ERIC Number: EJ1138470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
28 Days Later: Twitter Hashtags as "Just in Time" Teacher Professional Development
Greenhalgh, Spencer P.; Koehler, Matthew J.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v61 n3 p273-281 May 2017
Researchers have argued that Twitter has potential to support high-quality professional development (PD) that can respond to teachers' questions and concerns just in time and "on the spot." Yet, very little attention has been paid to instances where Twitter has made just-in-time learning possible. In this paper, we examine one instance of timely professional development on Twitter, in which 3,598 users used an educational hashtag--#educattentats--to create a temporary affinity space supporting French teachers preparing to discuss recent terrorist attacks with their students. We describe this just-in-time PD by focusing on participants and modes of participation, the spread of the hashtag in its first hours and the growth and eventual decline of the hashtag over the course of 28 days. The results of this study suggest that #educattentats served effectively as just-in-time professional development for teachers. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Mass Media Use, Educational Technology, Social Media, Computer Mediated Communication, Learning Strategies, Group Discussion, Discourse Communities, Discourse Modes, Terrorism, Participant Characteristics
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