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Twitter as Professional Development?

Brave New World published an article about participatory learning and teaching in the 21st century, which asserts that educators cannot ignore the technologies that permeate our students’ lives, especially since social media creates participatory and communal environments that support a very different kind of learning than the traditional classroom in which an authoritative instructor delivers content to passive students.

The author further argues that teachers need to be constant learners, and contends that Twitter may be a way to accomplish this: “Educators who participate in Twitter networks are well placed to support students in the use of relevant digital technologies because the Twitter community shares knowledge, resources and expert advice.”

I think the author brings up an interesting question of what teachers need to pay attention to in order to position themselves as lifelong learners. Another way to think about this is where and how educators seek professional development. I’d love to hear from our UC Davis community–how do you seek support for your development as an educator? Do you find yourself using social media networks? Institutional professional development programs? Published articles? Conversations with colleagues? 

http://tsheko.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/participatory-learning-a-prerequisite-to-21st-century-teaching/

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  • aacopiadoras April 2, 2014, 1:10 am

    I´m not a trained teacher but I lead workshops about digital graphic design and I believe that even if social media (such as Twitter) didn´t have the tools oriented to sharing resources it should still be considered and studied. It is part of what educators “need to pay attention to in order to position themselves as lifelong learners”. Why? Because they should study the consequences and/or uses of what is trendy in order to understand how young learners interact in current times.

  • jessica moreh April 9, 2014, 6:32 am

    twitter is always helpful in your professional development. i have experienced it.

  • new era April 12, 2014, 5:24 am

    Good! Here is what I’ve been reading: Twitter in Higher Education: New Pedagogy in the Knowledge Era of Globalization
    Krishna Bista (University of Louisiana – Monroe, USA)

    Abstract
    Twitter as a micro-blog in higher education has been considered a new pedagogical tool for social and academic communications among educators and students since its inception in 2006. Twitter provides space and opportunities for students and faculty to engage in social and academic activities as a new pedagogical tool. Despite the limited research on Twitter as a learning tool, a significant number of educators in the US, the UK, Australia, and other parts of the world have used Twitter to interact with students, to share course information, and to collaborate research among educators. This chapter presents existing literature on Twitter and debates on the usage of Twitter in higher education as a learning pedagogy.
    http://www.igi-global.com/chapter/twitter-in-higher-education/96061

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