Facebook goes to College: Using social networking tools to support students undertaking teaching practicum

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English, Rebecca and Howell, Jennifer. (2008). Facebook goes to College: Using social networking tools to support students undertaking teaching practicum. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. 4(4), pp. 596 - 601.
AuthorsEnglish, Rebecca and Howell, Jennifer
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The impact of Web 2.0 and social networking tools on education has been much commented on. Teachers need to consider how to meet the needs of their students utilising Web 2.0 and other social networking tools. However, tertiary institutions are beginning to recognise that the currently enrolled undergraduate student body is also increasingly Web 2.0 proficient. The focus of undergraduate education degrees has primarily been the use of Web 2.0 tools to teach future school students. However, institutions are now realising that these same tools can be used to create pedagogically sound learning environments for pre-service teachers. This paper will explore the use of social networking tools, such as Facebook©, to support students undertaking teaching practicum. It will introduce a project that involved a cohort of business education students currently enrolled in education degrees at Queensland University of Technology. These students were habitual users of Facebook©, and a group page was created to examine their experiences and behaviours during their teaching practicum placements. This paper will suggest how the digital behaviours and habits of students enrolled in this course may be used in developing supportive tools that can be harnessed during practicum periods.

Keywordssocial networking; web 2.0; pre-service teacher education; online communities
Year2008
JournalJournal of Online Learning and Teaching
Journal citation4 (4), pp. 596 - 601
PublisherMultimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (M E R L O T)
ISSN1558-9528
Open accessOpen access
Page range596 - 601
Research GroupSchool of Education
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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