A Chaperone: Twitter for Professional Guidance, Social Support and Personal Empowerment in Online Workshops

ID: 42009 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Efrat Pieterse, The Open University of Israel , Israel
  2. Yehuda Peled, The Western Galilee College, Israel

Wednesday, June 25 10:30 AM-11:00 AM

Presider:
Thomas Argondizza, The Pennsylvania State University, United States

This research examines the benefits of Twitter as a support tool for the enhancement of social interaction among participants in an online induction workshop; to aid the workshops' moderator in monitoring the group and enhance and support the early-service teachers' growth. The 6914 Tweets that were posted during the induction workshop enabled the workshops' moderator constant monitoring of the participants' progress, lows and highs. They reveal a process of socialization among the participants which leads to personal and professional support, thus enhancing the new teachers' professional growth Keywords: Twitter, pre-service teachers, online workshop, teacher empowerment.

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