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To Post, or Not to Post, that is the Question: Pre-Service Teachers’ Social Networking Decisions and Professional Development Needs

, , , Old Dominion University, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 24, Number 3, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

This rise in the use of social networks presents new ethical, legal, and professional challenges for educators. Pre-service teachers need professional development to be cognizant of the content they are posting to personal social networks. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to develop professional development guidelines to help pre-service teachers avoid common errors and misconceptions when using online social networks. A survey was completed by 121 pre-service teachers, which required them to decide what is appropriate to post to their own social networks. The findings show that pre-service teachers were unsure what images and text were appropriate to post. Based on the findings, the researchers provide eight professional development guidelines.

Citation

Crompton, H., Rippard, K. & Sommerfeldt, J. (2016). To Post, or Not to Post, that is the Question: Pre-Service Teachers’ Social Networking Decisions and Professional Development Needs. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 24(3), 257-279. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved July 21, 2018 from .