Digital Education Opportunities for Social Collaboration

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This timely collection of theoretical and applied studies examines the pedagogical potential and realities of digital technologies in a wide range of disciplinary contexts across the educational spectrum. By mixing content-based chapters with a theoretical perspective with case studies detailing actual teaching approaches utilizing digital technologies in the classroom or on campus, this work provides a valuable resource for teacher trainers, academic researchers, administrators, and students interested in interdisciplinary studies of education and learning technologies from around the world.

Author Biography

Michael Thomas, Ph.D., is Course Leader of the MA TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in e-learning and lectures in language learning technologies and digital business communication at the University of Central Lancashire. He has previously taught at universities in the UK, Germany, and Japan. Among his publications are Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning (2009); Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (2010); Task-Based Language Learning Teaching with Technology (2010); Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology, and the New Literacies (2011); and Online Learning (2011). He is editor of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE) and has guest edited special editions of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) and the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society (IJETS).

Table of Contents

Foreword--Mark Warschauer * Digital Education: Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities--Michael Thomas * PART I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES * Modified, Multiplied and (Re-)mixed: Social Media and Digital Literacies--Mark Pegrum * Research on Web 2.0 Digital Technologies in Education--Chaka Chaka * The Role of Adult Educators in the Age of Social Media--Rita Kop and Paul Bouchard * Educational Networking in the Digital Age--Cristina Costa * Integrating Digital Technologies in Education: A Model for Negotiating Change and Resistance to Change--Thomas Berger and Michael Thomas * PART II: APPLYING DIGITAL EDUCATION * Virtual Learning Environments: Personalizing Learning or Managing Learners?--Philip Banyard, Jean Underwood, Lianne Kerlin, and James Stiller * Teaching Spanish in Second Life--Dafne González, Cristina Palomeque, and Paul Sweeney * “The Wisdom of Practice”: Web 2.0 as a Cognitive and Community-Building Tool in Indonesia--Mary Burns and Petra Wiyakti Bodrogini * Teaching Research Methods with Social Media--Kelli S. Burns * Deconstructing Formal and Informal Learning Spaces with Social Networking Sites--Joannah Portman Daley * Digital Education: Beyond the “Wow” Factor--Stephen Bax

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