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NetworkED: Technology in Education

Ellen Helsper

Ellen Helsper is a lecturer in Media & Communications at the LSE.

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Value and practice of social networks and social media in education

Date: Wednesday 6th March 2013, 3pm
Graham Wallas Room (AGWR)

Social media are used heavily by most students, the question is whether these should therefore have a place in education and whether there are limits to what they can do. This talk will be a dialogue between practical experience as a teacher and the research that Ellen has been involved in in relation to the use of (social) media by different social groups.

Under the assumption that education aims to be inclusive and improve or create enjoyment in learning some of the benefits and pitfalls of using social media in education will be discussed.  The talk will be based on research regarding how different generations learn using new media, what we can learn from young people’s use of and capabilities in using social media and what we know about the adults that are educating these young people and the importance of social networks (in the traditional sense) in creating a comfortable online learning environment. Research from the EU Kids Online project ( and the World Internet Project ( will form the basis of the discussion, and Ellen will illustrate them by using personal experiences of using social media in higher education.

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Ellen's presentation slides.

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Funded by the LSE Annual Fund.

NetworkEd: Technology in Education is a seminar series organised by LSE's Centre for Learning Technology (CLT). The series invites speakers from education, computing and related fields to discuss how technology is shaping the world of education. Technological developments, particularly the internet, have led to changes in the way institutions can deliver teaching,but are also impacting on students' skills and and their expectations of higher education. The seminar series will also be live streamed to enable an audience from around the world to listen and participate online.