Theme 1. “Communication Outside of Class”: Network.
Communicate inside class
Participants reported using Web 2.0 technologies as a networking tool.
Repeatedly, they described various methods of communicating with others. Participants
said these Web 2.0 technologies contributed to their enhanced experience of
communication within the classroom.
Keep in touch
The participants describe their abilities to communicate with one another. One
participant described the networking tools in the following terms: ―It was easier to
one to use for contacting anyone, as well as Google, Wiki and even You Tube.‖ (P29)
Study participants were positive about the presence of varied forms of networking or
communication made available to them using Web 2.0 technology tools: ―It (Web 2.0
tools) gives students another form of contact with the professor, outside sources, and
other students not typically achieved inside the classroom.‖ (P28) The school setting can
inhibit students from interacting with one another based on the classroom dynamic. One
participant details how these pressures and communication barriers are eliminated with
the use of Web 2.0 technology: ―With Facebook and YouTube, students can keep in
touch and communicate without feeling the pressure of school.‖ (P16)