29 Oct 2013

GHEC Students Speak to National Conference



Mississippi Delta Community College students were recently featured on a nationally televised dialogue about the opportunities and limitations of using technology in education.

MDCC sophomores Linda Jimson and Tito Gardner (pictured right), both students at the Greenville Higher Education Center, shared their experiences at the Oct. 18 event along with students from five other states. Held in conjunction with Connected Educators Month, the virtual panel was hosted by the Bread Loaf Teacher Network (BLTN) and the Oregon Academic Technology Society (OAtS).

Students on the panel, ranging in age from third-grade to college level, presented and then answered questions about how they use technology as a learning tool, both in and out of the school setting. The students, representing Mississippi, Alaska, Arizona, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Kentucky, connected to the conference via Internet to make their presentations and share examples of their work. While the primary audience was the OAtS Conference in Portland, Ore., others around the nation joined the conference by live stream.

MDCC English instructor Renee Moore is a member of the BLTN and selected Jimson and Gardner to appear on the panel. The MDCC students described how they use various types of technology as they pursue their education, especially the Canvas Learning System available at MDCC. When questioned, they also spoke candidly about the importance of teachers including 21st century technology in their classes. Jimson and Gardner said, "It's not the technology, it's the teachers!"