Problem Statement

Per a Middle State’s technology objective, teachers at Bishop McDevitt High School must be trained in how to incorporate technology into the curriculum. Many administrators and teachers at Bishop McDevitt do not believe that social networking tools have value in education. A study by researchers at University of Minnesota “found that, of the students observed, 94 percent used the Internet, 82 percent go online at home and 77 percent had a profile on a social networking site.” (University of Minnesota, 2008) “[S]tudents report that one of the most common topics of conversation on the social networking scene is education. Almost 60 percent of students who use social networking talk about education topics online and, surprisingly, more than 50 percent talk specifically about schoolwork.” (National School Boards Association, 2007, 1) This research review will investigate the effects of using social networking technologies as a learning tool across the curriculum to motivate and engage students, thereby deepening student understanding and improving student achievement.

Research Questions

1. How can social networking tools be used in education to engage and motivate students?
2. How can social networking tools be used to deepen student understanding?
3. How can social networking tools be used in the classroom to increase student achievement across the curriculum?


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