PROMOTING DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP(2)

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  • How has the internet (and Web 2.0 in particular) changed how we conceptualize the “classroom?”

No doubt that the use of Web and its penetration has changed the way of learning and teaching. Internet has become considerably spreading widely around the world everywhere around us. Greenhow, Robelia, and Hughes (2009) stated that “Public instructional classrooms with Internet access grew to 94%,” it is dramatically estimated percentages of using the internet by adolescents users. It was used as communication and education resources, arranged websites hold or controlled by content providers. Educators can obtain, read and brows the publish information. Web 1.0 was mostly focus on text-based online (read and write only). In contrast, Web 2.0 has dramatically changed the use of internet, the authors categorized Web 2.0 as “relationship technologies, and participatory media, and social digital technology”  which facilitates the ability for people to share, read, write, design and upload via various social networks.  Both of educators and students are more likely to be creative  and engaged in producing their works such as Weebly, Wix, Podcast, blogs and Videocasts. The basic distinction between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is the evolving of technological tools. Also, it facilitates the blended learning by having communicative, cooperative environment between students and their teachers. It has increased more mutual benefits between students and teachers , chances and choices of using, sharing, creating the materials which enables more  and  enthusiasm, engagement,  impulse toward learning. We used to have teacher-centered the classroom but gradually by recent advances of technology classroom  heavily comprised of students’ voice, suggestions, ideas, knowledge, skills and cooperation, so the role of teacher has shifted over the time. Moreover,  there are many techniques and methods of assessing students rather than being inclusive in conventional methods (tests). Teachers are able to utilize various activities that broaden students’ horizons and elaborate their critical thinking.

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