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The Early years : 2008,2009

TalkTech 2008 and 2009 focused on communicating online with web-based tools. Students used instant messenger, skype, and mebeam to communicate.  Topics included mobile phone apps of the future, dangers of social networks, how has the Internet changed the way we communicate. how do you use the WWW as part of your learning, important websites you should know, and privacy and social networking.  The format of their final deliverables was left open to the students but could take the form a web page with images, a video, a PowerPoint, a recorded audio conversation, or a combination of any of these. Figure 1 shows a sample of student work.

Fig. 1.  Sample presentations from TalkTech 2009 showing the future of mobile phone applications.