Paradigm Shift: Introduction of a Social Media Network and Web 2.0 Technology into a College Classroom Environment

Paradigm Shift: Introduction of a Social Media Network and Web 2.0 Technology into a College Classroom Environment

Heidi L. Schnackenberg (State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, USA), Edwin S. Vega (State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, USA) and Denise A. Simard (State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2014040101
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Abstract

In order to meet the demands of an overcrowded computer lab, a technology instructor designs a plan that is outside the paradigm of what is considered to be “standard operating procedure” for implementing and integrating technology into a course in a teacher education program. To accommodate 125 students in a computer classroom that only has 20 seats and computers, portable media devices with Web 2.0 technology, micro-blogging and a social media network were incorporated as part of the course curriculum. These solutions were chosen because most social media networks are easily accessible via portable media devices and virtually every college-aged student already knows how to use them with little-to-no training. Additionally, Web 2.0 allows for on-line collaboration and sharing, and website interfaces behave like software, thus enabling students to work and communicate easily outside of class. Although the use of technology did facilitate innovation in course activities, there were many challenges throughout the semester and suggestions for improvement in the future.

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