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Social Media in Elementary School Settings

Social media are Internet-based technologies designed to be used by more than one person. Social media includes any online technology used to enable people to collaborate, including (a) social networking tools; (b) blogs, microblogs, video blogs; (c) work collaboration tools; (d) virtual immersive environments; (e) mobile tools, platforms, and applications; (f) shared media; (g) social bookmarking; and (h) shared workspaces. Social media in the education sector has become popular as an instructional tool in the classroom. Social media can extend learning, model effective communication, and help young learners develop. Social media is part of many university activities and used in some secondary school settings. However social media is not yet used or planned for use in many elementary schools. A recent study in the United ...

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