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Webinar on social inclusion, web 2.0 and language education - Discussion topics

Some questions to reflect on around the topic of the Webinar: Can social media and language...

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Gráinne Conole
26 April 2010

Some questions to reflect on around the topic of the Webinar:

  • Can social media and language learning lead to social equalit?
  • How would you define social media?
  • What is social inclusion?
  • Do social media contribute to social inclusion?
  • What do we make of the “digital divide”? Warschauer proposes a shift from Digital divide to digital inequality, how do you understand that?
  • What is intercultural competence and how related is it to language learning and social media?
  • The use of social media in LLT and education in general lead to better inclusion? Of who? What does it mean?
  • What is the future of the internet and social media? How will it affect language learning and intercultural education?
  • What skills and competences are required?
  • What are the pluses and minuses of social networking in education?
  • What can we learn or boost?
  • Aren’t learners and teachers getting lost in this sphere?
  • Issues of privacy (education contexts vs. outside)?
  • Technocentrism vs. learning?
  • Problems of addiction? Should educators be more vigilant?

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Fred kicking off the seminar here today at Turku.

  • Webinar related to an EU project on social media and language education.
  • European network with 14 partners.
  • Twitter laguages_web2.0

Three keywords

  • Social networking - Web 2.0
  • Laguage education
  • Social inclusion

Plan to gather a set of recommendations on how Web 2.0 can be used for language education and increasing social inclusion.

Fred opens the first poll here

Gráinne Conole
07:14 on 28 April 2010 (Edited 07:15 on 28 April 2010)

Fred gets the audience to link to a video from Piaget. What is  education, what is the goal of education, is it about learning what is already known or is it to develop creative minds?

Gráinne Conole
07:20 on 28 April 2010

All the links Fred refers to are in the related assoiciated useful resources clouds for the Webinar.

Gráinne Conole
07:21 on 28 April 2010

Fred provides a definition of social media which has been developed as part of the EU project he is involved with. This was developed jointly with Katerina Zourou. The defintion is available from the project website.

Gráinne Conole
07:23 on 28 April 2010

What are the consequences of the mess of today's social media? For educators and learners?

Its not just about providing hardware and software.

Chris Lehmann - technology in education needs to be like oxygen, ubiqutous, necessary and invisible.

Gráinne Conole
07:24 on 28 April 2010

Technologies for social inclusion.

Can improve people's lives through social networking.

Digital divide > digital inequality - Warschaurer, 2003

Content and language, literacy and education and community and instritutional structures must all be taken into account if meaningful access to new technologies is to be provided.

How do we apply all this to language education and the use of social media?

How can it all contribute to better inclusion?

Gráinne Conole
07:26 on 28 April 2010

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