The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education

The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education

Gorg Mallia (University of Malta, Msida, Malta)
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Release Date: December, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 568|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4904-0
ISBN13: 9781466649040|ISBN10: 1466649046|EISBN13: 9781466649057
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Description

As technology is being integrated into educational processes, teachers are searching for new ways to enhance student motivation and learning. Through shared experiences and the results of empirical research, educators can ease social networking sites into instructional usage.

The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education collates different viewpoints on how social networking sites can be integrated in education. Highlighting both formal and informal uses of social interaction tools as learning tools, this book will be very useful to all educators, trainers and academic researchers in all aspects of education looking for a theoretical/practical approach to resourceful teaching.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational Environments
  • Ethical Issues
  • Professional Development
  • Social Media in Education
  • Student-Teacher Interaction
  • Technology Tools for Education
  • Virtual Learning Community

Reviews and Testimonials

The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education presents actual hands-on application in the design and implementation of instructions which incorporate the use of SNSs. The desirable and undesirable effects of the SNSs use as well as the ethical and social issues raised by the SNSs use are also extensively explored in this book. It is no doubt that the book is a pioneering and comprehensive work that contributes to the innovations in educational technology, pedagogy, and curriculum. The book, The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education, is highly recommended by us. It is worth your while to read it.

– Chia-Wen Tsai & Fan-Ni Hsia, Ming Chuan University

Separated into five sections, the work explores formal and informal uses of social media in the classroom, using social networks for specific teaching and learning exercises, ethical and psychological considerations when using social networks for educational use, individual social networks and their use in instruction, and specific case studies. Focusing on the benefits and challenges that social media represents in the world of education, this work is valuable to educators, practitioners, and students of education who want to know more about this changing impact and influences.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

This book will be a great resource tool for educational researchers, teachers, and educational administrators. This unique book attempts to bring together recent research in a growing field in social media that professionals in instruction and education will have to face whether they like to or not. I recommend this book to be used in a graduate technology-related program and/ or by individuals interested in using technology in their regular classroom. I think that the 50 authors who contributed their research provided invaluable research to this new growing field.

– Nicolas Cunningham, Doctoral Student at the University of Louisiana Monroe, under direction of Dr. Kris Bista

This book is extremely interesting and helpful to those educators who are curious about integrating social media and networking into their classrooms. The book gives many different ways on how to do this, how not to do this, why to do this, and many more informative practices. It gives information on virtual learning communities, how to create one and what guidelines should be followed. I will definitely refer back to this read when looking into incorporating social networking in my classroom.

– Chelsy Demers, Doctoral Student at the University of Louisiana Monroe, under direction of Dr. Kris Bista

– Featured Title on University & College Library News, 2015

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr Gorg Mallia is on the staff of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta. He holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Sheffield, UK. He specializes in Print and Presentation Media, Graphic Communications, Personal Communications & Branding, and Instructional Design & Technology (particularly Transfer of Learning). His main areas of research are Social Network and New Media Technology impacts on the individual and in education. He also researches the storytelling techniques of graphic narrative. He has presented at international conferences and published extensively in both of these areas. Dr Mallia is one of the organisers of the annual International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education (ICICTE). He has lectured in a number of countries, particularly at the Universities of Lund and Malmö in Sweden. Outside his academic work, he is a published children's author, illustrator and cartoonist. From 2005 to 2013 he was the chairman of the Maltese National Book Council.

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