Log On: Exploring Web 2.0 Technologies in the Elementary Classroom

ID: 35439 Type: Full Paper
  1. Krystle Phirangee, York University, Canada

Tuesday, March 6 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: Capitol A View on map

Presider: Md Mokter Hossain, University of Alabama, United States

Abstract: This paper is a report on the findings from a major research project, in which I conducted a study involving four full-time elementary teachers, two of whom used Web 2.0 technologies in their classroom and two did not. Overall, my study was guided by the question: What impacts are Web 2.0 technologies having on pedagogy in the elementary classroom? To explore this question, a qualitative approach was adopted where primary data was collected from semi-structured interviews. Furthermore, secondary data was collected from current literature to compliment and synthesize the primary data. Findings indicate that Web 2.0 technologies are redefining the ways teachers meet student-learning needs. More so, there is a shift in how we define the classroom. Learning and teaching is extending beyond the classroom and into a virtual space.

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