Different Continents Similar Challenges: Integrating Social Media in Teacher Education
Melda N. Yildiz, Fulbright Scholar Turkmenistan, United States ; Gul Geldymuradova, Academy of Science, Turkmenistan ; Guncha Komekova, US Public Affairs, Turkmenistan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This study outlines the role of Social Interaction Software (SIS) in teacher education; provides the results of participatory research project in the US and Turkmenistan; offers creative strategies and possibilities for integrating Web 2.0 technologies into the K-12 curriculum with limited resources and equipment; describes participants' reactions and experiences with new technologies; and showcases their curriculum projects. The study conducted while teaching interdisciplinary technology courses and investigated 13 teacher candidates in the US and 15 teachers in Turkmenistan. The study explored wide range of meanings participants associated with new media and technologies; impact of SIS in teacher education; and ways in which participants integrated new media into their projects. Teacher candidates and teachers argued challenges and advantages of handheld devices as classroom tools; developed skills in deconstructing existing curricula for improving student outcomes.
Yildiz, M.N., Geldymuradova, G. & Komekova, G. (2010). Different Continents Similar Challenges: Integrating Social Media in Teacher Education. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2976-2985). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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