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Popular Social Networks: Educational Value

Austria, Linz, Psst2013

Andrew Lukin

on 9 March 2015

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Transcript of Popular Social Networks: Educational Value

University of Latvia
Thank you for your
Theoretical Dimension:
Historical Dimension:
Social Dimension:
what social network...
isn't quite the
same as...
is in a nutshell...
... a web-based service that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system.
Boyd, D. M., & Ellison, N. B. (2007)
Network VS Networking

"Networking" emphasizes relationship initiation, often between strangers. While networking is possible on these sites, it is not the primary practice on many of them, nor is it what differentiates them from other forms of computer-mediated communication.
The things you share are things that make you look good, things which you are happy to tie into your identity.
Mason H. (2012)
Also Web 2.0. offers Social Networks in alternative ways:
Emphasis on...
Massively Multiplayer Online Games
Social Libraries
...and etc.
Content sharing
and blah-blah-blah...
The Wall Street Journal
okay, okay, they're pretty popular!..
Theglobe.com (1995), Geocities (1994) and Tripod.com (1995).
Cotriss D. (2008)
SixDegrees.com in 1997, followed by Makeoutclub (2000), Hub Culture and Friendster (2002).
Knapp, E. (2006)
Facebook (2004) was launched and became the largest social network site in the world in early 2009.
The Economist (2008)
Generalized online communities
(people like to stick together)
New social networking methods
(connect, find & stalk)
Advanced features for users to find and manage friends
(nifty profile pages, easy friend list, intuitive design)
Internet mainstream
(I was tweeting before it was mainstream!)
So, what's popular?
can you name these?..
let's get educational!
Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets".
Facebook is an online social networking service, which enables user to create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages. Additionally users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics.
P. S. but both are fine as long as
you understand the difference.
Vices & Virtues
Personal Experience:
[Facebook's] name stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by some university administrations in the United States to help students get to know each other.
Eldon E. (2008)
Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services.
Social networks among students have been known to
negatively affect their academic performance
Walsh J. L. (2013)
Use of network sites produce “social capital.” For individuals, social capital allows a person to draw on resources from other members of the networks to which he or she belongs. These resources can take the form of
useful information, personal relationships, or the capacity to organize groups
Knobel M., Lankshear C. (2008)
Teachers are increasingly using social networks to supplement teaching and learning in traditional classroom environments as they can provide new opportunities for enriching existing curriculum through
creative, authentic and/or flexible, non-linear learning experiences
Buzzetto-More N. A. (2010)
Tweeting, instant messaging, or blogging enhances
student involvement
. Students who would not normally participate in class are more apt to partake through social network services.
Luo T., Gao F. (2012)
When learning experiences are infused into a website, students utilize everyday for fun,
students realize that learning can and should be a part of everyday life
. It does not have to be separate and unattached.
Gardner J. C. (2010)
Social networking services foster learning through "Participatory Culture". A participatory culture consists of a space that allows
engagement, sharing, mentoring, and an opportunity for social interaction
Jenkins H. (2006)
[...] participation, collaboration, distribution, dispersion of expertise, and relatedness. Registered users share and search for knowledge which contributes to
informal learning
Gee J. (2004)
In an educational setting, Facebook, for example, is seen by many instructors and educators as a
frivolous, time-wasting distraction from schoolwork
, and it is not uncommon to be banned in junior high or high school computer labs.
Gardner J. C. (2010)
Schools believe that social networking services opens the door to
sexual predators, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking
Munoz C. L., Towner T. (2011)
Social networking encourages the
development of transferable, technical, and social skills
of value in formal and informal learning.
Livingstone S., Brake D. R. (2010)
Popular Social Networks:
Educational Value

Social Networks are a growing trend and they are here to stay. Whether you tweet it or update.
Social Networks can provide certain educational values if used properly cia .
Though beware! With great power comes great responsibility!

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