This was an invited presentation for Concordia University Texas, presented on November 13, 2014.
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Article Reference: Hughes, J. E., Ko, Y., Lim, M. , & Liu, S. (In Press.) Preservice teachers’ social networking use, concerns, and educational possibilities: Trends from 2008-2012. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education
Abstract of the paper this presentation is based upon: This four-year, cross-sectional study, situated in one U.S. university, investigated 206 preservice teachers’ use of social network services (SNS) in teacher preparation and their disposition toward using it in their future teaching. Using descriptive survey methodology, results revealed nearly all preservice teachers used a general SNS (e.g., Facebook), but about 40% never read blogs, wrote blogs, or read wikis; about 90% never wrote wikis, and about 80% never read/wrote Twitter. SNS users consumed/read more content than created and/or shared. Use of SNS for professional activities rose from 7% to 22%. Trends indicated general SNS (e.g., Facebook) and Twitter use was mostly personal, while reading blogs, wikis, and writing blogs was equally personal and educational, and writing wikis was mostly educational. The majority of these preservice teachers put “a lot” of restrictions on their SNS accounts. The likelihood that preservice teachers felt they would use social networking in their future teaching became less likely. Discussion (a) examines how teacher education programs prepare new teachers as learners and designers of new technologies and (b) describes a sequence of SNS experiences that may develop preservice teachers as learners, designers, and ultimately connected educators.