MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES FOR EDUCATION: ATTITUDES TO SOCIAL MEDIA

Sibel Ergün Elverici

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It is true that mobile technologies are growing day by day and as part of they are becoming more and more integrated into everyday lives of people of all ages. One of the reasons of their growing popularity is because they serve different needs of individuals. Since mobile technologies have gained importance and become a powerful asset, different uses of them and their integration in education have become a question of many researches in the field. To have better communication and reach the new generation integrating technology to education programs is among these questions. More importance is attributed to technology enhanced teaching and learning activities than in the past. In this regard, as part of mobile technologies, social media has also become more significant. One of the descriptions of social media is platforms where students have constant access to information. Within the education context, it has become prominent that not only social media provides constant access to information, but it also supports students by allowing them to share content, collaborate and support learning. Therefore, again in the context of mobile technologies, by investigating the attitudes of students in higher education towards using social media for educational purposes, this study aims to develop a deeper and more comprehensive understanding about their possible use in education. 202 university students formed the sample of this study. Descriptive survey design with a 5 point Likert survey and semi-structured interview were used for the study. The findings of the study suggest that students have a high opinion of social media use and support its use for educational purposes.

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mobile technologies, social media, educational technology, technology integration, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attitudes, MALL, MELL

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejfl.v5i3.3519

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