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Social Networking As A Tool For Learning

  1. 1. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning By Azubike Okpalaeze, Ph.D. Cynthia Charles, M.L.I.S. Center For Teaching and Learning Dillard University New Orleans, Louisiana, 70122 March 19, 2009
  2. 2. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning <ul><li>A social network service focuses on building and reflecting of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>social networks or social relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning <ul><li>Most social network services are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>web based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(an application that is accessed via a web browser over a network such as the Internet or an intranet .) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and provides means for users to interact over the internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide) , such as e-mail and instant messaging ) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning <ul><li>The main types of social networking services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Widely used worldwide; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>a. Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>b. Bebo </li></ul><ul><li>c. Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>d. MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>e. LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>2. Widely used in North America ; </li></ul><ul><li>a. Nexopia </li></ul><ul><li>3. Others : </li></ul><ul><li> Bebo , Hi5 , StudiVZ In Germany iWiW (mostly in Hungary), Tuenti (mostly in Spain), Decayenne , Tagged , XING ;, Badoo and Skyrock in parts of Europe;[ Orkut and Hi5 in South America and Central America ; and Friendster , Mixi , Multiply , Orkut , Wretch , renren and Cyworld in Asia and the Pacific Islands and Orkut and Facebook in India. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning <ul><li>Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets . </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers . </li></ul><ul><li>Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access </li></ul><ul><li>*Website for twitter: </li></ul>
  6. 6. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning <ul><li>All users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. While the service itself costs nothing to use, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning
  8. 8. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning <ul><li>Can We Use This As A Training Tool? </li></ul><ul><li>Can Twitter be harnessed as a learning tool? </li></ul><ul><li>H ow many folks are using Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter traffic is currently at 1.2 million users per month. These users are mostly male, young, and profess to be heavy users, saying they go on Twitter at least 6-8 times per month. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning <ul><li>Here are some ways for you to consider: Provide real time learning nuggets to either current or prospective users - demographics of usage:18-24 and 25-34 age range (Millennial (Student) and Generation Xer’s that It seems there can be a host of applications for teaching as well as providing knowledge to follow-up a learning event.) Follow-up to asynchronous webcasts - Twitter is a great tool for communicating and asking questions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- The added benefit of this is that using Twitter to connect allows you to keep a record of all the questions and comments, in a manner similar to a blog post. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Social Networking as a Tool for Learning <ul><li>Reinforcement or reminder on learning a new process or procedure -Shelf life of knowledge keeps growing shorter and shorter, Twitter can reinforce new content because it allows for quick snippets. </li></ul>
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