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Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration
     

Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration

by M. Thomas
 

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A collection of content-based chapters and case studies examining the pedagogical potential and realities of digital literacies in education. The book aims to examine a number of foundational aspects of Web 2.0 technologies and social media applications and to understand the implications for teaching, learning, and professional development.

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A collection of content-based chapters and case studies examining the pedagogical potential and realities of digital literacies in education. The book aims to examine a number of foundational aspects of Web 2.0 technologies and social media applications and to understand the implications for teaching, learning, and professional development.

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"This volume is at once a wake-up call to 21st-century educators and an intriguing glimpse at possible futures for teaching and learning with digital technologies." -Kenneth Reeder, Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, the University of British Columbia

"Digital Education introduces a healthy corrective to exaggerated techno-optimism or techno-pessimism. The thought-provoking edited collection represents one of the first serious attempts to examine how Web 2.0 may not only improve but also help transform education. Contributors to the book bring a wide range of social theory to the task . . . And they apply this theory to examining incipient efforts to deploy Web 2.0 tools in a broad range of formal educational settings, especially at the tertiary and adult level. Chapters from and about Australia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Spain, the UK, the US, and Venezuela result in a diverse international discussion that is not common in educational research, and this breadth helps us to better understand the relationship of theory to practice. . . . The contributions in this book represent an especially broad and thoughtful overview of where we have come on these issues and where we stand today." -Professor Mark Warschauer, University of California, Irvine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230111585
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
02/02/2011
Series:
Digital Education and Learning Series
Edition description:
2011
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Thomas is Director of the MA TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in e-learning and lectures in language learning technologies and digital business communication at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He has previously taught at universities in the UK, Germany, and Japan. Among his publications are Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning (2009); Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (2010); Task-Based Language Learning & Teaching with Technology (2010); Deconstructing Digital Natives (2011); and Online Learning (2011). He has guest edited special editions of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) and the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society (IJETS).

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