The Ninth International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education PracticesAugust 15-19, 2012 Herstmonceux CastleEast Sussex, England USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENGAGE TEACHER CANDIDATES IN RELEVANT, TIMELY, AND RICH LEARNING EXPERIENCES Michael Nantais & Jacqueline Kirk Faculty of Education Brandon Universityphoto: by Robert Rongen (TopCastles) http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/topcastles/4619336201/
Let’s get acquainted! • You will find a survey on your table. • Please take a minute to fill it in to help us get to know more about the people in the group. • Once you have filled in the information, pass your survey form to the front so that we can collate the results! • Of course, you can choose not to participate but you will miss out on the fun and fabulous official Brandon University (Participants MUST be present at the time of the draw to claim the prize!!)
PurposeOur goal was to explore how our practice could be improved bythe development and implementation of an online community. ... we considered how the use of an online community enhanced the experience of students in our teacher education program.
1. What strategies can we use to engage our students in meaningful online community building that will contribute to their achievement of course outcomes?2. What, if anything, can we do to motivate students to continue their participation in professional online communities?3. What motivates individuals to participate in online professional learning networks?Research Questions
poster by D. Kuropatwa: http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dkuropatwa/3862101829/
“human learning presupposes a specific social nature” (Vygotsky)
“we are prepared by both our cultural and biological heritage to use language and cultural toolsand to learn from each other” (Rogoff)
We learn through social interactions in authentic, situated contexts ... A Community of Practice (Lave & Wenger)photo by A. Forgave: http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/aforgrave/6078336311/
• reﬂective journals• critical friends conversations• document analysis• observations Data Collection and Analysis
Findings• We experimented with different ways of motivating participation.• Participation from Faculty and from students increased (565 members, July 24, 2012)• Students appreciated “learning beyond the classroom lecture.” Barriers •Asynchronous discussions led to an I-can-do-it-later approach. •Too many online spaces that need attention.
Implications, Applications & Discussion what are your experiences? • What are the benefits for teacher candidates and beginning teachers who participate in professional social networks? • What are some strategies for engaging education students in professional online communities of practice? • What are the possibilities for creating communities that students will continue to access as they move into their
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