This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The history of education is one of continuous adaptation to new technologies, each of which offers potential benefits to the teaching and learning experience. This talk examines general principles to consider when faced with any new educational technology, and considers the role that educational technologies can play in the global educational marketplace. Eric J. Simon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Health Science at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He teaches introductory biology to both science majors and non-science majors, as well as tropical marine biology and careers in science. Dr. Simon received a B.A. in Biology and Computer Science and an M.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Harvard University. His research focuses on innovative ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning in the science classroom, particularly among non-science major students. Dr. Simon is the lead author of Essential Biology (4th Ed.), Essential Biology with Physiology (3rd Ed.), and Biology: The Core, and a co-author of Biology: Concepts and Connections (6th Ed.), all published by Pearson Education. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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