Ying Jiang, doctoral candidate of Curriculum and Instruction,
presented a paper co-authored with Crystal Machado, associate professor,
Professional Studies in Education, at the Society for Information Technology
and Teacher Education Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2014.
Their presentation was titled “Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice: Using
Twitter to Heighten Student Engagement Within and Beyond the Classroom.”
Twitter, a microblogging, social media tool which has
become part of the mainstream conversation, is having an impact on politics,
media, business, and education. Jiang described the influence that Twitter is
having across disciplines in general, and the field of education in particular.
With the help of vignettes she described how Machado is using Twitter to engage
pre-service and in-service education professionals across three different
programs, in higher level thinking and reflective practice, both in the field
as well as in the classroom. Participants were invited to explore the pedagogical
possibilities of using Twitter in both K-12 and higher education classrooms.
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