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Using Social Software for Educational Purposes


by Joan Vinall-Cox, Ph.D. -


The World Wide Web and computer-use in general have caused massive changes in how we communicate, and consequently, how we teach and learn. Currently, the Web has changed from a “read-only” environment to a “read/write” space where lack of technical knowledge is no longer a barrier. Anyone who can send and receive email has the skills required to be part of what is called Web 2.0, the Read/Write Web, or Social Media.


Web 2.0, the social web, is of special importance in education for two reasons:

1. It is a superb environment for teaching and learning as it allows, indeed almost demands, collaborative construction and sharing of projects and papers.

2. We must not abandon students to simply a youth-culture use of the social web. They are on it, they understand the technical aspects, but they need to balance what can be a rather unstructured space with an understanding of the possibilities for civil, educational, and business uses.



An Introduction to The Significance of the Social Media for Learning and Teaching

Regularly Updated Information and Ideas for Using Social Media in Education

In my blog, WebTools for Learners, I write regularly about new web applications and uses for educational purposes. To keep up-to-date, you can follow me there.


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