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Using Online Social Networks to Build Healthy Communities: A Design-based Research Investigation
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, Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, United States ; , , Center for Technology and School Change, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This paper discusses the design and evaluation of an online social network used within twenty-two established after school programs across three major urban areas in the Northeastern United States. The purpose of this after school program is to empower students in grades K-8 to work within their communities to prevent obesity through healthy eating and exercise. The online social network is designed to support communication among the participants in this after school program. Results indicate that the online social network has potential for advancing the program’s goals; however, greater attention is needed in emphasizing the network’s purpose to participating educators, and the design should better support critical thinking, social presence, and play.

Citation

Cocciolo, A., Mineo, C. & Meier, E. (2010). Using Online Social Networks to Build Healthy Communities: A Design-based Research Investigation. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3107-3116). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 6, 2020 from .