Social media networks inschools and in teachers’ lives Workshop in Media & Learning Conference Brussels, Belgium 14.11.2012
Welcome - this session!• Teacher networks for professional development Riina Vuorikari, Tellnet Project manager, European Schoolnet• Teachers’ use of social media in schools Janice Richardson, Coordinator of the Insafe and SMILE, European Schoolnet• Teacher networks in 2025 Yves Punie, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
Outline of this presentation• Context: – What are teachers needs for professional development? – What are teacher networks? – What is teachers’ co-operation?• Case study: eTwinning – Social Network Analysis (SNA) for teacher networks
Teachers’ co-operation Context 2.• The TALIS (OECD, 2009) studied various forms of teachers working together – Frequency to undertake activities on 6-point scale ranging from “never” to “weekly”• Possible to group activities: – Exchange and co-ordination for teaching – Professional collaboration
Teachers’ co-operationEXCHANGE AND PROFESSIONAL CO-ORDINATION for teaching COLLABORATION• Discuss and decide on the • Observe other teachers’ selection of instructional media classes and provide feedback. (e.g. textbooks, exercise books). • Teach jointly as a team in the same class.• Exchange teaching materials with colleagues. • Engage in joint activities across different classes and• Attend team conferences for age groups (e.g. projects). the age group I teach. eTwinning projects!
Benefits of teachers’ co-operation• Co-operation among staff creates opportunities for – social and emotional support, – exchange of ideas and – practical advice.• It can enhance – professionalism, – feelings of self-efficacy and – prevent stress and “burnout”• Different kinds of collaboration may not have the same effects!
What are teacher networks?• Learning networks, i.e. technology-supported Context 3. communities – learners share knowledge with one another – jointly develop new knowledge• Can exist on many levels – within a school – across schools at regional, national and international level• More and more often, blended networks => digital world is mixed with the physical one Like our lives too!
What are teacher networks?• Includes various forms of teachers’ co-operation, i.e. teaches working together in groups or teams to improve educational processes and outcomes (OECD, 2009) Context 3.• Contribute to the quality of – the teaching profession and – the learning experience of students – by encouraging collaboration and knowledge exchange at both teacher and student level
eTwinning offers Teachers’ co-operation1. Cross-border school projects • Using Information and Communication Technologies2. Formal and informal professional development • On-line: distance courses and online interest for teachers, • Off-line: Professional Development Workshops, national meetings3. Social networking tools
Social Network Analysis (SNA) for teacher networks A contact of my contact knows a contact of your contact!
Does social capital exist in eTwinning?• Social capital • ability of actors to derive beneﬁts from their membership in social networks • a property of the teachers and of groups Gatekeeper
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Who will not get the virus? The ones who are not connected, e.g. who are notcollaborating with others.
www.tellnet.eun.org• SNA (Social Network Analysis) methods can be well applied to the study of Teacher networks, e.g. eTwinning• Teachers position in the network can be an indicator for their “performance” in eTwinning projects and their potential development path• More studies are needed to understand how, when and why teacher networks advance learning!
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