Tuesday, June 25
2:45 PM-3:45 PM
Salon A

Social Networking to Engage and Enhance Teacher Training

Brief Paper: Other ID: 40347
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    Nada Mach
    California State University, Dominguez Hills

Abstract: The author will discuss the potential for social networking to enhance the student teaching experience in teacher training. As Seymour Papert (1999) noted, as we get further into the 21st century it is critical to shift from learners engaging with institutional procedures to the institution engaging with the learner. This implies that institutions need to recognize the new cultures of learning and networking, and engage with those cultures. Teacher training candidates are using social networking sites (SNSs) such as Facebook and Twitter on a regular basis in their own lives, and during the last decade a body of research has developed on the uses of SNSs in teacher training settings throughout the world. The author will analyze this body of research to determine best practices and elements in (1) building a sense of community in a teacher training program, specifically in student teaching; (2) enhancing student-centered learning experiences; (3) accessing a broad array of resources; and (4) participating in the broader professional educational community

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