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Communications of the Association for Information Systems
Volume 29 | Number 1 Article 35

12-1-2011

Twitter, Google, iPhone/iPad, and Facebook (TGIF) and Smart Technology Environments: How Well Do Educators Communicate with Students via TGIF? J.P. Shim
Department of Computer Information Systems, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, jpshim@cis.gsu.edu

Sasha Dekleva
School of Accountancy and MIS, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University

Chengqi Guo
Department of Computer Information Systems & Management Science, College of Business, James Madison University

Daniel Mittleman
School of Computing, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University

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Shim, J.P.; Dekleva, Sasha; Guo, Chengqi; and Mittleman, Daniel (2011) "Twitter, Google, iPhone/iPad, and Facebook (TGIF) and Smart Technology Environments: How Well Do Educators Communicate with Students via TGIF?," Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 29, Article 35. Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol29/iss1/35

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Twitter, Google, iPhone/iPad, and Facebook (TGIF) and Smart Technology Environments: How Well Do Educators Communicate with Students via TGIF?

J.P. Shim Department of Computer Information Systems, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University JPShim@cis.gsu.edu

Sasha Dekleva School of Accountancy and MIS, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University

Chengqi Guo Department of Computer Information Systems & Management Science, College of Business, James Madison University

Daniel Mittleman School of Computing, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University

This article is a summary of a 2011 Association for Information Systems Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) panel discussion regarding current issues and future directions in the use of mobile technologies and social networks in education. The invited panelists are four faculty members from the United States specializing in Information Systems. The covered topics included evolution and history of e-learning, use of smartphones and tablets in education, development of social network services, and the use of social media (i.e., teaching with blogs and wikis) in the classroom. We discuss future directions in Twitter, Google, iPhone/iPad, and Facebook technology environments. Several resources for social media for college instructors are provided in the Appendix. Keywords: e-learning, smart technology, tablets, social network service, social media, blog, wiki

Volume 29, Article 35, pp. 657-672, December 2011

Volume 29

Article 35

Twitter, Google, iPhone/iPad, and Facebook (TGIF) and Smart Technology Environments: How Well Do Educators Communicate with Students via TGIF?

I. INTRODUCTION
Over the past several years, the use of smart technologies, which provide instantaneous mobile access to any app or feature at the touch of a fingertip, has burgeoned. This is true for devices such as any smartphone or tablet including features such as phone, e-mail, organizer, games, and Web browsers. Smart technology is undeniably one of the most influential modern-day inventions that have become available to this generation. Smart technologybased products are not only multifunctional but also versatile devices, as they provide real-time accessibility to anyone, anytime, and anything, in addition to time-saving applications. With users‘ physical world and virtual world TM TM TM TM intertwining, users increasingly find themselves immersed in the Twitter , Google , iPhone /iPad , and TM Facebook (TGIF) environment, with an increasing need to stay...
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