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W4 Q2_Jeong
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September 23, 2021 - 10:27 pm

1) Social media are spaces that provide increased interactive features as Web 2.0 applications (Cormode & Krishnamurthy, 2008). It blurs the distinction between consumers and providers by featuring user-generated content that allows for “the creation or sharing/exchange of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks (Wikipedia, 2021).”
2) Before taking this course, I did not use social media such as Facebook and Twitter much. Actually, I tried to avoid it because I thought there were many side effects to social media, such as addiction and constantly comparing myself to others. Instead, I frequently used YouTube as a search engine, and I still use YouTube for my instructional resources or my own learning. Sometimes, I searched YouTube for lectures, if I want to learn and understand more about the contents of particular articles. Also, I subscribed to YouTubers who lecture and create contents about English learning to receive feeds on time.
3) In the case of YouTube, I felt that it absorbed more social networks sites functions, such as adding ‘tag’ and ‘chat’ features. I don’t make the video myself, but I click on like buttons, comment and share videos. I sometimes use videos in my class to help students understand the concepts better.

36 Posts
September 24, 2021 - 9:13 am

Hi Jeong,
I want to push on one part of the question for W4 Q2: “1) define the space – what made it social media (i.e., provide support from the readings in your definition);” What makes YouTube a “Web 2.0” or “social media” according to the readings you’ve done? Can you say more about why you would put YouTube in the category of social media? I look forward to your response!

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September 24, 2021 - 9:03 pm

Since you have been a classroom teacher yourself, have you used social media sites as platforms of learning with your students? And would you say that these sites can be used for teaching and learning across grades, or do you think there is a certain maturity and literacy level that we should account for in students before introducing them in a learning context.

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September 25, 2021 - 7:24 pm

Dr. Greenhow- As noted in Cormode and Krishnamurthy (2008), social media which is including in Web 2.0 sites differ from Web 1.0 by more making the user a first-class object, and by advancing in technology to make interaction easier for the users. In this respect, YouTube can be considered as Web 2.0 or social Media, because it shares information or interests with other users not only by uploading videos in an interactive manner and but also having features like comments, polls, and community posts that provide interaction between users actively.

Suha- Thanks for asking. I have used a platform for classrooms of about Web 1.5 platform made by Korean educators. It was a basic platform for students to share their works or comment on it. Also, I used YouTube in my class very limitedly. In Korean context, social media are considered bad and just obstacles to learning by parents and many educator communities, I was not able to use it widely in my teaching and to be honest, I couldn’t pay much attention to it. As I asked you in your posting, I think each country seems to have slightly different views and purposes of using social media among its members.

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