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Academic Social Networking Brings Web 2.0 Technologies to the Middle Grades

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Middle School Journal Volume 42, Number 5, ISSN 0094-0771


The middle grades are an exciting time for adolescents to explore, learn, and collaborate with one another (National Middle School Association, 2010). By incorporating an academic social network as part of the classroom experience, collaboration and active learning take on new forms, and a transformation from passive learning to active learning may occur. Based on the success with academic social networking in the language arts classrooms at Canonsburg Middle School in Pennsylvania, an initiative has been started to explore their use in other disciplines such as science, where students could post videos from labs and comment via a discussion board. As teachers become more familiar with using new information communication technologies, middle grades students will see a variety opportunities to use familiar Web 2.0 technologies in their classes. (Contains 4 figures.)


Taranto, G., Dalbon, M. & Gaetano, J. (2011). Academic Social Networking Brings Web 2.0 Technologies to the Middle Grades. Middle School Journal, 42(5), 12-19. Retrieved May 26, 2020 from .

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