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Stepping over the Edge: The Implications of New Technologies for Education.

By Gráinne Conole

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Metadata only entryThis chapter considers the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on education and, in particular, how these\ud new technologies are changing learning and teaching practices. It considers their fundamental characteristics\ud and looks at the implications for learners, teachers, and institutions. It argues that the impact\ud on practice can be both positive and negative, and that as a consequence, educational institutions need\ud to develop new policies and strategies. The chapter concludes with two approaches to making sense\ud of and harnessing these new technologies. The first is an example of applying Web 2.0 approaches to\ud facilitating greater dialogue and sharing of learning and teaching ideas, through a social networking\ud site for design. The second argues for greater use of metaphors and other forms of meaning making as\ud a mechanism for understanding Web 2.0 technologies in an educational context

Publisher: IGI Global
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.4018/978-1-60566-294-7.ch021
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/9845
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