Project #pstn: engaging pre-service teachers in the Twitterverse

Lemon, Narelle and Thorneycroft, Sarah and Jones, David and Forner, Lauren (2012) Project #pstn: engaging pre-service teachers in the Twitterverse. In: 3rd International Conference on Personal Learning Environments (PLE 2012), 11-13 Jul 2012, Aveiro, Portugal and Melbourne, Australia.

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This paper discusses the beginning stages of the #pstn project. #pstn is seeking to introduce pre-service teachers (PSTs) to online networking to help fill in some of those (often huge) gaps between university courses and what actually happens in the classroom. The contribution of this paper is capturing the stories of the research team from very different perspectives around the early stages of #pstn and the insights these stories may hold for the broader practice of encouraging the formation of PLEs within formal education. Insights which suggest the existence of chasms between PSTs and the project members; between the nature of PLEs/PLNs and formal approaches to education; and, the culture of social media for personal and professional reasons. Chasms that need to be explored and bridged before a project like #pstn and perhaps the broader concepts of PLE/PLN can achieve broader success.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 04:39
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 02:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: Twitter; pre-service teachers; PLN; PLE; informal learnING; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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