Facebooking My Space: An Introduction to New Technologies and Their Impact on University Life and Learning : Facebooking My Space: An Introduction to New Technologies and Their Impact on University Life and Learning Dana J. Wilber
Montclair State University
March 28, 2007 Overview of workshop: Overview of workshop What are social networking sites, blogs, and wikis?
Why should I care?
How can I use new technologies in my teaching? Should I?
Where should higher education go next, in terms of new technologies?
Answer: iPods, beer, Facebook: Answer: iPods, beer, Facebook Question: What are the three most popular things on college campuses? source: CNN 06/08/2006 “Millennials” (Howe and Strauss, 2000): “Millennials” (Howe and Strauss, 2000) Born since 1982
Raised in relative prosperity
Aware of and concerned with standards, educationally & socially
More than technologically proficient
“Insider” and “Outsider” perspectives (Prensky, 2000)
“Mindsets” (Lankshear & Knobel, 2003)
Welcome to Web 2.0: Welcome to Web 2.0 The Machine is Us/ing Us Some definitions : Some definitions Social networking (site): space designed to present a representation to self that is linked to others in order to create or increase connections between people
Blog/blogging: regularly updated website, posted in reverse order, integrates links & multimedia
Wikis: information resource co-authored by all users
Web 2.0 College students & new literacies: College students & new literacies
College students as early adopters of technologies (Jones, 2004)
Wide-scale impact of new technologies on college experience
e.g. email, social networking sites (Facebook)
Perceived gap between “real life” and college (Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005)
Limited technology integration in higher education: mostly online courses, email and bulletin board studies (Educause, 2005) “Network”?: “Network”? Nodes and ties
“Memes” and ideas
Diffusion of innovations
Education as collaborative
Networking higher ed Facebook: Facebook Nearly 18 million users
Estimated 85% of college students in U.S.
Individual profiles linked by geography and institution
Nearly 1 billion photos posted Information categories include:
cell phone number
IM screen name
MySpace: MySpace Fifth most-popular website online
More than 100 million users
Estimated 230,000 members added daily
Tom is everyone’s friend
Top 8 is the place to be
Multimodal and customizable
"Shame Game" Columbia Journalism Review
NetFamily Report Sample Facebook page: Sample Facebook page Facebook Sample MySpace page: Sample MySpace page MySpace Profiling two students....: Profiling two students.... and their technologies: and their technologies Create and maintain pages on two social networking sites: Facebook and MySpace (more time spent on the preferred site)
Connecting to people through searching for shared interests
Respond to friend requests
Create and join online groups – some related to or situated within the university network, some not
Post comments on pages
Re/design their own pages – using visual elements (more so in MySpace), adding music (MySpace), changing their profile picture or other information, uploading photos
Make new friends by sending friend requests
Surf profiles and pages, looking up people they may or may not know (e.g. looking at shared interests, group pages and memberships, other)
Email with friends and for work or school, including contacting faculty
Chat using synchronous chat software
Text message friends, family, others using their cell phones
Surf online more generally, looking for information, news, other
Breaking down new literaciesfrom Lankshear & Knobel, 2007: Breaking down new literacies from Lankshear & Knobel, 2007 “paradigmatically new”
Student and group networks
New avenues for communication
Ideas of participation
Shifts in writing practices and the nature of text Main themes & questions thus far: Main themes & questions thus far What does it mean to write?
Academic vs. new literacies
Communication and connection
College is online *and* off, always
Faculty positions and knowledge
Are we permanent outsiders? Can we be members of student networks? Should we be?
Technology integration in higher ed
What should technology use look like? What can or should we build on? Critique? Is this real? What is real?: Is this real? What is real? Andrew: i’m interested in some of these subjects, but im not always sure how these classes will help me
Dr. D: what do you need to learn from college, do you think?
Andrew: i’m not sure what i can learn here. i need to get that piece of paper and i don't know what school can teach me about the real world. how can it? college is seperate from the real world, just as primary school. you can't learn about the world by going inside and talking about it.
D: how would you change college?
A: vocations training. hands on. practice, not theory
D: tell me more -- make it specific to you
A: im a history major, i don't know what ill be able to do with that degree when i graduate. i don't know that i'll have any marketable or resume worthy skills. i dont know if a business-world setting would be good, but some kind of on-site training that gave students experiance. i think experiance is the only real way to learn things. well, maybe not the only way. but its the best way. it gives the most knowledge in the least amount of time with the biggest impact
D: so learning information has little impact, you mean
A: two months in a classroom in dickson hall learning about prisons didnt give me the same feeling as going to northern state prison in newark
D: good point.
Uses of blogs and wikis : Uses of blogs and wikis Collaborative information creation
Course wikis authored also by students
Personal investment and voice
Self-authored, ongoing texts
Interaction and investment
Blogs as assessment and investment: Blogs as assessment and investment I was never aware of the life of the Hazaras in Afghanistan. After reading the "Kite Runner", I realized that there exists a group of people called Hazaras who have been mistreated and killed because of their ethnicity and being diffrent than most Muslims. Even the government of Afghanistan has attempted eliminating the Hazaras from their country. The Hazaras do not only experience descrimination but are deprived of their freedom and have to live in segregation every day. Many Hazaras also had to experience the death of a family member as they are being killed and raped in front of them . The children are left to live as orphans and they have to care for themselves and seclude themselves from society in order to avoid being mistreated and killed. Hassan for example, despite of being Amir's friend, is often neglected by him because Amir only plays with him when he is by himself and when he is boared. Amir's friendhip towards Hassan is not loyal when compared to Hassan's friendship towards him. Hassan shows that he will do anything for Amir and is willing to stand up for him and help Amir whenever it is necessary. Amir in the other hand never does anything like that for Hassan and he never even calls Hassan his friend. The life of the Hazaras is something that I have taken a special interest in because I believe that it is wrong and something should be done to help them.
Student post, Spring 2007 So what?: So what? Authenticity and abstraction
Connecting academic and new literacies
Learning the practices we *don’t* preach
Exploring the interconnections of identity and literacies
Adopting new tools, texts, and practices Essential resources : Essential resources Barbara Ganley, Middlebury
danah boyd, UCLA
Blogging Pedagogy, UT Austin