Heather Dick Assignment 1

Abstract

This paper focuses on digital literacies and the evolving pedagogy surrounding the writing process within a multi-modal digital context, in particular the use of Web 2.0 to motivate and improve students’ writing. Web 2.0 represents the changing nature of the internet in that users have become creators of text rather than solely information-seekers. Web 2.0 applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and You tube are already currently used by many children and young people and yet many educators take a negative and protectionist view towards the use of technology. Reasons for this view are expounded upon in the paper.

Recent research conducted in relation to the benefits of using Web 2.0 in the classroom concludes that the use of this aspect of technology is beneficial in improving both students’ motivation to write and their ability to write. One of the main reasons for this improvement is due to the audience factor. Web 2.0 offers a world-wide audience who can provide feedback any time during the writing process.

In order to fully exploit the benefits of Web 2.0, some teachers may need to adjust their pedagogical style to that of a more collaborative teaching and learning environment where learning occurs within a social context, mimicking what naturally occurs when using Web 2.0 applications. The use of Web 2.0 applications in the classroom will have great benefits in assisting students to write. Furthermore, as the use of social media brings students’ real life experiences into the classroom, it promotes a relevant curriculum and prepares students for a digital future.