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					An introduction to
social networking
     Marga Navarrete
m.navarrete@imperial.ac.uk
      1st June 2007
         Social Networking basics
• Web 2.0 describes way people are using the internet as
  an application rather than a set of static pages.
• The popularity of social networking services are a large
  part of Web 2.0
• At their most basic social networks allow users to create
  a profile for themselves and communicate with other
  “friends” on the network.
• Over the last ten years, social networks have developed
  into a variety of different genres, with different features
  and levels of interaction that appeal to different groups of
  people.
          How popular are they?
People use social networks to connect with people who
share a similar interest, hobby or passion. For example
   – Facebook: is aimed at College/High School networks
     of friends (21,000,000 registered users)
   – Friends Reunited lets you get back in contact with
     your old school or university classmates (12 million
     registered users)
   – MySpace is a social network popular with young
     people who are into music (176,500,000 registered
     users)


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
                          My Space
Myspace.com is a popular social networking website offering an
international, network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups,
photos, music and videos




                   http://groups.myspace.com/learningspanish
            Example Spanish cultural group

• Ask questions about the language and culture
• Discussions can be in either English or Spanish
• Learn about the culture through literature, poetry, latin
  music, facts, history, politics, food
• Share website links



But: feels limited for educational application

http://groups.myspace.com/learningspanish
                             A blog
• It’s like an online diary, with the most recent entry at the top of the
  page. Has a personal, informal voice.
• Visitors can comment on the blog entries and start a debate
• You can search blogs using http://www.technorati.com/
• You can start a free blog with a service like http://www.typepad.com
  or http://www.blogger.com
        Blogs: educational application

There are lots of different uses for blogging within
educational environments
• Content-related blog around academic specialty
• Networking and personal knowledge sharing
• Instructional tips for students
• Course announcements and readings
• Recommend links

For more information on blogs in education visit
   http://awd.cl.uh.edu/blog/
                     Second Life
• Second Life is a 3-D virtual
  world entirely built and owned
  by its residents. It opened in
  2003 and has nearly 7 million
  registered users
• Advanced social network, with
  it’s own economy, newspapers
  and institutions
• Users create avatars which
  meet up in the virtual world
  and interact using text chat
  (voice is being introduced)
• Instead of a homepage, people
  buy land and create a home,
  which they can customise or
  invite people to.
      Second Life: educational applications
• Lectures (e.g., people who couldn't attend a face-to-face lecture;
  might be centered in Second Life, or streaming video from a f2f
  lecture)
• Faculty or students creating something that people can walk
  through or manipulate: something where learning benefits from
  happening in a simulated 3D environment.
• Activities that benefit from the participant's sense of being part of a
  group
• Learning a new language and culture by interacting with people
  from that culture

But:
• Time and effort are needed to learn to use Second Life and to build
  things.
Secondlife education page: http://secondlife.com/education
Education Wiki: http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Second_Life_Education_Wiki
Source: http://tlt-swg.blogspot.com/2007/03/educational-uses-of-second-life-notes.html
                  Conclusions
• Online social networks are very popular
• They can have different educational applications
• Look at how they are being used and find educational
  elements in popular behaviour
• Many networks are free to join, but may charge for
  advanced features.
• It’s important to use networks that are time efficient
• Make sure there is enough benefit from the activity
  to justify the effort
                     Task
• In groups of three discuss possible educational
  applications of one of the social networks
  mentioned in this presentation

				
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