Using Social Networking Sites For Teaching And Learning.

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Using Social Networking Sites for Teaching and Learning
Chenglin (Lynn) Lu
Dallas Baptist University
Using Social Networking Sites for Teaching and Learning
The world is changing every single day in a fast pace with the rapid development of innovative technology. In the past, people connect with each other traditionally by meeting and interacting in person. It was nearly impossible for someone to get to know a new person who lives ten-thousand miles away without personally being there to build relationship. Nowadays, the world enters the web 2.0 era where people are connected for social interaction, content sharing and collective intelligence via plenty of social networking sites and social media
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Public profile – it includes photo, basic introduction, interests et al. It is a place all about the users themselves and what they want to share with others.
2. Friends and followers – it is where connections especially the network of trusted members are. 3. News feed – a home page designed to give users a live feed of updates from mutually friended and followed accounts.
4. Likes and comments – it generates interaction in the shape of clicking like or leaving comments.
5. Groups and tags – groups could be set up and found for people who have similar interests. Tags allow users to categorize their posts with key words.
Audience of social networking sites
Indeed, each site has its own designed features based on the users and the way they’re engaging (Smith, 2013). Basically, everyone who has access to the internet could potentially be the targeted audience of social networking sites. On macro scale, millennials are the main users of social networking sites due to their social nature and communication technology of choice and continue to use those sites at high levels.
Using social networking sites for teaching and learning
According to Jovanovic, Chiong and Weise (2012), traditional teaching methods concentrate on passive content consumption and have to be replaced or supplemented with exceedingly interactive learning process. Therefore, social networking sites could be great substituted sources that improve teaching and learning since the
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