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The possibilities that online platforms and new media technologies provide, in terms of human connection and the dissemination of information, are seemingly endless. With Web 2.0 there is an exchange of messages, visions, facts, fictions, contemplations, and declarations buzzing around a network of computers that connects students to the world – fast. Theoretically this digital connectivity, and the availability of information that it provides, is beneficial to curriculum development in higher education. Education is easily available, democratic, and immersive. But is it worthwhile? Is the kind of education one can get from new media platforms and social media resources, with their click-on videos, rollover animations, and unfiltered content, of sufficient quality that educators should integrate these tools into teaching? This book examines the use of new media in pedagogy, as it presents case studies of the integration of technology, tools, and devices in an undergraduate curriculum taught by the author, at an urban research university in the United States.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers|
|Series:||Counterpoints Series: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Peter DePietro is a professor of new media. He served as the first Director of Digital and New Media of the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York City. On topics related to digital media, new technologies, education, and interactive art, DePietro has been published internationally. As an executive in Silicon Alley (NYC), he created digital projects with international exposure for a roster of Fortune 500 clients.
Table of Contents
Contents: Web 2.0 and New Education – Technology, Purpose, and Meaning – Tool Literacy – Interactive Learning – Participatory Pedagogy – New Media Process and Product – Social Media and Collaborative Learning – Interacting with Literature on Facebook – Backchannels and Multitasking – Microblogging in the Classroom – Engaging Students with Twitter – Presumption of Connectedness – Interactive Content and Online Agenda – Analysis of Content in Wikis – The Cost of Technology – Mobile Education – Interdisciplinary Idea Exchange – Conducting Research with Text Messaging – The Power of Games – Learning by Playing Games – Diagrams for Choosers and Choosees – The Amorphous Cloud – New Media’s Transformation of Education.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful, thought-provoking discussion of new media and technology in higher education. The author has done thorough research and presents it along with helpful case studies and valuable theoretical insight.
A Top-Notch Assessment of Technology in Education. This was the first time I read a book about new media in education that had substance. Usually, these kinds of books are full of hype. Authors in the tech/education space tend to talk down to readers who don't share their "gotta have the latest bell and whistle" viewpoint. Not Prof. DePietro. He makes a compelling case for when and when not to use devices, platforms, hardware, and software in pedagogy. He is honest about when digital tools work and when they don't. You may not agree with all that he says, and you may find some of his theories progressive -- which I believe is wonderful -- but read this book to get an idea of the interesting and promising potential of media and technology in higher education.
I am a professor at a top-tier institution in the Northeast, who uses technology in the class room a lot. I have been looking for a book that provides an insightful account of the use of both technology and media in the classroom. THIS is it! Depietro presents real world experiences using interactive tools and new media in higher education, as well as fresh theories on the topic. I highly recommend his book.