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Educating Teachers for the Knowledge Society: Social Media, Authentic Learning and Communities of Practice
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, , Tampere University of Applied Sciences / School of Vocational Teacher Education, Finland

Global Learn, in Melbourne, Australia ISBN 978-1-880094-85-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

This paper introduces a new approach to preservice and in-service teacher education, based on the principles of authentic and inquiry-based learning taking place in social media environments. In order to promote the students' acquisition of the skills and competences needed in the knowledge society working environment, it is essential that the new generation of teachers are able to put aside some of the traditional concpetions of teaching and learning that derive from the industrial age system and learn to build a new type of professional identity. This paper introduces building a community of practice for networking and sharing of expertise with the help of social media as one solution to this question. Both theoretical background for the program and teachers' and students' experiences with it are discussed in the paper.

Citation

Teräs, H. & Myllylä, M. (2011). Educating Teachers for the Knowledge Society: Social Media, Authentic Learning and Communities of Practice. In S. Barton, J. Hedberg & K. Suzuki (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 1012-1020). Melbourne, Australia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 20, 2019 from .

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