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Theme 2. “Provided Another Way to Access”: Convenience.

Anytime access

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.

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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)

Accessibility

These Web 2.0 tools are very accessible to many students.

Participant 16

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

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