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Transforming Education with New Media

Participatory Pedagogy, Interactive Learning, and Web 2.0

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Peter DePietro

The possibilities that online platforms and new media technologies provide, in terms of human connection and the dissemination of information, are seemingly endless. With Web 2.0 there is an exchange of messages, visions, facts, fictions, contemplations, and declarations buzzing around a network of computers that connects students to the world – fast. Theoretically this digital connectivity, and the availability of information that it provides, is beneficial to curriculum development in higher education. Education is easily available, democratic, and immersive. But is it worthwhile? Is the kind of education one can get from new media platforms and social media resources, with their click-on videos, rollover animations, and unfiltered content, of sufficient quality that educators should integrate these tools into teaching? This book examines the use of new media in pedagogy, as it presents case studies of the integration of technology, tools, and devices in an undergraduate curriculum taught by the author, at an urban research university in the United States.
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DePietro, Peter.Transforming education with new media: participatory pedagogy, interactive learning, and Web 2.0 / Peter DePietro.pages cm. — (Counterpoints. Studies in the postmodern theory of education; v. 435) Includes bibliographical references. Includes bibliographical references. 1. Internet in education. 2. Internet in education—Case studies. 3. Online social networks. 4. Online social networks—Case studies. I. Title.

LB1044.87.D46 004.67’8071—dc23 2012007810 ISBN 978-1-4331-1793-0 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-1794-7 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-0831-0 (e-book) ISSN 1058-1634

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