voice, my story, and my personality to the listeners. Further, this new tool of communication is very cost effective and that’s important especially for students and educators.

  9. Kemp says:

    As one who is of a “certain age” and remembers when the first color television came into the house, I marvel at the technology available to us. Regarding Mr. Bryant’s post, I started with a Commodore 64 and thought I had something pretty snazzy.

    I think the distinction is that the current generation has never known a world in which the internet, computers, and mobile phones did not exist. They are not a novelty or something new to them–rather they are simply part of their world and being alive. Those of us who remember one rotary dial phone in the house (usually wall-mounted in the kitchen) likely find the mobile telephone and smart phones far more exotic than does, say, a high-school senior.

    It is incumbent on us as educators to adapt to current technology, remain flexible, and provide information in a manner comfortable and effective for our students. I think we find it harder to be flexible, as sometimes it is disconcerting to leave the comfort zone and try something new, or frustrating because it took us so long to master the previous bit of technology or gadget. In this I am honest–I get my students to teach me how to use it if I do not understand. (Usually they are quite accommodating, and enjoy being able to teach the teacher.

  10. wow! nice sharing stuff…. I enjoy watching the video presentation… keep it up!

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