General Teaching Council Northern Ireland

 


Teaching the teachers a lesson – social media in the classroom

17-01-2011

Social networking is a 21st century phenomenon, with sites such as Facebook attracting over 500 million active users, and Twitter alone averaging over 65 million tweets a day.  They have established themselves as powerful communication and collaboration tools in social and political arenas.  It is therefore logical that those in education are looking at social media to exploit its potential for communication in and out of the classroom.

This potential is examined in a new book series from Emerald Group Publishing, whose first volume, New Directions in Teaching Technologies: Introduction to Educating Educators with Social Media, highlights the rapidly expanding role of social media in higher education. It also provides educators with information and direction on how they can engage in this important dialogue, not only with students, but also with their colleagues.

Edited by Dr Charles Wankel, Associate Professor of Management at St. John's University's Tobin College of Business, he comments, “This volume is aimed at instructors in schools of education and those who support them.  Rather than a recipe book with specific steps, it is meant to be a window by which the decisions, experiences and evaluations of the use of social media in the classroom can be examined”.

New Directions in Teaching Technologies: Introduction to Educating Educators with Social Media is Volume 1 of the Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Education book series, published by Emerald Group Publishing.

The book is available as part of the Emerald eBook collection in Education.  http://books.emeraldinsight.com/display.asp?K=9781849509305

It  can also be purchased separately from the usual book retailers, as well as the Emerald Bookstore: http://books.emeraldinsight.com/display.asp?K=9781849509305

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