Social Network Sites: Facebook For Education?

Social Network Sites Pedagogical Uses

Social network sites can be used for learning in Bloom's Taxonomy stages of: remembering when locating, ‘liking’, or recognizing; understanding when subscribing or tagging; and evaluating when justifying a decision, collaborating or networking via the site (Churches, 2009).

An advantage of social network sites as a research-based pedagogical technique (RPT) is that teachers can easily incorporate and share multimedia through them, thereby providing a rich content experience that accommodates learning styles and preferences. Social network sites also provide a collaborative learning environment that is not bound by time constrictions, allow for informal learning opportunities to increase, and support active knowledge construction through interaction with experts as well as peers. As Casey and Evans pointed out, “[students’] motivations, interests, attention, and involvement may all be strongly affected by their relationships with their peers” (p. 3).

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