Digital Media and Social Network in the Training of Pre-Service Teachers

Digital Media and Social Network in the Training of Pre-Service Teachers

Tami Seifert (Kibutzim College of Education, Israel)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3082-4.ch006

Abstract

The use of Web 2.0 environments and social media in teaching and learning facilitates the provision of participatory and creative, learner-oriented teaching. The proposed chapter describes the role of social media in teaching and learning in colleges of higher education and suggests possible uses and applications for a variety of social media environments in education, especially the environments of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Social networks facilitate activities that promote involvement, collaboration and engagement. Modeling of best practices using social networks enhances its usage by students, increases student confidence as to its implementation and creates a paradigm shift to a more personalized, participatory and collaborative learning and a more positive attitude towards its implementation.
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The World Of Web 2.0: Social Media, And Social Networks

Social media tools bring about profound changes in educational settings, supporting a social-constructivist paradigm of learning by promoting creative and collaborative engagement of learners with the digital content and tools (Mâţă, 2013). Several scholars have theorized the pedagogical potential of using social media, such as social network sites for learning and emphasized the technology’s potential for supporting collaborative knowledge construction (Dede 2008; Greenhow 2011; Siemens, 2005). Yet, pre-service students performing practicum in schools saw little evidence of teaching with SNSs in their classes; where this was reported, they perceived these efforts as primarily reinforcing traditional pedagogies and assessments (Greenhow & Askari, 2017). The various digital media tools that can be employed in school classes can be sorted into four categories: (1) tools for experiential writing and shared resources (blog, Twitter); (2) tools for sharing media and tagging (Flicker, Instagram and Youtube); (3) social media applications that permit creation of a semantic network (Facebook and LinkedIn). (4) Synchronic and a-synchronic communication tools (electronic mail, Skype and WhatsApp) (Dabbagh & Reo, 2011).

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