New Perspectives on Integrating Social Networking and Internet Communications in the Curriculum
This paper considers several issues in Educational Technology, including the current concern regarding ICT integration in educational and social contexts, the basis for a reform in education and the redirection of the instructional processes.
Current educational curricula do not fully cover children and young people's formative necessities in the present technological society. Although in the western world an important effort is being made at the institutional level to strengthen the presence of ICT in schools, they are usually integrated for use as didactic recourses and supporting tools, which optimise the teaching-learning process.
However, today it is necessary that they are, themselves, an object of study. Students of different educational levels should be trained to use them and their products correctly and critically, especially regarding social networking and all the possibilities provided by Internet communications (Web 2.0 and beyond), which follow the educational constructivist paradigm. Only then will an authentic and efficient integration of educational technologies be possible.