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Social networking tools on education (Reflection)

In today’s world, the use or integration of technology in education has become an increasingly important role in not only students’ social life, but it serves as an essential tool in the academic field as well. Social networking sites such as ‘Facebook’, ‘Twitter’, ‘Youtube’, ‘Myspace’ and many more are so commonly in use among students where they are able to communicate with people from all walks of life. ‘Facebook’, for instance, allows both instructors and students to connect with one another about questions pertaining to a particular course subject or assignment-related tasks. It also enables students to form or create their own group under a course, sharing pictures, videos and having many other features for students to explore. Besides ‘Facebook’, ‘Youtube’ on the other hand, also offers practical application in today’s classroom. For example, students can have their own ‘Youtube’ channel by posting or sharing any video intended. Thus, everyone has the chance to view the videos shared by you by commenting and providing feedback. As for ‘Twitter’, like many other social networking sites, it has lots of useful features for education. For instance, students can send and answer the many exercises created by their peers or simply by answering quizzes posted by their instructors. As compared to the traditional method of chalk and talk, the use of social networking sites in the process of teaching and learning increases both teacher-student and student-student interaction as well as actively engaging students in a manner unique from the conventional class lecture. Furthermore, it encourages students to be active learners and it is a two-way communication instead of a one-way communication.


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Definition of e-learning

According to Marc Rosenberg (2001), e-learning is “the use of Internet technologies to deliver a broad array of solutions that enhance knowledge and performance.” For example, e-learning enables learners to interact with their instructors and other learners from various locations at any time using network technologies.

Reference

Rosenberg, M. (2001). e-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age. New York: McGraw-Hill, p28.

This video clip shows you how learning via online can be so much more convenient and interactive. It definitely enhances students’ learning experiences.