Theme 2. “Provided Another Way to Access”: Convenience.
This theme emerged as participants described their experiences of the process of
making successful connections with the language learning materials and the process
which they used to do so. Many participants described the bountifulness of the Web 2.0
resources available to them. One participant described how the learning experiences
travelled outside of the classroom walls: ―My iPod has really helped me with Spanish
101. I can listen to it whenever I want. My car has a jack so my iPod plays through my
car stereo which is nice. My iPod plays videos so I can watch the Spanish videos also.‖
(P6) The portability of Web 2.0 technology makes the learning experience convenient.
podcasts for sure. This lets students include this on their iPod, and bring it with them
wherever they go. (many people have mp3 players on their phones now).‖ (P26)
These Web 2.0 tools are very accessible to many students.
described the language learning process: ―(It) Enhanced it. Easy to use. Very accessible.
Helped a lot in Spanish to be able to hear the language any time I needed to.‖ (P16) With
the ability for multiple access to the learning material through Web 2.0 tools students can
conveniently access one another as resources. Participant 1 describes the experience in a
previous language class: ―(using) Google Docs. Students can collaborate on projects and
study together remotely. I used Google Docs with a French group last quarter and it
greatly enhanced the learning experience.‖ Another participant echoed the same