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What is Tool Neutrality

Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning
The concept that technology is not neutral or transparent, but comes with embedded assumptions about operating procedures, often derived from a different context.
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Web 2.0 and CMS for Second Language Learning
Samuel Holtzman (Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Japan)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-190-2.ch028
The process of technological inclusion begins with an analysis of the features and functions of the specific tool in consideration. Pedagogy should then be evaluated and evolved in the light of possibilities inherent in the new technology. The process is essential because tools are not neutral entities, and they must be integrated in a thoughtful manner consistent with “best practice” standards. This chapter contains an examination of E-Folio, a Web 2.0 application, and a case study focusing on the process of technological inclusion to determine how to promote portfolio creation in the acquisition of second language writing.
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