Facebook, telecollaboration, and international access to technology in the classroom
Woodman, Karen & Kazoullis, Vasilia (2013) Facebook, telecollaboration, and international access to technology in the classroom. In V. Cipolla Ficarra, Francisco, Veltman, K., Verber, D., Novak, B., Fulton, P., Edison, D., et al. (Eds.) Fourth International Conference on Advances in New Technologies, Interactive Interfaces and Communicability, Blue Herons Editions, Huerta Grande, Cordoba, Argentina, pp. 116-124.
This study uses the well-known social networking site, Facebook (FB), for a study of differences in perceptions on the use of technologies in the classroom around the world. This study is part of a larger project exploring telecollaboration and the use of online discussions between graduate students in an online masters program based in Australia and students in the graduate education program at a regional university in Greece. Postings reveal more similarities between the situations and perceptions of the participants from the different countries than differences. Most participants indicated that while they and their students had access in general to computers and the internet, they did not necessarily have this access in the classroom. Even when technologies were available in schools, participants identified a critical need for professional development to increase teachers’ use of ICT. These findings are relevant to educators and policy development in terms of implementation of ICT or social networking in the language classroom.
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