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Conference Proceeding


Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications




This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: Bradbury, P. R., & Mcmahon, M. T. (2012). Web 2.0 technologies in remote community schools in Western Australia. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA). (pp. 139-148). Denver, Colorado. Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education. Available here


Web 2.0 Technologies are increasing in their use, particularly as tools for social networking. Their uptake has been pioneered by Generation Y, also known as the ‘Net’ Generation, or ‘Digital Natives’ as tools to enhance online collaboration and communication but the extent to which educators embracing such technologies to enhance teaching and learning is less evident. The purpose of this paper is to report on the research findings of a survey undertaken by teachers in remote community schools in Western Australia focussing upon their use of Web 2.0 technologies in their teaching and learning programs. The results present a number of scenarios that differ from the main stream of belief with regard to both Generation Y and Generation X use of Web 2.0 Technologies suggesting that contexts of learning have a major impact on the integration of such technologies in the classroom and questioning the salience of generational differences in their use.

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