Technology can help bring the world to students' desktops, and it can empower whole communities to come together and make a difference: That was the key message of Emmy award-winner Jeff Corwin, who urged educators to use their position of influence to build students' sense of compassion and understanding of the world around them.

Speaking at the 2008 Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Corwin--a wildlife biologist who hosts "Corwin's Quest" and "The Jeff Corwin Experience" for Discovery Communications' Animal Planet channel--said it's important for students to learn how to become environmentally responsible citizens.

Corwin kicked off this year's FETC on...

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