Share Paper: Connecting Pre-Service Teachers with Professional Networks: Semester Long Use of Twitter in Teacher Education

  1. Nandita Gurjar, University of Northern Iowa, United States
Friday, March 22 12:00-12:30 PM Sunset 6

Abstract: This mixed methods research presents findings from a semester long use of Twitter in a teacher education course where preservice teachers (N=75) used Twitter to connect with professional networks through Twitter chats, and to share their class activities, artifacts, and blogs in a socially-shared networked space. The purpose of the research was to examine preservice teachers’ perception of their semester long use of Twitter. The methodology consisted of a survey administered through Qualtrics and content analysis of student blogs. Data analysis involved analyzing the survey results and drawing thematic data from the blogs. Findings indicated that professional networking on Twitter ...