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Nachimuthu, K. (2012). Technology Is an Embedded Agent of Cultural Impact, Journal of Educational Technology. We all watch Television, read newspapers and magazines, and we also go to see films, because of different means of communications. Because, beyond the physical requirements of food and shelter, man has now another fundamental need that is the need of communication. That communication will derive and cultivate out cultural heritages. Influences of Traditional Media for the rural cultural development, the communities and individuals have utilized a wide range of media local fares, puppet shows, street theatre folk songs and ballads for social purposes and schemes for health and family welfare campaigns, also political awareness. The Internet has the same revolutionary impact-individuals and businesses can overcome geographical, cultural and logistical barriers and improve the way they live and work. The life style of people has changed due to media exposes. One of the famous reports in 2011 says the 52 million active users in India used the Net facilities. IMAI and IMRB suggests that more than 75% of Internet usage is still driven by youngsters that include young men, school and college going students. A crucial engine of cultural influence and transformation, Indian television programming now reaches 253 million households across the country. We share more things through Amazon, Google & Android, Microsoft and maybe even Facebook. People can book tickets via mobile, even pay bills through mobile and can transfer cash from one mobile to another mobile. Through books and magazines, radio and television programs, films, art and theatre, museums and historic sites, Indian culture helps us to understand and to celebrate our lives as Indians. This paper discusses the importance of cultural heritage of Indian activities and the detailed reports of influence of technology and act as a creative agent of cultural renaissance.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Social Media, Mass Media

Haytko, Diana L.; Parker, R. Stephen (2012). Social Networking Tools in a University Setting: A Student's Perspective, Journal of Instructional Pedagogies. As Professors, we are challenged to reach ever-changing cohorts of college students as they flow through our classes and our lives. Technological advancements happen daily and we need to decide which, if any, to incorporate into our classrooms. Our students constantly check Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other online social networks. Should we be posting course materials to these sites, or using them as communication vehicles? We asked 236 students in two states if they believe there is a use for these sites in the learning process. The answer was a definite NO. Students want to keep their social roles and their student roles separate.   [More]  Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Social Media, Telecommunications

Adebiaye, Richmond (2010). Interpreting User's Choice of Technologies: A Quantitative Research on Choosing the Best Web-Based Communication Tools, ProQuest LLC. The proliferation of web-based communication tools like email clients vis-a-vis Yahoo mail, Gmail, and Hotmail have led to new innovations in web-based communication. Email users benefit greatly from this technology, but lack of security of these tools can put users at risk of loss of privacy, including identity theft, corporate espionage, and computer damage. In this dissertation, I examine the reasons users choose email client sites. The study begins with description of email clients and social networking sites which are part of web-based communication tools. This description is complemented by a survey of web-based communication tools to gain an understanding of the users' selection criteria, the types of human relationship information available, and how users made their choice of these communication tools. The computational problem of users' behavior in choosing the best web-based communication tool is to determine what prompted these users in their choice and why? I presented two sets of algorithms for calculating these choice inferences and reasons, one for demographic relationship in order to determine the influence of demography in choosing the best web-based communication tools, and the other were the influence of other parameters like features, technology and peer group influence ratings. Each is then analyzed theoretically to determine how accurately they calculate the opinions of users of web-based communication tools and specifically test their choice. The findings from these studies provide new understanding of (1) why users of web-based communication tools made their choice; (2) what constitutes their inspiration in making their choice and why? [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: www.proquest.com/en-US/products/disserta…   [More]  Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Mail, Privacy, Social Networks

Richmond, Nancy (2014). Digital Ethnography: Understanding Faculty Use of an Online Community of Practice for Professional Development, ProQuest LLC. This doctoral thesis explored how faculty members in higher education use an online community of practice for professional development in teaching and, if so, in what ways and for what purposes? Answering this inquiry involved the knowledge of social constructivism, higher education, teaching, professional development, and online communities. Vygotsky's theory on social constructivism and the zone of proximal development were used to understand the social interactions and peer-to-peer learning in the "Higher Education and Learning" group on LinkedIn. A digital ethnography was used to answer this question within the context of the "Higher Education Teaching and Learning" online community. The research study found that faculty members in a LinkedIn group appeared to be learning from online social interactions through cognitive structuring, feedback, scaffolding, questioning and contingency management. The major topics discussed included "Best Teaching and Learning Practices", "Challenges in Teaching and Learning", "Faculty Resources and Professional Development" and "Technology". [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: www.proquest.com/en-US/products/disserta…   [More]  Descriptors: Ethnography, Teacher Participation, Communities of Practice, Computer Mediated Communication

Kriegel, Otis (2014). Everything a New Elementary School Teacher Really Needs to Know (But Didn't Learn in College), Free Spirit Publishing. Not your typical how-to manual for new teachers, this no-nonsense, jargon-free elementary school teacher resource offers a wide variety of tools and tactics for getting through every school day with grace and sanity. Covered in glue, glitter, orange juice–or worse? Make a quick change into the spare set of clothes you keep on hand for just this purpose. Butterflies in your stomach before your first-ever Meet the Teacher Night? Keep your cool by writing the agenda on your board–it'll double as a crib sheet for you. These tips and hundreds more, covering virtually every aspect of teaching, have all been learned the hard way: from real-life classroom experience. Otis Kriegel's "little black book" will be a treasured resource for teachers who want to not only survive but thrive in any situation.   [More]  Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Guides, Classroom Techniques

Rocchio, Rose A. (2014). An Introduction to BYOE Mobile Data Collection, EDUCAUSE. Smartphone ownership among college-aged Americans is high and growing, and many students own more than one mobile device. Such devices are increasingly incorporated into the academic lives of students, and the era of "bring your own everything" presents new opportunities and challenges for higher education. Mobile data collection is the practice of gathering data in the field via a personal mobile device. This paper serves as an introduction to the four main types of MDC–passive, public, crowdsourced, and private–highlighted with exploratory use cases that demonstrate how learning, research, and community engagement can leverage this new technology space.   [More]  Descriptors: Data Collection, Handheld Devices, Higher Education, Technology Integration

Kronenberg, Felix A. (2014). Extending the Classroom: Digital Micro-Narratives for Novice Language Learners, Dimension. Digital Storytelling offers many advantages for language learning, especially within a project-based framework. In this article, the use of Digital Micro-Narratives is proposed as particularly useful for second language learners at the novice level. As a sub-genre of Digital Storytelling, Digital Micro-Narratives focus more on frequently updated content and continuous feedback and less on crafting a flawless final product, as is the case with more traditional Digital Storytelling. The value of Digital Micro-Narratives lies within a procedural framework that fosters agency, authenticity, the use of multiple modes and media, and which addresses individual learner differences and inspires identity formation.   [More]  Descriptors: Novices, Electronic Learning, Electronic Publishing, Story Telling

Wilson, Renee L. (2014). Batons and Babies: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study of Mothers Who Are Band Directors, Texas Music Education Research. The purpose of this study was to examine what it is to be a mother and a band director from the perspectives of 15 women. The researcher hoped to create a document which will be helpful to band directors who are or who someday may become mothers. According to statements made in the Band Director Group on Facebook, there is a need for a sense of community among those who are mothers and band directors. The fundamental question that drove this study was "What is the experience of being both a mother and a band director?" Within that question, the joys and challenges of being both a mother and a band director were identified along with resources that mother/band directors reported as helpful. Also included is advice these women would share with others about managing this life. This research is a qualitative, phenomenological study of the experiences of women who are both mothers and band directors, using a social constructivist interpretive framework. Data collection included surveys, text messages and email messages. The most common topic of discussion was balance: balance of time, balance of financial resources, balance of household duties, balance of childcare, and balance of emotional self. The first category, "Logistical Concerns," addressed such things as arranging childcare and caring for the home. The second category, "Time Management," addressed the time mother/band directors spend with and without their children. The third category is "Resources and Support." This category has the subtopics of "Supportive Husband," "Friends and Family," and "Discrimination." The fourth category, "Emotional Effects," has additional subtopics: "Advice Shared," "Beneficial Effects of Music on Children," and "Beneficial Effects of the Band Family on Children." It was found that much like other working mothers, mothers who direct bands must become excellent managers of their resources. Coordinating childcare for evening and weekend obligations is an idea which surfaced many times throughout the data collection and literature review phases of this study. Supportive husbands can have a powerful influence in this area, providing care for their children, assisting their wives with logistical details of running rehearsals and setting up for concerts, and sporting a positive attitude regarding job demands. Family and in-laws can also have a significant, positive impact on the function of the mother/band director's family by their involvement and support. [Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Music Educators Association (San Antonio, TX, Feb 2014).]   [More]  Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Phenomenology, Mothers, Music Activities

Domingo, Myrrh (2014). Transnational Language Flows in Digital Platforms: A Study of Urban Youth and Their Multimodal Text Making, Pedagogies: An International Journal. In an increasingly diverse and digital society, understanding changes in contemporary communication practices that both draw from and extend beyond traditional principles of composition serves as an apt construct for exploring the nexus among youth, literacy and technology. This article will examine instances of urban youth exchanges in digital platforms; and, within that, consider the shifting role of authorship and writing among transnational youth. Drawing data from a three-year ethnography, the focus of this article will be given to analysing digital platforms as sites social language development. As digital platforms increasingly involve "transduction" and "transformation" of text making, the multimodal means for meaning making and the social factors shaping multimodal ensembles will be highlighted. The analytic approach will combine ethnographic, multimodal and sociocultural theories, method and description for accessing digital data and environments. Findings from this study will be used to explore implications for pedagogically working with students of varied participation backgrounds and to generate curricular potentials that integrate digital tools for developing collaborative and differentiated learning environments.   [More]  Descriptors: Urban Areas, Youth, Ethnography, Language Acquisition

Carpenter, Jeffrey P.; Krutka, Daniel G. (2014). How and Why Educators Use Twitter: A Survey of the Field, Journal of Research on Technology in Education. While the microblogging service Twitter is increasingly popular among educators and offers numerous affordances for learning, its relationship with formal education systems remains complicated by generally ambivalent educator attitudes and institutional policies. To better understand the role Twitter plays in education, we conducted a survey of 755¬┬áK-16 educators that yielded quantitative and qualitative data concerning how and why the medium is used. Respondents reported intense and multifaceted utilization of the service, with professional development (PD) uses more common than interactions with students or families. Educators valued Twitter's personalized, immediate nature, and the positive and collaborative community it facilitated. Many cited Twitter's role in combating various types of isolation and described it as superior to traditional professional development. We finish by discussing implications for educators, researchers, and educational institutions.   [More]  Descriptors: Social Media, Computer Mediated Communication, Teacher Attitudes, Technology Uses in Education

Saadati, Farzaneh; Tarmizi, Rohani Ahmad; Ayub, Ahmad Fauzi Mohd (2014). Utilization of Information and Communication Technologies in Mathematics Learning, Indonesian Mathematical Society Journal on Mathematics Education. Attention to integrate technology in teaching and learning has provided a major transformation in the landscape of education. Therefore, many innovations in teaching and learning have been technology-driven. The study attempted to examine what is engineering students' perception regarding the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in mathematics learning as well as investigate their opinion about how ICT can be integrated to improve teaching and learning processes. The subjects were Iranian engineering students from two universities. The finding showed they are fully aware of importance of ICT in teaching and learning mathematics. Whilst, they were feeling comfortable and confident with technology, they do not have more experience of using technology in mathematics classes before. The findings supported the other studies, which indicated the potentials of ICT to facilitate students' learning, improve teaching, and enhance institutional administration as established in the literature.   [More]  Descriptors: Information Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Mathematics Education, Technology Integration

Gamble, Craig; Wilkins, Michael (2014). Student Attitudes and Perceptions of Using Facebook for Language Learning, Dimension. This research provides insight into Japanese students' perceptions and attitudes of participating in activities through Facebook for language learning. In addition, the authors discuss the overall implications of and potential uses for Facebook in the field of second language learning and teaching. Ninety-seven students from three private universities in Japan participated in this study. A 26-item quantitative questionnaire using a 7-point Likert scale and an open-ended qualitative questionnaire were used in this study. The results showed a small increase in positive attitudes toward most activities for language learning following the completion of the study compared to prior perceptions, but there were mixed attitudes toward using Facebook in an educational environment.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Shams, Shaila (2014). Efficacy of Online Social Networks on Language Teaching: A Bangladeshi Perspective, IAFOR Journal of Education. It is now an established fact that the use of technology facilitates teaching and learning in language classrooms. With the advancement of technology, social networking websites have emerged too. Social networking sites have been quite popular among various age group users particularly the young users since their invention. Also, they are conceived to be able to motivate (Greenhow, Robelia, & Hughes, 2009) and expose learners to the authentic use of the target language (Baralt, 2011). However, very little research has been done, especially in Bangladesh, on how much these websites can contribute to language learning and teaching though they seem to offer ample opportunities. Therefore, this study aims at investigating the effect of using "The Facebook", a social networking website, in language classrooms at tertiary level in Bangladesh. Participants of this study were first year first semester university students doing a foundation course in English focusing to improve their listening, speaking and writing skills. The participants were divided into two groups. Group 1 was the control group who was taught traditionally and non-digitally without using Facebook. Group 2, along with classroom teaching, received help from the instructor through Facebook and did tasks assigned on Facebook. At the end of the three months semester a test was taken and the result of both groups was compared. Thus, this study shall try to provide an answer regarding to what extent online social networks can facilitate second language acquisition.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Technology Uses in Education, College Freshmen

Forden, Carie L.; Carrillo, Amy M. (2014). Integrating Global Learning into a Psychology Course Using an Online Platform, Psychology Learning and Teaching. There is a demand for the integration of global learning/diversity across the curriculum. A series of cross-cultural assignments was created to facilitate global learning in two social psychology classes, one in Egypt, and one in the USA. In these assignments, students collected data and applied course concepts to real-life problems, then discussed their work on a Facebook page. A survey at the end of the semester found that students reported a greater appreciation for diversity, a decline in prejudice, and a new recognition of cultural similarities. Students also felt that their cross-cultural collaboration had helped them better understand and think more deeply about course concepts. Considerations for using online platforms as a global learning tool are discussed.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Global Education, Cross Cultural Training

Carpi, Tiziana (2014). SNS for Learners at Beginner Level: An Alternative Use of FB, Research-publishing.net. Despite that previous studies have shown that the implementation of Social Network Sites (SNSs) into the classroom may bring several learning benefits, the focus has been mainly restricted to learners at intermediate language level with a focus on use of SNSs for fostering communicative competence or as class management. This project, implemented on a voluntary basis in a class of 103 first year students of Japanese L2 at an Italian University, challenged the use that has been made of SNSs so far and integrated Facebook for simple authentic language tasks. The study investigated: 1) students' perceptions and attitudes towards the use of Facebook (FB) to learn and practice Japanese script through digital devices, and 2) the potential benefits of FB in terms of language and cultural learning. Data were collected through questionnaires (pre and post project), language tasks and three language tests. Results show that students who participated in the FB project did not only provide very positive feedback but also performed better in the language test. [For full proceedings, see ED565087.]   [More]  Descriptors: Social Networks, Social Media, Second Language Instruction, Japanese

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