Social Media Instruction in Teacher Education: Research in Progress
Abstract: The recent rise of social media has been quickly followed by an emergent field of study concerning how social media might be leveraged educationally (Carpenter & Krutka, 2015b). Despite the many risks and regulations with social media use in P-12 schools (Ewbank, Carter, & Foulger, 2010; Xie, 2013), the task as teacher educators lies in preparing pre-service and in-service teachers to counter fear of these risks with sound, researched-based advice and ideas on how to effectively integrate and model technology use for their students. Three teacher education professors who have embraced the use of social media in their classes will share preliminary data from an in-progress research study. Session attendees will have an opportunity to share ways they have used social media as well as provide feedback to the professor-researchers on the progress of their study.