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Mejias on social software and learning

Innovations in educational technology are often seen as opportunities to transform
learning, and social software (blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, etc.) is no exception. But
are the tensions between pedagogies and social software the result of attempts to make
the latter conform to traditional teaching practices, or are they signs of real opportunities
for rethinking learning processes? In this article, I explore the role that social software can
play in new models of learning and participating in society. While social software can
connect learners to new resources and to each other in new ways, I argue that its true
potential lies in helping us figure out how to integrate our online and offline social
experiences. Thus, social software must live up to its name by relating to the individual’s
everyday social practices, which include interacting with people online as well as people
without access to these technologies. I conclude that social software can positively impact
pedagogy by inculcating a desire to reconnect to the world as a whole, not just the social
parts that exist online.


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