Local Social Networking: Using Twitter to Foster Meaningful Communities of Practice
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Twitter use in graduate teacher education is often cited as a key element in a learner’s gateway to the larger world of education on the Internet often through the lens of connectivism (Siemens, 2005) or as one social networking tool among many in a personal learning network (PLN) (Couros, 2010). This presentation will look at Twitter from a more localized perspective, as a means to extend the hybrid or online classroom beyond the more formalized learning management systems and forums that dominate most university online learning in an effort to create an extended, local community of practice (Lave & Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 1998). In addition, this presentation will examine (a) how Twitter can be successfully integrated into online, hybrid, or face-to-face classes to foster a community of practice, (b) the results from one such implementation of Twitter in a graduate teacher education program, and (c) recommendations for ways to better connect students in our local courses and programs.
Holschuh, D. (2012). Local Social Networking: Using Twitter to Foster Meaningful Communities of Practice. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 412-414). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved December 11, 2013 from http://www.editlib.org/p/39605.
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